Oscars 2022 live: Stars react to Will Smith’s swipe at Chris Rock

Vanessa Hudgens and Lily James among early Oscar-comers

There have been shocks, sighs and surprises at this year’s Oscars – but all anyone cares about is a slap in the face. The Oscars took place on Sunday evening (March 27), including films The power of the dog, Westside Story, Liquorice Pizza and coda fight in the big categories.

The biggest story of the night had almost nothing to do with the awards: a shocking altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock, sparked by a joke about Smith’s wife Jada. Smith took the stage and appeared to punch Rock in the face before yelling at him not to relate to his wife again.

It undoubtedly overshadowed the evening as a whole, and in particular – about half an hour later – Smith’s winning the Oscar for Best Actor King Richard. Smith tearfully called himself “a vessel of love” and apologized to the Academy. The LAPD confirmed that it was aware that an incident had taken place, but that no one involved had filed a report. The academy said it “does not condone any form of violence”.

Elsewhere, coda was awarded for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress went to Jessica Chastain Tammy Faye’s eyes,Westside StoryAriana DeBose won Best Supporting Actress and Troy Kotsur won Best Supporting Actor coda.

Check out the full list of tonight’s winners here, and rewatch all of the awards, jokes and developments from the night on our live blog below…


The biggest talking points of the evening

With the Will Smith incident, this was the most dramatic Oscar night since La La Land/Moonlight Mix-up 2017.

But don’t forget, there were also some winners…

Read the main discussion points here.

Ellie HarrisonMarch 28, 2022 6:54 am


Will Smith’s tearful Best Actor speech can be read in full here

the King Richard exclaimed Star as he took the stage, apologizing for his actions and revealing what Denzel Washington said to him shortly after the altercation with Chris Rock.

Read the speech in full here.

Ellie HarrisonMarch 28, 2022 6:50 am


Academy reacts to Will Smith hitting Chris Rock

Ellie HarrisonMarch 28, 2022 6:18 am


A celebration of Coda, this year’s Best Picture winner

The night’s big wins may have been largely overshadowed by Will Smith beating Chris Rock, but take a moment to acknowledge the best picture winner. codaunder…

Ellie HarrisonMarch 28, 2022 6:06 am


The LAPD said Chris Rock is not charging him

The Los Angeles Police Department has responded to the altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock.

Read the whole story here.

Ellie HarrisonMarch 28, 2022 5:54 am


Jimmy Kimmel took a moment to praise the Oscar hosts amid the chaos of the onstage altercation

The late-night host applauded Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes

Ellie HarrisonMarch 28, 2022 5:51 am


Minnie Driver was interviewed about the red carpet altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock.

And more celebrity reactions here.

Ellie HarrisonMarch 28, 2022 5:45 am


Jaden Smith tweets about his dad slapping Chris Rock on stage

Will Smith was condemned by many celebrities after beating Chris Rock on stage for making a joke about his wife.

His son Jaden, 23, has now posted about the incident.

Ellie HarrisonMarch 28, 2022 5:40 am


In a statement, the Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that it is aware of an incident that occurred at the Academy Awards, but that no one involved has filed a complaint.

“LAPD investigative authorities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program,” the LAPD said in a statement. “In the incident, one person hit another. The person concerned declined to make a complaint to the police. If the party involved desires a police report at a later date, the LAPD is available to prepare an investigative report.”

Adam WhiteMarch 28, 2022 5:33 am


Good morning, I’m taking over Adam’s live blog to recap the events of the night, from The Slap to the biggest wins…

Here’s the moment again

Ellie HarrisonMarch 28, 2022 5:19 am

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