Will Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow best actor nominees in his winning acceptance speech, shortly after he went on stage and slapped Chris Rock for making a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.
During that speech, The Oscars cut out the video in the middle for a few seconds at a time as they came back to show Serena & Venus Williams in the crowd. Most thought it had something to do with Smith, but it was because Venus had an unfortunate nipple slip and did not realize it.
“I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award. It’s not about winning an award for me. It’s about being able to shine a light on all of the people. Tim and Trevor and Zack and Saniyya and Demi and Aunjanue and the entire cast and crew of ‘King Richard,’ Venus and Serena, the entire Williams family. Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams,” Smith said in his tearful acceptance speech.
Rock had earlier made a joke about Pinkett Smith being in “G.I. Jane” because of her shaved head. He likely had no clue her head being bald was a medical cvondition.
After smacking Rock in the face, Smith yelled at him, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!”
Despite the shocking moment that had just taken place, Smith kept the end of his speech light and joked about being invited back to the Oscars.