Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith were beaming at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party after he won Best Actor for slapping Chris Rock in the face.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith were all about celebrating after the 94th Academy Awards, despite a contentious interaction with Chris Rock earlier in the evening.
Will, 53, and Jada, 50, were all smiles in images from the Vanity Fair Oscar Party after the ceremony, with the King Richard star brandishing his new Best Actor award.
The pair appeared on the red carpet with their daughter Willow Smith, 21, and son Jaden Smith, 23, as well as Will’s son Trey Smith, 29, at the event on Sunday night.
Will and Jada were also seen partying in a huge group, where Will reportedly sung and danced to his 1998 song “Gettin’ Jiggy wit It,” according to photos taken inside.
Will was ecstatic after slapping Rock, 57, on the Oscars stage. Jada’s shaved head, which she just told up about as a result of her years-long battle with alopecia, was the subject of a joke by Rock. “I adore you, Jada. I’m looking forward to seeing you in G.I. Jane 2,” he stated.
Jada rolled her eyes in response to the remark, and Will, after initially giggling, stepped to the stage and sang Rock. “Keep my wife’s name out of your f—-ing mouth!” Will exclaimed as he returned to his seat.
“In this time in my life, in this moment, I am overwhelmed by what God is calling on me to do and be in this world,” Will said through tears in his Best Actor acceptance speech. “… I’m being called on in my life to love people, to defend people, and to be a river to my people.”
“I know you have to be able to take abuse; you have to be able to have people talk crazy about you to do what we do,” the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum stated. “In this industry, you have to be able to put up with people disrespecting you and smile and seem like it’s okay.”
He also compared himself to Richard Williams, who played King Richard and was a “fierce defender of his family.”
Will also revealed that minutes before his win, Denzel Washington advised him to “be careful because that’s when the devil comes for you.”
He then went on to directly address the situation, apologizing to the Academy and his fellow actors for the event – but omitting to mention Rock.
“I’d want to express my regret to the Academy. I’d want to express my regret to all of my fellow nominees “he stated “Art imitates life: I resemble my insane father. They said the same thing about Richard Williams. Love, on the other hand, will drive you insane.”
He continued, “The ability to love and care for my mother and family, as well as my wife… Thank you so much for the honor. Thank you for this opportunity. I’m hoping to get invited back to the Academy.”
Following the event, the Academy issued a statement condemning Will’s actions:
“Violence in any form is not tolerated by the Academy. Tonight, we are thrilled to honor the 94th Academy Award recipients, who have earned this honor from their peers and moviegoers all across the world.”
The furious disagreement between the Best Actor winner and Oscars presenter, according to a source, dates back several years, when Rock took aim at Jada during his hosting duties at the 2016 Academy Awards.
“When Chris hosted the Oscars in 2016, Jada declared a boycott due to the ‘Oscars So White’ controversy. He made light of her in his monologue, claiming she couldn’t boycott something she wasn’t invited to “the insider clarified “Will was still enraged by it.”
Rock “has declined to file a police report,” according to a statement obtained by Variety from the Los Angeles Police Department. “If the involved party wishes for a police report to be completed at a later date, the LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report,” the statement continued.