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‘Overwhelmed’ Will Smith Goes Viral Onstage at Oscars in Tuxedo & Sharp Shoes Before Winning Best Actor

Chris Rock and Will Smith were sharply dressed tonight at the 2022 Oscars at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Rock arrived onstage in a blue velvet tuxedo jacket and coordinating trousers to present the award for Best Documentary. Paired with a white suit, black bow tie and glossy black brogues, the comedian’s look was both dapper and fitting within classic evening dress codes.

slapped, hit, Chris Rock and Will Smith onstage at the 94th Academy Awards held at Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on March 27th, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
Chris Rock and Will Smith onstage at the 94th Academy Awards held at Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on March 27th, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
CREDIT: Christopher Polk for Variety

Smith was also sharply dressed in a black Dolce and Gabbana 3-piece suit, complete with a matching tuxedo jacket and vest, over a white shirt. Completing his ensemble were sparkling tie jewels by Cartier.

However, the evening took a dramatic turn once Rock made a joke at the expense of Jada Pinkett-Smith regarding her hair — not keeping in mind her alopecia diagnosis. Smith arrived onstage and promptly slapped Rock in the face, creating one of the evening’s most viral moments. The occasion elicited numerous reactions from celebrity members of the audience, which have now become viral memes — specifically, those from Lupita Nyong’o, Beyoncé and Nicole Kidman.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith at the 94th Academy Awards held at Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on March 27th, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith at the 94th Academy Awards held at Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on March 27th, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
CREDIT: Christopher Polk for Variety

Soon afterwards, Smith won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams — father of superstar tennis players Serena and Venus Williams — in the drama “King Richard.” During his acceptance speech, Smith highlighted the importance of protecting loved ones, thanked the Williams family and apologized to those in attendance — as well as the Academy — for the prior moment with Rock.

Chris Rock slapped and Will Smith onstage at the 94th Academy Awards held at Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on March 27th, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
Chris Rock and Will Smith onstage at the 94th Academy Awards held at Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on March 27th, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
CREDIT: Christopher Polk for Variety

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Will Smith accepts his Best Actor award for “King Richard” at the 94th Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 27, 2022.
CREDIT: Christopher Polk for Variety

The 2022 Academy Awards — also known as the Oscars — celebrate the top talents across the film industry. This year’s event, held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, will be hosted by Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes. Leading the nominations is Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog,” as well as “Dune,” “Belfast,” “King Richard” and “West Side Story.”

The event’s nominees include a range of Hollywood’s top stars, including Kristen Stewart, Andrew Garfield, Kirsten Dunst and more. The evening concludes with a range of similarly star-studded after parties, hosted by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Vanity Fair and more.

The Oscars will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET on ABC but if you don’t have cable, you can also watch it via streaming services like Hulu+ Live TVFubo TV, and YouTube TV.

See more celebrity arrivals on the Oscars 2022 red carpet.

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