AAFCA 2023: Will Smith Returns To Award Stage for the First Time Since 2022 Oscars Slap Incident

Almost a year after slapping comedian Chris Rock during last year’s Oscars ceremony for a joke on his wife, actor Will Smith recently made his first award show appearance since the incident. According to E! News, a US-based entertainment news outlet, Smith took the stage to accept the Beacon Award at the African American Film Critics Association Awards for his role in Emancipation. After Will Smith-Chris Rock Slap Incident at Oscars 2022, Indian Fans Reminded of Ashutosh Gowariker Slamming Sajid Khan During an Awards Night (Watch Viral Video).

After picking up the honour, he reflected on the toll the Apple TV+ film, in which he portrays an enslaved man named Peter in the 1860s, took on him.

Emancipation was the most individual difficult film of my entire career… It’s really difficult to transport a modern mind to that time period. It’s difficult to imagine that level of inhumanity,” recalled Smith He attended the premiere of the film with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and their three kids: Trey Smith, Jaden Smith and Willow Smith. Since the Oscars incident, the 54-year-old actor has largely stayed out of the spotlight. Zoe Kravitz ‘Regrets’ Calling Out Will Smith Publicly For the Oscar Slap, Wishes She Had Handled it Differently.

Following the March 2022 incident, the Smith family remained united. Chris made a joke about Jada, who was in the audience and has spoken about her alopecia, having a shaved head while presenting an award at the presentation.

Will took the stage after Chris made the statement, slapped him, and said, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth.” Following this, the actor received a 10-year ban from all Academy events after picking up the Best Actor Oscar later in the evening. Since the incident, both Jada and Will have reflected on the night.

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