New footage posted by TikTok user @_crystaldlace shows Cooper and Smith standing alone by the side of the stage, with Cooper’s arm on the King Richard star’s shoulder.
Just a few minutes later that was filmed, Smith gave a tearful acceptance speech after winning the award for Best Actor and revealed what Washington said to him during the break.
“I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people,” he said.
The actor consoled him after the incidentGetty/@_crystaldlace
“I know, to do what we do, we’ve gotta be able to take abuse. You’ve gotta be able to have people talk crazy about you. In this business, you’ve gotta be able to have people disrespecting you. You’ve gotta smile and pretend that that’s okay.
He then revealed what “Denzel said to me a few minutes ago”, adding that Washington had told him: “‘In your highest moments, be careful; that’s when the devil comes for you’.”
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