Chris Rock can be seen chuckling as Will Smith walks onto the stage. But as he reaches the host, Smith swing his fist or palm at the comic, sending the comic flailing backwards and exclaiming: "Oh wow."
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Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper, and Tyler Perry were seen appearing to console Smith after the incident.
Smith went on to receive the award for Best Actor for his performance in King Richard, and became incredibly emotional.
He praised Richard Williams – the father of Venus and Serena Williams whom he portrays in the film – as a “fierce defender of his family”.
“I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people,” said Smith.
He continued: “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. But Richard Williams and what I love – what Denzel [Washington] said to me a few minutes ago – ‘In your highest moments, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you.’”
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