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Chris Rock has declined to pursue criminal charges against Will Smith after being struck by the actor on Sunday during the 94th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Rock, 57, was slapped by Smith, 53, after the comedian cracked a joke about the actor’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith, 50.

A statement from the Los Angeles Police Department read: ‘LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program. The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved has declined to file a police report. If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report.’

Oscars slap: Chris Rock has declined to pursue criminal charges against Will Smith after being struck by the actor on Sunday during the 94th Academy Awards in Los Angeles

Oscars slap: Chris Rock has declined to pursue criminal charges against Will Smith after being struck by the actor on Sunday during the 94th Academy Awards in Los Angeles

Oscars slap: Chris Rock has declined to pursue criminal charges against Will Smith after being struck by the actor on Sunday during the 94th Academy Awards in Los Angeles

Rock was presenting the Oscar for Best Documentary during the event at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood when he joked about Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.

He compared her to the shaved head look of Demi Moore in the 1997 movie G.I. Jane.

Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia and did not laugh at the joke.

Smith then approached the stage and slapped Rock hard across the face with his right hand.

Post joke: Rock, 57, was slapped by Smith, 53, after the comedian cracked a joke about the actor's wife Jada Pinkett Smith, 50

Post joke: Rock, 57, was slapped by Smith, 53, after the comedian cracked a joke about the actor's wife Jada Pinkett Smith, 50

Post joke: Rock, 57, was slapped by Smith, 53, after the comedian cracked a joke about the actor’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith, 50

The incident: A statement from the Los Angeles Police Department read: 'LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program. The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved has declined to file a police report. If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report'

The incident: A statement from the Los Angeles Police Department read: 'LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program. The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved has declined to file a police report. If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report'

The incident: A statement from the Los Angeles Police Department read: ‘LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program. The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved has declined to file a police report. If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report’

‘Will Smith just smacked the s*** out of me,’ Rock said from the stage after being hit.

Smith returned to his seat next to his wife after the outburst and yelled at the comic. 

‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth!,’ Smith twice shouted at a shocked Rock.

Wife's name: 'Keep my wife's name out of your f***ing mouth!,' Smith twice shouted at a shocked Rock after slapping him

Wife's name: 'Keep my wife's name out of your f***ing mouth!,' Smith twice shouted at a shocked Rock after slapping him

Wife’s name: ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth!,’ Smith twice shouted at a shocked Rock after slapping him

Smith later won the Oscar for Best Actor for his work in King Richard after the incident.

‘I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award. It’s not about winning an award for me. It’s about being able to shine a light on all of the people,’ Smith said during his acceptance speech.

Smith won Best Actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams, the determined father who raised tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, in ‘King Richard.’

Oscar winner: Smith later won the Oscar for Best Actor for his work in King Richard after the incident

Oscar winner: Smith later won the Oscar for Best Actor for his work in King Richard after the incident

Oscar winner: Smith later won the Oscar for Best Actor for his work in King Richard after the incident

The clearly emotional actor used his acceptance speech to defend his on-stage meltdown.

‘Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,’ Smith said at the start of his speech. He continued: ‘I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people.’

Smith continued: ‘To do what we do, you got to be able to take abuse. You gotta be able to have people talk crazy about you. In this business, you gotta be able to have people disrespecting you, and you gotta smile, and you gotta pretend like that’s OK. 

Fierce defender: 'Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,' Smith said at the start of his speech

Fierce defender: 'Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,' Smith said at the start of his speech

Fierce defender: ‘Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,’ Smith said at the start of his speech

He did not mention Rock while apologizing for his physical outburst during his speech.

‘Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father,’ said Smith. ‘But love will make you do crazy things.’

The shocking scene was broadcast live around the world and stunned both the live audience at the Dolby Theatre and TV viewers.

Slap heard: The exchange was muted on a delayed telecast in much of the US, but was aired in full to some international audiences

Slap heard: The exchange was muted on a delayed telecast in much of the US, but was aired in full to some international audiences

Slap heard: The exchange was muted on a delayed telecast in much of the US, but was aired in full to some international audiences

Headed back: Smith walked back to his seat after slapping Rock on live television

Headed back: Smith walked back to his seat after slapping Rock on live television

Headed back: Smith walked back to his seat after slapping Rock on live television

The exchange was muted on a delayed telecast in much of the US, but was aired in full to some international audiences.

Referring to Pinkett Smith’s buzzcut, Rock said: ‘Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2’, prompting the actress to roll her eyes. Pinkett Smith has been grappling with hair loss since revealing her alopecia diagnosis in 2018.

After being slapped, Rock appeared shocked and flustered as he tried to resume presenting the best documentary feature category.

Shocking moment: After being slapped, Rock appeared shocked and flustered as he tried to resume presenting the best documentary feature category

Shocking moment: After being slapped, Rock appeared shocked and flustered as he tried to resume presenting the best documentary feature category

Shocking moment: After being slapped, Rock appeared shocked and flustered as he tried to resume presenting the best documentary feature category

Hair loss: Pinkett Smith has been grappling with hair loss since revealing her alopecia diagnosis in 2018

Hair loss: Pinkett Smith has been grappling with hair loss since revealing her alopecia diagnosis in 2018

Hair loss: Pinkett Smith has been grappling with hair loss since revealing her alopecia diagnosis in 2018

‘That was the greatest night in the history of television,’ Rock said, before awkwardly returning to presenting best documentary, which went to Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul (…or When the Revolution Was Not Televised).’

Vanity Fair executive editor Ramin Setoodeh, who was tweeting live from the ceremony, said that someone who works for the Oscars told him that Rock was not interrupted by Smith at rehearsals yesterday.

‘It was not supposed to happen. It was real,’ he wrote.

After the slap seen round the world, Smith was seen being comforted and consoled by Denzel Washington and actor-producer Tyler Perry.

Consoling words: After the slap seen round the world, Smith was seen being comforted and consoled by Denzel Washington and actor-producer Tyler Perry

Consoling words: After the slap seen round the world, Smith was seen being comforted and consoled by Denzel Washington and actor-producer Tyler Perry

Consoling words: After the slap seen round the world, Smith was seen being comforted and consoled by Denzel Washington and actor-producer Tyler Perry

During his acceptance speech, Smith revealed what Washington had told him during the commercial break: ‘Be careful at your highest moment… that’s when the devil comes for you.’

Bradley Cooper also pulled Smith aside and was seen in close conversation with him.

Setoodeh, watching from inside the theater, said that Smith’s publicist approached him and spoke to him during a commercial break.

‘I hope the Academy invites me back,’ Smith said at the end of his acceptance speech.

Oscar winner: Smith later won the Oscar for Best Actor for his work in King Richard after the incident

Oscar winner: Smith later won the Oscar for Best Actor for his work in King Richard after the incident

Oscar winner: Smith later won the Oscar for Best Actor for his work in King Richard after the incident

OSCARS 2022: WINNERS

 BEST PICTURE 

Belfast (Focus Features)

Coda (Apple) – WINNER

Don’t Look Up (Netflix)

Drive My Car (Janus Films/Sideshow)

Dune (Warner Bros)

King Richard (Warner Bros)

Licorice Pizza (MGM/United Artists Releasing)

Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures)

The Power Of The Dog (Netflix)

West Side Story  (20th Century Studios)

History: Coda became the first ever streaming film to win Best Picture as it upset The Power Of The Dog

History: Coda became the first ever streaming film to win Best Picture as it upset The Power Of The Dog

History: Coda became the first ever streaming film to win Best Picture as it upset The Power Of The Dog

 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 

Jessie Buckley – The Lost Daughter 

Ariana DeBose – West Side Story – WINNER

Judi Dench – Belfast 

Kirsten Dunst- The Power Of The Dog

Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard 

  

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 

Ciaran Hinds – Belfast 

Troy Kotsur – Coda – WINNER

Jesse Plemons – The Power Of The Dog

J.K Simmons – Being The Ricardos 

Kodi Smitt-McPhee – The Power Of The Dog

Amazing: Troy Kotsur became the first male actor to win an Oscar for Coda

Amazing: Troy Kotsur became the first male actor to win an Oscar for Coda

Amazing: Troy Kotsur became the first male actor to win an Oscar for Coda

 

COSTUME DESIGN 

Cruella (Jenny Beavan) – WINNER

Cyrano (Massimo Cantini Parrini)

Dune (Jacqueline West)

Nightmare Alley (Luis Sequeira)

West Side Story (Paul Tazewell) 

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND 

Belfast 

Dune – WINNER

No Time To Die 

The Power Of The Dog 

West Side Story 

 

ORIGINAL SCORE

Don’t Look Up (Nicholas Britell)

Dune (Hans Zimmer) – WINNER

Encanto (Germaine Franco)

Parallel Mothers (Alberto Iglesias)

The Power of the Dog (Jonny Greenwood)

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

 CODA (Sian Heder) – WINNER

Drive My Car (Ryusuke Hamaguchi & Takamasa Oe)

Dune (Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts & Denis Villeneuve)

The Lost Daughter (Maggie Gyllenhaal)

The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion)

Shining moment: Sian Heder earned Best Adapted screenplay for the film as it went three for three on the night

Shining moment: Sian Heder earned Best Adapted screenplay for the film as it went three for three on the night

Shining moment: Sian Heder earned Best Adapted screenplay for the film as it went three for three on the night

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

 Belfast (Kenneth Branagh) – WINNER

Don’t Look Up (Adam McKay & David Sirota)

Licorice Pizza (Paul Thomas Anderson)

King Richard (Zach Baylin)

The Worst Person in the World (Joachim Trier & Eskil Vogt)

 

 

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Affairs Of The Heart 

Bestia 

Box Ballet 

Robin Robin 

The Windshield Wiper – WINNER

 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM 

Ala Kachuu — Take and Run

The Dress

The Long Goodbye – WINNER

On My Mind

Please Hold

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM 

Drive My Car – WINNER

Flee

The Hand of God

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

The Worst Person in the World

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

 Dune (Zsuzsanna Sipos & Patrice Vermette) – WINNER

Nightmare Alley (Tamara Deverell & Shane Vieau)

The Power of the Dog (Grant Major & Amber Richards)

The Tragedy of Macbeth (Stefan Dechant & Nancy Haigh)

West Side Story (Rena DeAngelo & Adam Stockhausen)

 ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE 

Javier Bardem – Being the Ricardos

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog

Andrew Garfield – tick, tick… BOOM!

Will Smith – King Richard – WINNER

Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye – WINNER

Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter

Penélope Cruz – Parallel Mothers

Nicole Kidman – Being the Ricardos

Kristen Stewart – Spencer

All eyes on her: Jessica Chastain finally won her first Best Actress trophy for her titular role in The Eyes Of Tammy Faye

All eyes on her: Jessica Chastain finally won her first Best Actress trophy for her titular role in The Eyes Of Tammy Faye

All eyes on her: Jessica Chastain finally won her first Best Actress trophy for her titular role in The Eyes Of Tammy Faye

 

DIRECTING 

Kenneth Branagh – Belfast

Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza

Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog – WINNER

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – Drive My Car

Steven Spielberg – West Side Story  

 

FILM EDITING 

Don’t Look Up (Hank Corwin)

Dune (Joe Walker) – WINNER

King Richard (Pamela Martin)

The Power of the Dog (Peter Sciberras)

Tick, Tick… Boom! (Myron Kerstein & Andrew Weisblum)

 

 

MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING

Coming 2 America 

Cruella 

Dune 

The Eyes Of Tammy Faye – WINNER

House Of Gucci

 

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 

Encanto – WINNER

Flee 

Luca 

The Mitchells VS The Machine 

Raya And The Lost Dragon 

 

ORIGINAL SONG

Be Alive — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Darius Scott (King Richard)

Dos Oruguitas — Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto)

Down to Joy — Van Morrison (Belfast)

No Time to Die — Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell (No Time to Die) – WINNER

Somehow You Do— Diane Warren (Four Good Days)

Not a bad guy: Billie Eilish and brother FINNEAS earned Best Original Song for No Time To Die from the James Bond film of the same name

Not a bad guy: Billie Eilish and brother FINNEAS earned Best Original Song for No Time To Die from the James Bond film of the same name

Not a bad guy: Billie Eilish and brother FINNEAS earned Best Original Song for No Time To Die from the James Bond film of the same name 

  

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Audible

Lead Me Home

The Queen of Basketball – WINNER

Three Songs for Benazir

When We Were Bullies

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Ascension

Attica

Flee

Summer of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) – WINNER

Writing with Fire

 

VISUAL EFFECTS 

Dune – WINNER

Free Guy 

No Time To Die 

 Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings

Spider-Man: No Way Home 

Epic: Dune swept the technical awards as Greig Fraser is shown accepting the Best Cinematography gong

Epic: Dune swept the technical awards as Greig Fraser is shown accepting the Best Cinematography gong

Epic: Dune swept the technical awards as Greig Fraser is shown accepting the Best Cinematography gong

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY 

 Dune (Greig Fraser) – WINNER

Nightmare Alley (Dan Lausten)

The Power of the Dog (Ari Wegner)

The Tragedy of Macbeth (Bruno Delbonnel)

West Side Story (Janusz Kaminski)

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