Will Smith gave a teary-eyed apology during his acceptance speech at the 2022 Oscars after slapping Chris Rock over the comedian’s joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.
“I want to apologize to all of my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment, and I’m not crying for winning an award,” Smith, 53, said as he took home Best Actor for his role in “King Richard.”
“It’s not about winning an award for me; it’s about being able to shine a light on all of the people,” he continued.
The first-time Oscar winner could barely get out his words as he held back tears, saying, “Art imitates life; I looked like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy things.”
He then thanked the Academy and admitted he hopes to be invited back after the incident with Rock, to whom he notably did not apologize.
“Thank you for this honor. Thank you for this moment. … Thank you. I’m hoping the Academy invites me back.”