Will Smith’s masterful performance in King Richard earned the Philadelphia native the Best Actor Award at the 94th Academy Awards.. The film follows the story of the father of the two American tennis legends. venus and serena williams.
Will Smith, before receiving the prestigious award, did not like a bad joke made by the comedian Chris Rock towards his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith was unable to maintain control and punched chris rock in the face after arriving on stage.
Almost a year after the incident, Serena Williams spoke again about the episode that caused so much discussion in an interview with Gayle King for CBS Mornings..
Serena Williams Defends Will Smith From Oscar Slap Criticism
She explained: «I think it was an extraordinary film, awarded immediately after by Questlove.but it was overshadowed by history.
But I also think I’ve been in a position where I’ve been under a lot of pressure and made terrible mistakes. I’m the type of person who says: I’ve been in this position too. I made a mistake. It’s not the end of the world. We are all imperfect and we are all human.: We just try to be nice to each other.
This is often forgotten.» Will Smith immediately apologized for the bad reaction, explaining, «I was going through something that night, you know? Not that that justifies my behavior at all. I understand how shocking that was for people.
I left. That was a rage that had been suppressed for a long time. It was a horrible night, as you can imagine». The American actor managed to identify himself like no one else in Richard Williams, father of the two champions Serena and Venus, and told the story of one of the most famous families in the history of the sport of the best manner.
The Academy, via Twitter, condemned the gesture made by Will Smith and specified that it does not approve of violence in any way.