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Oscars 2022

Will Smith Opens Up About the Slap on ‘The Daily Show’: “Hurt People Hurt People”

Will Smith made his return to late-night television on Monday when he appeared on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah for the first time since he slapped Chris Rock on the Dolby Theatre stage at this year’s Oscars. When Noah asked the Academy Award winner about his journey in the months since the slap incident, […]

Will Smith Sets Out on Quest for Freedom in ‘Emancipation’ Trailer

Will Smith evades cold-blooded hunters and treacherous Louisiana swamps to win his freedom in the trailer for the Apple slavery drama Emancipation, which dropped Wednesday. The Antoine Fuqua film tells the triumphant story of Peter (Smith), a man who escapes from slavery, that is inspired by the 1863 photos of “Whipped Peter,” taken during a Union Army medical […]

‘Emancipation’ Director Defends Release of Will Smith Film After Oscars Slap: “More Important Than One Bad Moment”

Antoine Fuqua is hopeful that viewers will give his forthcoming movie Emancipation a chance as it prepares for release less than a year after Will Smith made headlines for slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards ceremony. During an interview with Vanity Fair that published online Tuesday, the director said that no one involved […]

Oscars: U.K. Picks Farsi-Language ‘Winners’ as International Feature Submission

The British Academy has selected Winners, the Farsi-language drama from British-Iranian writer/director Hassan Nazer as the U.K.’s submission for next year’s international feature award at the Oscars. Fully financed in Scotland with support from Creative Scotland and qualified British through the cultural test, Winners was shot entirely in Iran with 100 percent Farsi dialogue and […]

Will Smith Teases Return to Social Media in First Non-Apology Post Since Oscars

Will Smith appears to have social media — and adorable animals — on the mind. The embattled actor took to Instagram on Friday, marking his first post since the Oscars ceremony on March 27 to not directly reference the infamous moment when he slapped Chris Rock onstage following a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada […]

Zoe Kravitz on Her Reaction to Will Smith’s Oscars Slap: “I Wish I Had Handled That Differently”

Zoë Kravitz is reflecting on her messages that followed Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars ceremony, saying she wishes she had “handled that differently.” During an interview with WSJ. Magazine that published online Tuesday, the actress addressed her Instagram posts that seemingly referenced Smith confronting Rock onstage at the March 27 event […]

Will Packer Is “Pulling” for Will Smith After Oscars Slap Video Apology: “I Love the Fact That He’s Being So Transparent”

Will Packer says that he is “pulling” for Will Smith following the actor’s recent Instagram video statement over his behavior at the 2022 Oscars ceremony, during which he slapped Chris Rock on the Dolby Theatre stage. In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight on the carpet of the producer’s new film The Beast, Packer shared […]

How Latin Superstar Eugenio Derbez Was Able to “Reinvent” Himself With ‘CODA’ and His New Rom-Com

Getting movies made in Hollywood is never easy. But considering he’s the writer, director and star of the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever made, it would be fair to expect that the path to high-profile projects would be a bit more straightforward than Eugenio Derbez has experienced. Derbez, who established himself with Mexican sitcoms in the […]

Tyler Perry Clarifies He Was “De-escalating” the Situation Not “Comforting” Will Smith After Oscars Slap

While speaking with Gayle King for a Tribeca Festival chat in New York City on Monday, Tyler Perry clarified something when the topic of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars came up. During the wide-ranging conversation, the prolific producer was asked if Will Smith would keep his namesake soundstage at Tyler Perry […]

Sean “Diddy” Combs Makes Subtle Joke About Oscars Slap at Billboard Music Awards

During Sunday night’s 2022 Billboard Music Awards, host and executive producer Sean “Diddy” Combs didn’t take long to allude to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars. After taking the stage at the start of the show, Combs made a subtle reference to the Oscars moment when teasing the party atmosphere set for […]

American Cinema Editors Urges Academy Members to Demand Fairness Ahead of Board’s Oscars Postmortem

American Cinema Editors is urging Academy members to demand “fairness” and asking the Motion Picture Academy to “give us a voice” ahead of Tuesday’s meeting of the board of governors, during which they will have a postmortem on the 2022 Oscars. “This year’s Academy Awards ceremony left film editors and many other essential artists on […]

Amy Schumer Says She Reached Out to Leonardo DiCaprio Before Oscars Joke, Got Death Threats Over Kirsten Dunst Bit

When co-hosting the 2022 Oscars, Amy Schumer wasn’t afraid to take aim with her jokes, particularly ones directed at Leonardo DiCaprio, King Richard and Kirsten Dunst. However, Schumer confirmed that the targets of her jokes were aware of what was to come and approved them ahead of time. During an interview on SiriusXM’s The Howard […]