04.03.2023 / 02:13
Will Smith and Chris Rock: Where Things Stand One Year After the Oscars Slap
the 2023 Oscars -- it's impossible not to think back on last year's Academy Awards, which honored plenty of impressive achievements in film, but was overshadowed by the now-infamous incident in which Will Smith stormed the stage to hit Chris Rock in the face over a joke Rock made about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.The moment was the most jaw-dropping awards show incident since the Best Picture mixup of 2017, with many in the room wondering if it was a staged bit, before the uncomfortable silence stretched into realization. Later in the show, the awkward tension was compounded by the fact that Smith won the Oscar for Best Actor — for his title role in the Williams' sister biopic, — and took the stage once again, this time with a mix of joy and tearful apology.As Chris Rock prepares for his history-making live Netflix special,, it's expected that he'll address the incident at length for the first time publicly, as part of the standup set. So, if you need a refresher, here's a look at how «The Slap» went down, and everything that's happened since:The Slap Heard Round Hollywood happened at the 94th Academy Awards, which were held on March 27, 2022, at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre and was hosted by the trio of Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes.Rock took the stage midway through the ceremony to present the Oscar for Best Documentary, when he made a joke about Smith's wife.