Chris Rock, Richard Williams, Jada Pinkett Smith discussed on Morning Edition


Richard Oh wow Wow All right are you supposed to walk us through what happened there So basically Chris Rock makes a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith being in GI Jane too because she has her head of shaved and he seemed to be making a joke about her being bald It's not clear if Chris Rock was aware that she has alopecia which causes hair loss but she's very very public about it in the past And Will Smith obviously took offense to it walked up on stage clocked Chris Rock and then walked back to his seat and yelled twice for Chris Rock to keep my wife's name out of your mouth And he used some expletives there Yeah so as you mentioned he went back to his seat yelled what he yelled but then as the night went on he won for best actor his first ever Academy Award Right exactly And the speech was not the apology that I think a lot of people hoped for expected He basically compared himself to Richard Williams which is the character he won for playing Viennese and Serena Williams father And mentioned how art imitates life and how people often called Richard Williams crazy and weird and that he was just defending his loved ones He also invoked God and the devil and he didn't actually apologize to Chris Rock He apologized to the members of the academy They apologized to his fellow nominees but there was no apology to the person who deserved it the most Now it doesn't seem like it but there were other really big moments that the actual awards tell us about those Yeah so it was interesting to see kodo when all the awards it was nominated for including the biggest one best picture with that win Apple became the first streaming service to take home the big prize on Oscar night Also from koda troika who plays the father in that movie He won the best supporting afterward And he is now the first deaf man to get an Oscar for acting And speaking of making history Ariana debose one for best supporting actress Yeah it was great to see her win because it was a very historic moment She's the first openly queer woman of color to win an Oscar for acting And it's also worth noting that this is a sort of rare win where a pair has won Oscars for playing the same person So Rita Moreno won the award 60 years ago for playing Anita and she was also in the room that night to cheer Ariana on So it was really nice to see that happen That's NPR's Aisha Harris She's a co host of NPR's pop culture happy hour Thanks a lot Thank you Tensions.

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