Entertainment News Roundup: Will Smith wins first Oscar for tough dad in ‘King Richard’; Factbox-Celebs react to Will Smith’s altercation at the Oscars and more

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Will Smith wins first Oscar for tough dad in ‘King Richard’

Will Smith won his first Oscar on Sunday, moments after a stunning incident in which he punched presenter Chris Rock on stage for making a joke about his wife and twice yelled a vulgarity. Smith won Best Actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams, the determined dad who raised tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, in “King Richard.”

Factbox-Celebs react to Will Smith’s altercation at the Oscars

Best Actor winner Will Smith shocked the public when he punched presenter Chris Rock in the face and shouted a vulgarity at the comedian for making a joke about his wife’s hairstyle in a moment that overshadowed the Oscars Sunday. Here are some reactions from celebrities on social media.

Jessica Chastain wins Best Actress Oscar for ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’

Jessica Chastain won the Best Leading Actress Oscar on Sunday for her mascara-laden title role as the on-air preaching partner and wife of Christian televangelist Jim Bakker in ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye,’ chronicling the rise and the fall of the couple. The Oscar triumph for Chastain, 45, virtually unrecognizable in heavy Tammy Faye Bakker makeup, followed a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance and capped the third Oscar nomination of her career.

Oscars broadcast ratings jump from last year’s low

About 15.36 million people watched Sunday’s live broadcast of the Oscars on Walt Disney Co’s ABC network, a major jump from last year but the second-lowest viewership of all time, according to preliminary audience data. The figure for the film industry’s highest awards rose 56% from last year’s record ratings, ABC said Monday. Early estimates for the 2021 show, which was scaled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reached 9.85 million viewers.

‘CODA’ wins top prize, Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at Oscars

“CODA,” a heartwarming film about a deaf family with a hearing daughter, won the historic best picture award at the Oscars on Sunday, in a ceremony overshadowed by best actor winner Will Smith’s slap in the face on presenter Chris Rock. “CODA” has become the first film from a streaming service, Apple TV+, to win the film industry’s biggest prize.

A violent explosion overshadows Oscar’s return from the pandemic

The Oscars telecast was replete with much of what was left of last year’s pandemic-shackled show, offering a trio of female hosts, a return to lavish musical productions and a heavy dose of comedy, in much bolder than usual for the Oscars. It was a bit of that testy humor, delivered by comedian Chris Rock and deemed offensive by actor Will Smith, that led to Sunday night’s biggest moment – a nominated actor angrily slapping a presenter in the face on national television live.

Ukraine receives a near-silent salute at the Oscars

Hollywood shared a bit of its big night with the people of Ukraine on Sunday, using text on a screen to ask the world for financial contributions for those suffering from the Russian onslaught. A few celebrities also made brief comments, but the Oscars telecast clearly did not turn into a megaphone for messages about Ukraine. Instead, the show’s makers opted for a silent message that doesn’t mention Russia, which invaded Ukraine 31 days ago.

Film academy condemns Will Smith slap, begins review of Oscars incident

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that hands out the Oscars, on Monday condemned Will Smith’s slap in the face of presenter Chris Rock during Sunday night’s ceremony and said it had begun a formal review of the ‘incident. Smith took the stage during the televised ceremony and punched Rock in the face after the comedian made a joke about how Smith’s wife looked. Less than an hour later, Smith won Best Actor for his role in “King Richard.”

Will Smith hits Chris Rock on stage, then wins an Oscar

Best Actor winner Will Smith slapped presenter Chris Rock in the face and yelled a vulgarity at the comedian for making a joke about his wife’s hairstyle in a shocking moment overshadowing the Oscars ceremony on Sunday. About 45 minutes later, while accepting his first Best Actor Oscar for his role in ‘King Richard,’ Smith apologized to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and his fellow nominees in a speech filled with tears, but not from Rock.

US Supreme Court to decide copyright fight over Prince Warhol’s paintings

In a case that could help clarify when and how artists can use the work of others, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to settle a copyright dispute between a photographer and Andy’s estate. Warhol regarding Warhol’s 1984 paintings of rock star Prince. Judges upheld the Andy Warhol Foundation’s appeal against a lower court ruling that its paintings – based on a photo of Prince that photographer Lynn Goldsmith took for Newsweek magazine in 1981 – were unprotected by the copyright doctrine known as fair use. This doctrine permits unlicensed use of copyrighted works under certain circumstances.

(With agency contributions.)

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