Entertainment News Roundup: Will Smith wins first Oscar for tough dad in ‘King Richard’; Jazz artist Somi pays tribute to Miriam Makeba in new album 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.”

Jazz artist Somi pays tribute to Miriam Makeba in new album

Late South African singer Miriam Makeba remains an inspiration 14 years after her death, prompting jazz artist Somi to pay homage with new twists to the anti-apartheid icon’s greatest hits. Makeba, who emerged from a black township to world fame with songs like “Pata Pata” and “Malaika” and spent three decades in exile for fighting white minority rule, set an example through his life as much as through his music, Somi said.

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.

From Joker to Morbius: Jared Leto takes on a new role in comics

After playing DC Comics’ Joker, Oscar winner Jared Leto takes on Marvel’s Morbius in the first big-screen adaptation of the vampire-like character. “It was an incredible opportunity,” Leto told Reuters in an interview.

‘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.

Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock for slapping, academy weighs action

Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock on Monday for slapping the comedian at the Oscars on Sunday night, releasing a statement after the film academy said it may take action against Smith over an incident that eclipsed the biggest awards in the industry. Smith, in an Instagram post, said her behavior at the televised ceremony was “unacceptable and inexcusable.”

Hollywood execs remain silent on Will Smith’s Oscars incident

A day after superstar Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock minutes before accepting the Best Actor Oscar at the 94th Academy Awards, Hollywood power brokers remained publicly silent even as celebrities criticized the attack on social networks. The lack of response speaks to Smith’s high popularity in Hollywood and his strong box office cachet, some observers say.

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.

Boxing-Jake Paul offers Smith and Rock $30 million to fight after Oscars dust

Boxing promoter Jake Paul has offered Will Smith and Chris Rock $15 million each to get in the ring and settle their differences after Smith slapped Rock during the Oscars awards ceremony on Sunday. 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.

(With agency contributions.)

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