We left off last month with the post script of the Screen Actors Guild Awards about to take place on Sunday night February 27th. It be — the first of the guilds to give out their big prizes this season. The guilds — your Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild, Producers Guild and your Writers Guild make particularly interesting predictors of Oscar season. The Golden Globes are chosen by some of the same voters, of which Will Smith won for Best Actor in King Richard...as well as a SAG (*Actor) statue. This might be the time to mention that Golden Globe saying: Be careful what you wish for!
Click the fuzzy graphic above to a get a clear picture of how the SAG Awards wound up.
And of course there are the BAFTA Awards across the pond. It was the 75th British Academy Film Awards, also known as the BAFTAs, that were held on March 13th, 2022 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, honoring the best national and foreign films of 2021. Check out (the clip) of this year's host: the New Rebel Wilson and her take on Will Smith before...well, you know. I forgot that Will & his wife Jada Pinkett have made public - they're having an open marriage. Spoiler Alert, I see where Rebel was going with that joke.
Now the stage is set for the 94th Academy Awards with this years hosts; Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes.
Amy Schumer, is at a loss as to why Will Smith went ballistic over Chris Rock's G.I. Jane joke aimed at Jada's shaved-head hair style. Will walked over from his ring-side table to the stage and bitch-slapped Chris in front of zillions of people. Then, from his seat afterwards, tongue bashed Chris with a couple of 'F' bombs. You see, those-in-the-know, knew that Will's wife Jada Pickett, struggles with the hair loss condition: Alopecia. Chris' joke perhaps, went below the belt for Ali to see. Click to View ( Sans F - Bombs )
Was Will's slap real...or was it not? Who will tell. What has me guessing, is Will's slap and Chris' head moving so smoothly in the slaps direction. No resistance whatsoever. Almost as if the slap maneuver were rehearsed and seemingly with stunt motion follow through. Gnawing, is that tiny little Ltd. Columbo voice in my head that keeps saying: Ah, One More Thing is Still Bother'in Me Sir. It's something that's been missing all along. Calling Miss Conspiritorial-ality. But, don't you think it's sorta odd that at no time did Chris ever touch his face after the slap...not even (as it is customary with such a ferocious slug) to check to see if Will drew blood!! Ah Haaaa!
Still, my money was on Chris for regrouping so coolly and convincingly...if he really did get Blind-Sided and Sandra Bullock was nowhere in sight. Though the Academy had their own winner. Yep, Will took home another award (Male Actor in a Leading Role) — The Big Kahuna itself — Oscar...Oscar! All with a tearful and heart-felt (except for Chris) acceptance speech.
Of course the internet was abuzz with nothing else but the memes of the S-L-A-P between Will & Chris, albeit with different Photo-Shopped heads. Check out the two Vlads havin a GO at it.