Here’s what you missed at the Oscars


Mckenzie Kerrigan, Managing Editor

Didn’t watch the Oscars? Don’t worry, the Reflector has you covered on the top moments you missed, including the slap… 

“The slap heard around the world”

Yes, really, that’s the name it was deemed. Even if you didn’t watch the event, you’ve probably heard of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock on live television. After Chris Rock’s joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair, Will Smith took to the stage to express his disapproval of the joke in a rather physical way.

For those who don’t understand, Jada has been very open about her journey and struggle with alopecia. Rock compared her to G.I. Jane because of her shaved head, which many believed was making fun of her condition.

After the joke was cracked, viewers could see Will begin walking toward the stage. This is never a good sign if we look back to the Taylor Swift and Kanye incident. Will showed his disapproval with a hard slap instead of a monologue (thank you, Kanye), and then returned to his seat.

After Will returned to his seat, the audio was cut where he potentially said “keep my wife’s name out of your f*cking mouth”. Will Smith won the Oscar five minutes later for best actor!

The first woman of color and openly queer actress won an award

It is hard to believe that it’s 2022 and this is the first time this has happened. Ariana DeBose was awarded best supporting actress in her film “West Side Story. The 31-year-old is recognizable for her other roles in “Hamilton” and “Seaside” as well.

Megan Thee Stallion introduced a rap verse to “We don’t talk about Bruno”

In her small verse, she introduced this new Disney favorite featuring shoutouts to all the A-listers of the Academy Awards Ceremony. Most of the “Encanto” cast who sang the original version said they were surprised to see Megan, and weren’t in on thee special verse.

They celebrated the classics that once played on our screens

They still might! A few moments were dedicated to remembering movies like “Juno”,”The Godfather”, “White Men Can’t Jump” and more! These fan-favorites all celebrated their anniversaries, with some being released over 50 years ago.

Who let them in?

Three hosts returned in a rather unusual fashion: Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall. The most notable thing to say about the return was that Schumer descended from the rafters. Yes, from the ceiling, as Spiderman of course! A few jokes were made, and a small input about Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law was slipped in one or two.

Let’s take a moment of silence for Ukraine

In honor of the hardships Ukraine is facing, the Oscars took a moment of silence for the country. The president of Ukraine was formally invited, but for obvious reasons couldn’t attend. Many stars wore blue ribbons to commemorate the people of the country, and during the commercial break they offered a link to donate to in support.