Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye Bakker in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye."

(CNN)“CODA” won best picture, but that historic breakthrough for streaming service Apple TV+ at the Oscars was overshadowed by one spontaneous act, as Will Smith delivered a viral moment that will be remembered and talked about for years.

The most memorable exchange on the film industry’s biggest night wasn’t the kind anyone would have anticipated or wanted. Before winning his Oscar for “King Richard,” Smith seemed upset about a joke that Chris Rock told about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, marching to the stage and appearing strike him across the face. Rock looked genuinely stunned, while Smith returned to his seat, shouting words that were bleeped out at Rock.
Wiping away tears, Smith during his acceptance speech referenced that the character he played, Richard Williams, protected his family, then said, without specifically mentioning Rock or what happened, “I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees.” He added, “Love will make you do crazy things.”

    Will Smith <a href="" target="_blank">hits comedian Chris Rock on stage</a> before Rock presented the Oscar for best documentary feature on Sunday, March 27. Rock had made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head, which did not appear to go over well with her husband.

    The cast and crew of "CODA" accepts the Oscar for best picture.

    Smith accepts his best actor Oscar. <a href="" target="_blank">He tearfully accepted the award</a> for his role as Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, in the film "King Richard." Smith said Richard Williams "was a fierce defender of his family." He apologized to the Academy for his incident with Rock and said he hoped he would be welcomed back. "Love will make you do crazy things," he said.

    Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli appear on stage together to present the Oscar for best picture.

    Jessica Chastain won best actress for her role in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye." <a href="" target="_blank">She used her speech to touch on suicide,</a> particularly within the LGBTQ+ community and the hopelessness that so many have felt. The late Tammy Faye Bakker, who Chastain portrayed, was a diligent activist for the LGBTQ+ community.

    From left, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta re-enact a bit from their film "Pulp Fiction" before presenting the Oscar for best actor.

    From left, Al Pacino, Francis Ford Coppola and Robert De Niro appear on stage for the 50th anniversary of the movie "The Godfather."

    Jane Campion accepts the Oscar as she becomes <a href="" target="_blank">the third woman in history to win best director.</a> She directed "The Power of the Dog."

    The late Betty White is honored during the traditional In Memoriam segment.

    Billie Eilish and her brother, Finneas O'Connell, react after winning the Oscar for best original song ("No Time to Die").

    Co-hosts Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes perform as Spider-Man and Richard Williams during the show.

    Eilish <a href="" target="_blank">performs her Oscar-winning song "No Time To Die"</a> from the James Bond film of the same name. She was joined by her brother Finneas.

    Artists <a href="" target="_blank">perform the popular song "We Don't Talk About Bruno"</a> from the Oscar-winning film "Encanto." The performance featured surprise cameos from Megan Thee Stallion and Becky G.

    Troy Kotsur gives an emotional acceptance speech after <a href="" target="_blank">winning the best supporting actor Oscar.</a> Kotsur, who won for his role in "CODA," is the first deaf performer to win an Academy Award in this category.

    A message <a href="" target="_blank">shows support for Ukraine</a> after a performance by Reba McEntire.

    McEntire performs the Oscar-nominated song "Somehow You Do" from the movie "Four Good Days."

    Ryusuke Hamaguchi, director of "Drive My Car," celebrates after winning the Oscar for best international feature film.

    Sebastián Yatra performs "Dos Oruguitas," the Oscar-nominated song from the animated film "Encanto."

    Co-host Regina Hall frisks Josh Brolin before he and Jason Momoa presented an award.

    Kenneth Branagh accepts the Oscar for best original screenplay ("Belfast"). It is his first Oscar.

    Jacob Elordi and Rachel Zegler present an award during the show. There was a backlash earlier this month when Zegler, the star of "West Side Story," shared that she hadn't been invited to the show. "I never thought that I would be here six days ago," <a href="" target="_blank">she joked.</a> "We did it. Dreams really can come true, pretty fast, too."

    Ariana DeBose accepts the Oscar for best supporting actress. DeBose won for her role in the musical "West Side Story." She is <a href="" target="_blank">the first openly queer woman of color to win in this category.</a> "For anyone who has ever questioned their identity, there is indeed a place for us," she said.

    Hall flirts on stage with, from left, Simu Liu, Bradley Cooper, Tyler Perry and Timothée Chalamet. She had joked earlier in the show about how she was single.

    Schumer appears on stage at the Dolby Theatre. She roasted many celebrities during an opening monologue.

    Rosie Perez presents Greig Fraser with the best cinematography Oscar for "Dune." The sci-fi movie dominated many of the technical categories on Sunday night, including best sound, best film editing and best visual effects.

    From left, Schumer, Sykes and Hall open the show. "This year the Academy hired three women to host because it's cheaper than hiring one man," <a href="" target="_blank">Schumer joked.</a>

    The show's broadcast <a href="" target="_blank">opened with Beyonce</a> performing the Oscar-nominated song "Be Alive" from the movie "King Richard."

    The best-picture suspense between two streaming nominees perceived as frontrunners lasted throughout the night. “CODA’s” Sian Heder won for best adapted screenplay, but “The Power of the Dog’s” Jane Campion, the first woman to be nominated twice as best director, later became the third woman ever to claim that prize. (Heder was overlooked in that balloting.)

      Based on results from other awards leading up to the Oscars, this was already viewed as a landmark year for streaming services, which, led by Netflix, have steadily chipped away at industry resistance to seeing them as full competitors with major studio releases.

      For all its hard work, though, Netflix didn’t catch the bouquet, as voters went with Apple’s more uplifting story, about the hearing child of deaf parents. Including this year’s contenders “The Power of the Dog” and “Don’t Look Up,” seven Netflix movies have now been nominated for best picture, but thus far none have won.
      The global pandemic, which forced the entire entertainment industry into streaming mode for a time, has helped hasten streaming’s acceptance, with last year’s winner, “Nomadland,” having been directed to a rival streamer, Hulu.

        Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye Bakker in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye."
        In addition to Smith, Jessica Chastain nabbed her first Oscar for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” playing Tammy Faye Bakker, which was also recognized for makeup and hairstyling.
        In her acceptance Chastain spoke of “discriminatory and bigoted legislation that is sweeping our country” against the LGBTQ+ community, citing Bakker’s compassion toward those groups, which was depicted in the film.
        With a third of the Oscars being handed out before the live telecast officially began, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bet that people would watch the 94th annual Academy Awards as much to be entertained as to find out who won what.
        The Academy, which presents the awards, implemented a controversial plan to hand out awards in eight categories prior to the main telecast, then edit those selections into the show. Despite that decision, the telecast still ran more than 3 ½ hours.

        "Dune" won multiple Oscars on Sunday, including best cinematography
        The other big winner of the night was the science-fiction epic “Dune.” Dominating the technical categories, the Warner Bros. film claimed six Oscars for sound, film editing, production design, cinematography, visual effects and Hans Zimmer’s musical score. It was the prolific composer’s second win out of a dozen nominations, the first coming for “The Lion King” in 1995. (CNN and Warner Bros. are both part of WarnerMedia.)
        The televised show underscored the emphasis on bringing more entertainment into the telecast, opening with Beyoncé performing the nominated song from “King Richard” outside the venue, before turning it over to hosts Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes, who gently roasted some of the nominees (“House of Gucci” was referred to as “House of Random Accents”) and taking aim at Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, promising, “We’re gonna have a gay night.” Sykes later directed a joke at Texas over its voter-registration laws.

        "Encanto" won best animanted feature film.
        Disney’s “Encanto” was honored as best animated movie. Although the film performed reasonably well in theaters, it (and its music) appeared to particularly catch on after making its debut on the studio’s streaming service, Disney+, symbolic of a year viewed as streaming’s awards coming-out party.
        Supporting actress and actor represented perhaps the night’s least-suspenseful selections, but were among the most emotional, with Ariana DeBose and Troy Kotsur winning for Steven Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story” and “CODA,” respectively. Kotsur becomes only the second deaf actor to be honored, following his co-star Marlee Matlin, who was recognized for “Children of a Lesser God” in 1987.

        Steven Spielberg, from left, Rita Moreno and Ariana DeBose arriving at the Oscars.
        After thanking Spielberg and co-star Rita Moreno (who originally played the role), DeBose spoke of being a queer Afro-Latina woman, quoting the movie in saying to those who might be questioning how they fit in, “There is indeed a place for us.”
        Questlove tearfully accepted an Oscar for his documentary “Summer of Soul,” and Japan’s “Drive My Car” earned best international film, with the three-hour drama having garnered a best picture nomination as well.
        Kenneth Branagh, an eight-time nominee in various categories, received his first Oscar for writing “Belfast,” the deeply personal look at his homeland that he also directed and produced.
        Although the Grammys and Tonys employ a similar format in time-shifting awards, many Academy members have complained about the perceived slight to those nominees. Nevertheless, there was a heightened sense of urgency to streamline the presentation after the Oscars slumped to record-low ratings last year, as did many major award shows.
        The switch only saved a bit of time, which was used on lavish musical numbers — including a colorful rendition of “Encanto’s” song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” — comedy bits like dropping Schumer from the rafters dressed as Spider-Man, and showcasing “fan favorites” as unscientifically voted on via Twitter.

          The broadcast also incorporated its share of nostalgia, including a 60th-anniversary James Bond movie tribute, cast reunions from “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Juno” and “Pulp Fiction,” and a 50th-anniversary celebration of “The Godfather,” bringing director Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro out for a standing ovation.
          The latest Bond film, “No Time to Die,” garnered best song for Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell, one of the few awards handed out to a box-office blockbuster, as the industry increasingly splits between popular and prestige fare.
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