It was the slap seen around the world.
Yeah, in one of the most surprising moments in Oscars history, actor Will Smith walked on stage and slapped Chris Rock for a joke that Rock made about Smith's wife's hair.
The altercation unfolded while Rock was presenting the Oscar for best documentary feature.
NPR's Mandalit del Barco was inside the Dolby Theatre, and she joins us now.
Mandalit, I still sort of can't believe that this happened.
So this whole altercation between Chris Rock and Will Smith, I mean...
It was hard for us to absorb. You were actually there. So how'd it go down?
我们很难接受。 你在现场。 事情进展如何?
Yeah, it seemed like everybody inside the Dolby Theatre - we were confused.
We didn't know if it was a gag.
But then we realized it was real, and we just had our mouths hanging open and holding our breath, watching what was happening.
We could hear what the TV viewers couldn't hear, and that - those were the words of a very angry-looking Will Smith sternly yelling at Chris Rock with the F word to stop talking about his wife.
And, you know, I was up in the nosebleed section, in the balcony, so I couldn't see it, really, that close up.
But I spoke to a photographer from Shutterstock who was an eyewitness, and he said Smith walked up and swung his arm back and used his open palm to smack Chris Rock upside his face.
And because Chris Rock had a mic, the slap was amplified.
You know, the Academy of Motion Pictures sent out a statement on Twitter saying that it does not condone violence of any form.
And the LAPD says Chris Rock declined to file a police report.
Wow. So then - super awkward because then after all this goes down, Will Smith wins an Oscar.
He wins for best actor, and he has to get up and do an acceptance speech.
I mean, we should just say, the joke that Chris Rock had made was about Jada Pinkett Smith's hair.
She has had to shave her head because she suffers from alopecia.
So what did Will Smith say in his acceptance remarks?
When he went on stage, he was still very shaken by the whole thing, and he had tears streaming down his face.
And during his six-minute-long speech, he didn't say anything about his wife's condition. This is what he said.
I want to apologize to the Academy.
I want to apologize to my - all my fellow nominees.
Smith said he hoped the Academy would invite him back in the future.
And, you know, in "King Richard," Smith played Richard Williams, the father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams, a man who had been vilified in the press for some of the things he did to protect his daughters,
and Smith seemed to say that what he did was to protect his family.
Now, I know to do what we do, you got to be able to take abuse.
You got to be able to have people talk crazy about you.
In this business, you got to be able to have people disrespecting you, and you got to smile, and you got to pretend like that's OK.
You know, Smith said love can make you do some crazy things.