5 Cringe & Historic Oscars Moments You Missed Because Of Will Smith's Slap


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The 94th Annual Oscars were one for the books –– in more ways than one. The star-studded event made a fierce comeback Sunday night (March 27) following years of low ratings, no hosts, and pandemic-related barriers.

The Dolby Theatre was once again home to the Academy Awards ceremony where hosts Wanda Sykes, Regina Hall, and Amy Schumer took on the biggest night in film. While the ceremony brought historic wins and moments, they might've been easy to forget or miss because of the biggest OMG-moment of the night: Will Smith's on-stage slap on Chris Rock.

But that wasn't the only moment that made the audience pause, gasp, and applaud the night's winners and others in attendance. Here's five other cringe, shocking, and historic moments you missed at the 2022 Oscars.

Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall Shade Kim Kardashian

During a break from handing out trophies, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall made their way into the audience to hand out "consolation prizes" to people who didn't bring home an award. To Belfast star and legendary actress Judi Dench –– who didn't win for Best Supporting Actress –– the pair read a controversial "inspirational quote" from the TV personality.

"We got an inspiration quote for you," Hall said, with Sykes chiming in, "because you didn't win tonight."

"And this is a quote from Kim Kardashian," Hall added, holding up a piece of paper with, "Work Harder" written on it. The quote is a reference to Kim's controversial stance about women needing to "get your f––king a** up and work" she took in an interview with Variety.

"Work harder, that's what we need you to do," Hall said. Sykes agreed in the jokingly shady moment.

Amy Schumer Calls Kirsten Dunst a "Seat Filler"

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In a room full of Hollywood's biggest actors, it's hard to tell who's playing a role and who's not playing at all. That distinction was hard to make during one of Amy Schumer's bits in which she explained to the audience about seat fillers –– people who fill seats to ensure the awards show audience looks full on camera.

Strolling through the crowd, Schumer stopped by Kirsten Dunst's table, calling her a seat filler before pulling her out of her seat and plopping down next to the actress' husband, Jesse Plemons.

Jesse didn't seem amused by the stunt, telling Schumer, "You know that's my wife right?"

Regina Hall Shares Cringe-Worthy Covid-19 Testing Plan

Regina Hall basically hosted a mini episode of The Bachelorette during the Oscars. The D.C. native jokingly called up some eligible bachelors to the stage to possibly date and shared the cringe-worthy way she would run Covid tests.

"Now it's simple, I'm going to swab the back your throats with my tongue," she said to the surprise of some of the suitors on stage. "And we're just going to do some other freaky stuff, which I will record for Academy protocol," she added.

The actress went a step further, lining some of the suitors up to "check for Covid" on stage.

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Questlove Wins for Best Documentary

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson joined a handful of Black directors to ever win an Academy Award. The Philly native accepted the award, emotionally detailing what the moment and the film, Summer of Soul meant to him.

"It's not lost on me that the story of the Harlem Cultural Festival should have been something that my beautiful mother, my dad, should have taken me to when I was five years old," The Roots drummer said in his speech. "This is such a stunning moment for me right now."

Megan Thee Stallion Delivers First-ever Female Rap Performance at the Oscars

Megan Thee Stallion came through at the Oscars, providing a remix verse during the live performance of "Don't Talk About Bruno" from the Oscar-winning animated film Encanto.

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Honorable Mention: Tiffany Haddish drags who asked if she changed "costumes"

There's not much else to say after that.

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