Will Smith dances and raps his own songs at the Oscars after-party

Will Smith appeared to have shrugged off the controversial Oscars incident in no time as he was filmed singing and dancing at a glamorous after-party.

At the 94th Academy Awards, he took the stage and slapped Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke at the expense of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith then had to return to the stage moments later when he was announced the winner of the Best Actor category, which earned him his first Oscar.

Later that night, Smith joked on Instagram, “You can’t invite people from Philadelphia or Baltimore anywhere.” As is post-Oscars tradition, Will and Jada both attended an Oscars after-party and seemingly partied as if nothing had happened.

Will Smith dances with an Oscar in hand at the Vanity Fair after-party in Beverly Hills, California.
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Several videos from inside the Vanity Fair party show Smith holding his Oscar while his 1991 hit “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince plays in the background.

After the main ceremony was over and before attending the party, Smith and her family, Jada, Trey, Jaden and Willow Smith all posed together on the red carpet.

Will Smith and his family at the Oscars
Will Smith, with his Best Actor in a Leading Role award for ‘King Richard,’ poses with his sons Trey Smith and Jaden Smith, daughter Willow Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
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Later, The Hollywood Reporter Nekesa Mumbi Moody captured the moment Smith entered the party as the DJ announced his arrival. Smith holds his Oscar aloft as the crowd cheers and takes photos.

The DJ concludes his speech by saying “Will, I love you. Let’s go”, and the song “Summertime” begins to play. Smith starts dancing and rapping to his own song while Jada is also partying next to him. In another clip from the same moment from a different angle shot by Marc Malkin, model Winnie Harlow can also be seen dancing to it.

During the show, Sean “Diddy” Combs said he was going to help Rock and Smith work out their differences “like family” at the after-party. Combs also attended the same after-party as Rock, but it’s unclear if Rock also attended.

After “Summertime” played, the DJ also played another Smith song. This time he was spotted having fun on the 1997 track ‘Gettin’ Jiggy wit It’ in footage captured by Vanity Fair’s katey rich.

The uncensored footage of the slap has now been viewed tens of millions of times online. The incident caused a huge online backlash with millions speaking out about it online. Smith’s son jadeen did not address the incident directly but tweeted shortly afterwards, “And that’s how we do it.”

The Los Angeles Police Department said it could still investigate the incident if the comedian chooses to file a complaint against the police at a later date. The LAPD confirmed, “The person involved declined to file a police report” but added, “If the party involved wants a police report at a later date, the LAPD will be available to complete an investigation report.”

    Trevor Noah, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith
Trevor Noah, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith attend the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
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