Golden Globe Awards: Only Eddie Murphy Could Have Joked About Will Smith’s Oscar Slap
Eddie Murphy was honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes.
Edward Regan Murphy was the only person who could have made fun of Will Smith’s Oscar slap at the Golden Globes.
At the Golden Globes, Eddie Murphy received the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Eddie Murphy’s jokes are well-received because of his extensive work as an actor, comedian, writer, producer, and singer. At the Oscars the year before, Eddie Murphy joked about Will Smith and the slap gate that had everyone in stitches. The audience listened intently as he added, “I want to let you know that there is a precise pattern that you may follow to obtain success, money, longevity and peace of mind.”
On Twitter, the Golden Globe Awards’ official account posted a concession speech video. “The largest round of ovation for Eddie Murphy, winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award this year,” the caption stated. Your decades of unrivalled humour and outstanding performances need recognition and celebration!
Eddie Murphy was alluding to the infamous incident from the 2017 Academy Awards when host and comedian Chris Rock slapped Will Smith when he entered the stage and made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith. It all started when Chris Rock, who was present, joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head and compared her to G.I. Jane. Jada Pinkett-Smith has alopecia, a disease that results in hair loss.
Eddie Murphy, Oscars and Golden Globe Award
However, Will Smith found the remark offensive and entered the stage before slapping a stunned Chris Rock before returning to his seat. Keep my wife’s name out of your f*****g mouth, he shouted. Other performers, like Denzel Washington, had to step in to calm everyone down as Chris Rock completed the show after being hit and upset.
Will Smith later apologised to Chris Rock for his remarks. The Best Actor winner for King Richard from Hollywood stated in an Instagram video why he chose not to apologise during his acceptance speech. “Why didn’t you offer Chris [Rock] an apology in your acceptance speech?’ By that time, I had lost my vision. All of it was hazy. Chris [Rock] has responded that he is not ready to discuss this after I reached out to him. He will extend his hand when he is. I shall thus address you, Chris [Rock]. I’d like to apologise.
I’m available whenever you want to talk, and my behaviour was inexcusable, Will Smith stated. He also gave up his position at the Academy. Will Smith was prohibited from participating in the award show for the following 10 years by the Academy following the “slapgate” event.
Meanwhile, the Cecil B. DeMille Award has been given to notable actors and directors in the entertainment sector since 1952. Eddie Murphy accepted the trophy from his former co-stars Tracy Morgan & Jamie Lee Curtis.
Eddie Murphy, a Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee, is well-known for his roles in movies, including Beverly Hills Cop, Daddy Day Care, Trading Places, Coming to America, and Doctor Dolittle, among others.
Edward Regan Murphy, an American actor, entertainer, writer, producer, and singer, was born on April 3, 1961. From 1980 until 1984, he was a regular cast member of the sketch comedy programme Saturday Night Live, where he first gained notoriety. On Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time, Murphy is placed No. 10 and has performed stand-up comedy.
Early stand-up career, 1976–1980
Murphy decided to pursue comedy when he was fifteen after listening to Richard Pryor’s comedy CD That Nigger’s Crazy. Murphy learned to play many different personas as a child by modelling his acting style after Peter Sellers. Charlie Chaplin, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, Robin Williams, Bill Cosby, and Redd Foxx were among his early inspirations.