Shortly after the slap heard around the world, many moments at the 94th Academy Awards were either overlooked or lost in translation. One was Jessica Chastain’s Best Actress Oscar win for her portrayal of evangelist Tammy Faye Messner in The Eyes Of Tammy Faye.
“I walked into a very charged energy in that room, and I was trying to figure out how to just breathe and create a calmness,” Chastain said.
For those unfamiliar, during the 94th Academy Awards. Oscar winner Smith walked on stage and slapped comedian Chris Rock after the latter made a joke about wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head,
Prior to her long-overdue Oscar win, Chastain was nominated in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories for her roles in Zero Dark Thirty and The Help.
On her awards speech:
“I didn’t know everything I was going to say and there [were] moments where I started to get emotional so I pulled it back, [but] I had an idea of what I wanted to use that global platform to create if I got up there,” Chastain now told Net-a-Porter. “So many people after [the award ceremony] were coming up to me and they could see how genuinely surprised I was. I’m used to just putting my head down.”
Smith resigned from the Academy before they levied a 10-year ban against him.
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