Aside from, maybe, this year's nominees, no one isn't thinking about it. Host Jimmy Kimmel has been asked what he'll do if something comparable happens at the March 12 ceremony, and he told The Hollywood Reporter it would be "ridiculous not to mention it."
Because as Rock himself just reminded in his live March 4 Netflix standup special Chris Rock: Selective Outrage, that s--t still stings.
But even though Rock devoting the last 10 minutes of his show to the Smith drama (which also inspired the title) might indicate some hard feelings, it was the Oscars that needed every second of this past year to heal.
The 2022 Oscars were more than halfway over when Rock took the stage to present the winner of Best Documentary (shout-out again to winner Questlove, a man who was denied the full spotlight).
And, naturally, the comedian set out to have a little fun with the stars in his immediate line of sight.
As the Best Actor frontrunner, Smith had been beaming throughout the night—and he still was seconds after Rock called out to Jada Pinkett Smith, his co-star in three Madagascar movies, "Jada, I love ya, 'G.I. Jane 2,' can't wait to see it."
But while Smith was amiably chuckling, you could see the smile slide right off of Pinkett Smith's face. Noticing that her eye roll had turned into a most unamused-looking expression, Rock offered, "That was a nice one, okay?"
He was moving on when he realized Smith was striding toward the stage, barely 10 seconds after the King Richard star had looked perfectly fine.
"Uh-oh," Rock noted with a smile.
At first it seemed as if that had to be a bit—it was the definition of a "wait, what?" moment—but we all now know it wasn't.
"Oh, wow! Wow. Will Smith just smacked the s--t out of me," Rock said as Smith walked away, still not looking altogether furious. Rather, he had sort of a pleased, that's-what-happens-when-you-mess-with-my-woman kind of expression on his face. Almost a grin.
"And That's How We Do It," son Jaden Smith tweeted, condoning his dad's actions from afar. (He'd join his whole family later that night at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, where people deftly partied on, just as if one of the guests of honor wasn't about to be banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years. Rock chose to unwind inside the Gucci party at Guy Oseary's house.)
But back in the room where it happened, Smith returned to his seat and, looking more distressed, yelled at Rock, "Keep my wife's name out of your f--king mouth!"
To which Rock replied, "Wow, dude, it was a G.I. Jane joke." Smith reiterated, "Yes, keep my wife's name out of your f--king mouth!"
Rock was visibly flustered by then, but he rebounded, quipping, "That was the greatest night in the history of television, okay!"
Oscar officials shared that The Slap wasn't planned. (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed that it doesn't condone violence early the following morning in a tweet. Last month, CEO Bill Kramer said a crisis team would be at the ready this year, JIC.)
Attendees including Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry spoke with Smith during the commercial break, while several stars hugged Pinkett Smith, who's been open about her ongoing struggle with alopecia. And then it became apparent that the show was just going go on, they weren't going to cross out Smith's name and write in "Benedict Cumberbatch" or anything.
Meaning, less than a half hour after he smacked Rock, Smith was back onstage accepting his Oscar for Best Actor. He apologized to the Academy (he'd resign from the organization a few days later) and his fellow nominees for his behavior.
Smith addressed an apology to Rock specifically the next day, writing on Instagram, "I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness."
The actor continued to chalk up what he admitted was "unacceptable" behavior to being pushed to the limit and overreacting to his wife being disrespected, saying in his speech and in his message to Rock that he knew better than to get bent out of shape over a joke.
And when he returned to social media July 29 after a months-long hiatus, he reiterated in a video that there "is no part of me that thinks that's the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults."
Smith inched back into public life, hitting The Daily Show in November and other spots where he felt comfortable talking about what happened, ahead of the Apple TV+ premiere of his film Emancipation—which he shot before The Slap.
There was lots of speculation about what might happen if he was nominated for an Oscar again but couldn't go, but the concern was unfounded—though Smith did win back-to-back NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. (He skipped the Feb. 25 ceremony but gave thanks on Instagram, writing he was "humbled" by the honor.)
Rock, however, had a year to work it out, and he ultimately called b.s. on what could be interpreted as Smith taking his issues out on him.
"Will Smith practices selective outrage. Everybody know what the f--k happened," Rock suggested on his Netflix special. "Everybody that really knows, knows I had nothing to do with that s--t. I didn't have any 'entanglements.' His wife was f--king her son's friend."
Referring to Pinkett Smith sharing in 2020 that she'd had an extramarital "entanglement" while she and Smith were briefly separated, Rock continued, "Everybody in the world called him a bitch. I tried to call the mother--ker and give him my condolences, he didn't pick up for me...And who's he hit? Me, a n---- he knows he can beat. That is some bitch-a-- s--t."
The Smiths have not commented on that part of Rock's act.
But scroll on to see the visceral, in-the-moment reactions celebs had to Smith slapping Rock, when context was beside the point: