WATCH: Will Smith smacks Chris Rock for joke about wife, then wins Oscar

LAPD issues statement that Rock declined to press charges

Will Smith accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for "King Richard" at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) (Chris Pizzello)

Will Smith won his first-ever Oscar at the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday, but in his speech he apologized to the Academy of Arts and Sciences, the presenters of the Oscars, for a moment that happened earlier in the show.

Social media was buzzing. Was it real or was it staged? It wasn’t staged, it was real when actor Smith sitting in the front row of the Dolby Theatre got out of his seat, walked up to the comedian Chris Rock and smacked him.

(Watch the wild Oscars’ moment below)

Chris Rock and Will Smith have an altercation during the 2022 Oscar telecast after a joke Rock made about Smith's wife.

Rock was getting ready to present the award for Best Documentary, but did some comedian banter beforehand.

After he told a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, with a reference to the movie “G.I. Jane,” Smith stood up, went on stage and slapped Rock.

Oscars Smackdown

Oscars Smackdown

Will Smith smacks Chris Rock

1. Was the Oscars smack seen around the world real or staged? 

Rock responded by saying, “Oh, wow! Wow! Will Smith just smacked the (s***) out of me.”

Smith, who had returned to his seat, screamed: “Keep my wife’s name out of your (f******) mouth!”

ABC cut the sound during the exchange.

Rock’s joke referenced Pinkett-Smith and suggested she was preparing for the sequel to “G.I. Jane” because of her bald head.

Pinkett-Smith went public in 2018 about dealing with alopecia and hair loss.

LAPD issued an official statement on the altercation late Sunday. Rock declined to press charges against Smith, according to police.

“LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program,” the statement read. “The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved has declined to file a police report . . .“If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report.”

As far as Smith’s win, he was nominated twice before for best actor (for “Ali” and “The Pursuit of Happyness”).

The 53-year-old’s performance as Richard Williams, father to Venus and Serena, was the most likely choice throughout the awards season to win Best Actor.

His contenders were Javier Bardem, “Being the Ricardos,” Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog,” Andrew Garfield, “tick, tick...BOOM!” and Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”