Yes, Andrew Garfield Was Texting Friends About Oscar Slap In Viral Photo – New York Daily News

And the Oscar Best Viral Moment nominees (that notwithstanding) are…

Andrew Garfield confirmed Thursday that in this snap from last month’s ceremony, which appeared to show him texting under the table, he was indeed texting friends after and about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock.

“I feel so bad because Kevin Costner is presenting the nominees to the director in the most beautiful and elegant way and I’m like, there’s no way I’m on camera during this,” the two-time nominee for best actor, for “Tick , Cochez… Boom!” and “Hacksaw Ridge”, known as “The View”.

Lo and behold, he was indeed caught on camera when he said, “Everyone is texting me, asking me…what’s the vibe in the room.

“At that point, my friends took precedence over Kevin,” Garfield continued. “But I feel really bad about it.”

Although he later attempted to backtrack on the exact moment he was photographed using his phone, ‘View’ co-host Joy Behar reminded Garfield that he had just contextualized the moment. and trying to figure out how he felt about the slap he heard around the world.

“It’s all been said,” the ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ star replied. “I don’t need to comment on that. All possible versions of the discussion have taken place and I have no interest in adding my voice to something that has already been so well talked about.

Smith, 53, at the Oscars – where he would later win best actor for the lead role in ‘King Richard’ – slapped Rock, 57, after the comedian joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. The “Red Table Talk” has alopecia, and Smith said he was defending his wife’s honor.

An informal review was then launched by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, only for Smith to resign from the academy, which then issued a 10-year ban on the actor from attending the events of the academy, virtually or in person.

Garfield during his interview also clarified that his recently reported break from acting is by no means a retirement.

“I don’t know where [rumor] is coming,” Garfield said. “I literally said I’m going to rest, I’m going to have a vacation. And I think people, you know, just make a story out of nothing. But no, I worked hard and I loved it the work I did, but I also need to take about a month.

Jack C. Nugent