Lupita Nyong’o’s response to seeing Will Smith storm the stage and smack Chris Rock was caught on tape, giving the actress a front-row seat to the Oscars drama. The 57-year-old comedian Chris made an insensitive joke about Will’s 50-year-old wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, during Sunday night’s 94th Academy Awards, causing an uproar.
The comedian, who was there to introduce the Best Documentary Feature Oscar, viciously mocked Jada for being bald when she had to take it off due to alopecia. On the other hand, there were gasps as 53-year-old Will rushed the stage, walked up to Chris, and slapped him across the face, before returning to his seat and again screamed, “Get my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth!”
Lupita, who won an Oscar in 2014 for her performance in 12 Years a Slave and who was present at the 2022 event to present the award for Best Costume Design, appeared shocked by Will’s remarks.
The 39-year-old actress sat awkwardly next to Will as he yelled at Chris Rock on stage, and the cameras caught her expression perfectly. Many people shared images of her shocked reaction online, with one user saying, “Award Lupita best supporting actress for her effort tonight.”
Oscars 2022: Lupita Nyong’o’s Face After Will Smith Slapped Chris Rock Is Meme Of The Day
Lupita Nyong’o, star of “Black Panther,” provided looks in a golden Prada gown at the 2022 Oscars, and she also served face by becoming an iconic meme thanks to her response to Will Smith and Chris Rock’s fight.
On Sunday (March 27), Lupita presented at the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, where she sat close to Will Smith.
In one of the most stunning moments in Oscar history, she saw the actor get out of his seat and slap comic Chris Rock on stage. This is not Nyong’o’s first time being a part of an unforgettable Oscars event.
Lupita Nyong’o Reaction Will Smith’s Altercation Goes Viral
The 39-year-old Kenyan-Mexican actress’s visceral reaction to the incident quickly went viral online. Lupita’s expression changed dramatically as she heard Smith curse on live air, initially thinking it was part of a pre-planned sketch.
As Chris Rock said, “Jada, I love you,” all eyes turned to Jada Smith. I’m really psyched about G.I. Jane 2! Jada rolled her eyes because she has been vocal about her issue with alopecia and hair loss, so she didn’t take the joke well.
Will went onto the stage and smacked Chris Rock across the face to defend Jada. After the show, Smith was announced as the evening’s Best Actor for his portrayal of Richard.
Smith, who played Richard Williams in the film King Richard, was later named the night’s Best Actor. An emotional apology for his outburst was delivered during his acceptance speech.
Lupita Nyog’o was Caught in Another Iconic Oscars Moment
As seen by her inclusion in Ellen DeGeneres’s picture from the 86th Academy Awards, Lupita Nyong’o is never more than a few feet away from a historic Oscars moment. The selfie with Lupita, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, and Meryl Streep went viral.
Attaining the status of the image with the most retweets in Twitter history, at over 3.3 million. Nyong’o received an Academy Award for her supporting role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s movie 12 Years a Slave, the same year the selfie became popular.
When actor Will Smith got into it with host Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards, actress Lupita Nyong’o found herself in the most embarrassing position possible.
While Rock was up there presenting the award for Best Documentary, he made some jokes about Jada Pinkett Smith that didn’t sit well with the “King Richard” actor, who eventually came up there and slapped the comedian-actor.
Even Nyong’o seemed shocked by Smith’s behavior, like everyone else, but her reaction went viral and spawned a series of humorous memes.