On Sunday, Lupita Nyong’o was caught in the middle of one of the most startling Oscar moments in history. Will Smith appeared to slap Chris Rock after he made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Will Smith stormed the stage to smack comedian Chris Rock before returning to his seat, and the Academy Award winner was sat right next to him.
During the commercial break, Actor Will Smith is pulled aside and comforted by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry, who motions for him to brush it off. Will appears to wipe tears from his eyes as he sits back down with Jada, with Denzel comforting Jada and Will’s rep by his side.
Lupita Nyong’o, 39, seemed genuinely taken aback by the occurrence, and her outrage rapidly went viral on social media, with admirers expressing her feelings.
The actress was perplexed by what had just occurred, and several audience members wondered whether it had been part of a pre-planned performance.
Lupita Nyong’o’s demeanour immediately became serious as Smith continued his foul-mouthed outburst.
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This is when the world watched Smith, who would later win an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in King Richard, approach Rock and smack him across the face.
After the assault, Rock could be heard remarking, ‘Wow.’ ‘Will Smith just whacked the s**t out of me,’ says the narrator.
Later, Smith began his acceptance speech for Best Actor with an impassioned justification of his attack on Rock for insulting Pinkett Smith’s short hair, which she has due to a medical issue that causes hair loss.
At that time, the camera pans to Smith, who is shown obviously smiling at the prank and even clapping his hands, indicating that he sees the humour in it.
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The slap: a split second At the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith stormed the stage and assaulted comedian Chris Rock, who had just made fun of his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Pinkett Smith, who has been outspoken about her issue with hair loss and alopecia, rolled her eyes and looked irritated as Smith chuckled while still seated.
Lupita Nyong’o terrified
‘Wow, that was a good one!’ On stage, Rock continued, explaining his joke as a light-hearted one.
In the seconds before the camera went away, Smith sprang from his seat and charged the stage, prompting Rock to exclaim, ‘Uh-oh…’
Smith then offered sorrowful partial apologies for his passionate outburst, but not to Rock. ‘I’d want to apologize to the Academy, as well as all of my fellow candidates.’ ‘This is a lovely time,’ he remarked.
‘Life imitates art.’ Smith commented, “I look like the crazy parent.” ‘However, love will drive you insane.’
The LAPD issued a statement late Sunday night noting that Rock had not filed a police report against Smith, but that if he did, officers would investigate.
According to the statement, ‘LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident involving two persons during the Academy Awards presentation.’ ‘One person slapped another during the incident.’