FACT CHECK: Does This Picture Show Nicole Kidman Reacting To Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock At The Oscars?
An image shared on Facebook over 1,400 times purportedly shows actress Nicole Kidman reacting to actor Will Smith slapping comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.
The picture was captured prior to Smith’s altercation with Rock. The image appears to show Kidman’s reaction to actress Jessica Chastain entering the room.
Smith walked onto the stage at the 2022 Academy Awards on Sunday and slapped Rock after the comedian made a joke at the expense of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, according to CBS News. Rock’s joke targeted Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, which the actress has previously explained is due to her alopecia, the outlet reports.
An image shared on Facebook, which has garnered over 25,000 reactions, claims to show Kidman’s reaction to the incident. It shows the actress with her mount open, seemingly in amazement. “Nicole Kidman should win the Oscar for Best Reaction To Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock,” the photo’s caption claims.
Though the picture was captured at the 2022 Oscars and can be found on Getty Images, it was snapped before Smith struck Rock. One user on Twitter shared the photo at 7:34 p.m. EST, about 26 minutes before the program’s 8 p.m. start time, according to CNET. (RELATED: Do These Photos Show Rihanna Holding Her Child?)
Update: This article has been updated with the comment from Chun.