This is not “Nicole Kidman’s reaction to Will Smith’s slap”

On March 28, 2022, a post was published on Facebook containing a photo of actress Nicole Kidman with a surprised expression and a text which reads: «Nicole Kidman’s reaction to Will Smith’s slap. Oscar-worthy.”

The reference is to the altercation that took place on March 27, 2022 during the ninety-fourth edition of the Academy Awards, when actor Will Smith slapped his colleague Chris Rock following a joke addressed to his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith.

It is an image presented without the context necessary for its understanding, which conveys false news.

The photo under review does not show Nicole Kidman’s “reaction” to Will Smith’s slap, but was taken and posted on Getty Images hours earlier, during the first hour of the untelevised ceremony. During this segment, the Academy awarded 8 awards (Best Documentary Short, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, Best Animated Short, Best Live Action Short and Best Sound), the whose awards were only partially broadcast during live television.

Kidman’s surprised reaction had been relaunched on social networks already around 1.30 in Italy (live television in our country began at 2) and was due to the entry into the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles of my colleague and friend Jessica Chastain, as can be verified from a subsequent shot always published from Getty Images.

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About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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