Why is Lupita Nyong'o going viral?

DECORATED actress Lupita Nyong'o usually garners mainstream press coverage for her roles across motion pictures.

Following the 2022 Oscars ceremony, fans on social media saw Lupita go viral for a different reason.

Why is Lupita Nyong'o going viral?

The 94th Academy Awards broadcast kicked off at 8pm EST on March 27, 2022.

Lupita N'yongo was in attendance at the year's festivities and was seated near Best Actor nominee turned winner, Will Smith.

During the broadcast, Will Smith left his seat to approach the podium and confront Chris Rock.

While Chris Rock was presenting the award for Best Documentary, he aimed a punchline at Jada Pinkett Smith which noted her buzzed hairstyle.

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The comedic actor referenced a Demi Moore film from the 1990s and joked: "Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, can't wait to see it."

When the Fresh Prince actor stormed the stage, he struck Chris across the face in a shocking moment that rocked the night.

Following his altercation with Chris, Will walked off of the stage and the two exchanged words.

When the cameras panned back to Will, Lupita was also caught in the frame.

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Though the camera was focused on Will, Lupita's reaction to the unforeseen altercation was visible to viewers.

Chris said: "Oh wow. Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me."

To which the Oscar winner responded: "Leave my wife’s name out of your f**king mouth."

Chris added: "Wow, it was a GI Jane joke," to which Will repeated the same reply he uttered before.

Throughout the entire ordeal and exchange of words, Lupita's facial expressions as a bystander are witnessed by Oscar audiences.

What did Oscar viewers say on social media?

Although Chris and Will's violent fiasco resulted in their own viral moment of the night, Lupita also made waves for her genuine expression in the middle of the encounter.

Spectators of the ceremony took to social media sites to make sense of the incident, as well as to comment on Lupita's reaction.

On Twitter, one watcher commented: "I need a gif of Lupita asap…She was right there lmao."

One user tweeted: "LUPITA WAS ALL OF US."

Another user tweeted: "I just need to hear what Lupita has to say."

"Its the way Lupita looked at Chris Rock after realizing Will Smith wasn't playing games about, Jada," observed one fan.

As the tweets poured in, another fan said: "Lupita Nyong'o's reaction is exactly what I think I looked like watching this for the first time: laughing thinking it's all scripted between Chris Rock and Will Smith, up till the moment Will drops the F Bombs, esp that SECOND time. #Oscars2022"

"The funniest thing about Will at the Oscars was Lupita’s facial expression and the fact that Chris Rock ain’t even rub the hit cheek, just let it sting and sizzle," commented another.

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What is Lupita's net worth?

The famed actress rose to prominence during the 2010s for her string of movie appearances.

Lupita starred in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Black Panther, Us, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, the star amassed an estimated fortune of $10million.

For her 2013 performance in 12 Years A Slave, she was awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

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