Jada's Reaction To Will Smith's Oscars Win Is Raising Eyebrows

When it comes to the Oscars, those who are nominated for the most prestigious awards are often poked fun at the most. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready or open to that kind of attention. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith attended the 2022 Academy Awards with a true front seat to the grand stage. The evening grew awkward for the pair as they were the subject of several jokes.

Regina Hall teased about their unconventional marriage, but it was Chris Rock's joke about looking forward to the sequel of "G.I. Jane" from Jada's buzzed hair style that seemed to trigger a serious response from Will, per People. Emotions were clearly running high during the event, and after a smack from Will and his insistence for the comedian to keep Jada's name out of his mouth, there was definitely a strange tension in the room — especially as the category of Best Actor was yet to come up.

The "King Richard" star did in fact take home the honor and gave a tearful, impassioned speech, according to Variety, leaving fans split on the matter. Since the most-talked about moment of the evening seemed to revolve around her, folks couldn't help but examine Jada's reaction to how things played out.

Fans look to Jada during Will Smith's speech

By the time Will Smith was announced the winner of Best Actor for his performance in "King Richard," the tension in the room from his outburst on Chris Rock seemed to have evolved into genuine curiosity. The actor's speech was definitely emotional and eerily connected the similarities of himself to his portrayal of Richard Williams — a ferociously outspoken father. Rock's joke must have struck a nerve for the couple, especially as Jada Pinkett Smith has been open about her experience with alopecia.

Luckily, Will apologized to the Academy and those in attendance for the awkwardness of the evening. "Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams!" he stated. "But, love will make you do crazy things." When Will made this point, viewers caught a glimpse of Jada in the crowd.

She watched her husband with a smile and nodded along as he spoke. This positive, supportive reaction amidst a whirlwind of an evening caused a stir on Twitter from those watching at home. "That cut to Jada Pinkett Smith nodding along to this speech was truly haunting," one person posted. "This is insane." In the frenzy of chatter, another viewer expressed, "There was a whole lot of wrong there. I hope Jada is okay."

Jada Pinkett Smith has openly shared her hair loss journey

During an episode of "Red Table Talk" in 2018, Jada Pinkett Smith chatted with daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield Norris about body confessions, insecurities, and being comfortable in your own skin. The host opened up about the reason she had been opting for wearing turban-styled wrappings. "I've been having issues with hair loss," she shared. "It was terrifying when it first started." The abrupt change occurred while in the shower and "handfuls of hair" came off into her hands, which was alarming. "I was just like, oh my god, am I going bald?"

Over time living with alopecia, Jada decided to shave her head and share the look on Instagram. The move was prompted by a little encouragement from her daughter. "Willow made me do it because it was time to let go," Jada wrote in the caption. "my 50's are bout to be Divinely lit with this shed." The photo is a sweet mother-daughter moment reposted from Willow's account of them with shaved heads surrounded by greenery and flowers. It's clear through the conversations they have on "Red Table Talk" and the insights shared on Instagram that there is a lot of fierce family support around the topic.

Jada Pinkett Smith is keeping her journey positive

Will Smith issued an apology to Chris Rock the day after the Academy Awards following the wild frenzy that consumed social media and the whole world. As someone who has always been quite open about her personal life, Jada Pinkett Smith also made a post on Instagram. Rather than directly commenting on the situation, she opted for something much more simple and calm. "This is a season for healing and I'm here for it," the post read. The reaction pairs well with how fans last saw her during Will's speech for his Best Actor win. It seems like, with all of the attention, fans are reacting to her statement positively as the comments fill up with heart emojis.

Jada has continued to express where she is at with her hair journey to fans and even posted a video discussing her experience just days before the Oscars. "Being a Black woman and dealing with hair in Hollywood, especially in the era that I came up in, having your hair look as European as possible was always the thing," she revealed. Jada recounted years of not being able to show off her natural hair during shoots and when she was finally able to feel the freedom to do otherwise. As for her current look, "I don't give two craps what people feel about this bald head of mine," she concluded. "'Cause guess what? I love it."