Two weeks after the 2022 Oscars, the Academy has decided that this year’s Best Actor winner won’t be able to return to the ceremony – or any other Academy event – for a decade. Meanwhile, thanks Chris Rock.
Will Smith, who took the stage at the 2022 Oscars to slap Chris Rock just before winning the Best Actor of the Year award, has been banned from the Oscars and all other Academy events for 10 years. ’Academy decided it on Friday 8 April. “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” Smith said in a statement after the announcement.
After Smith resigned from the Academy on Friday, as Academy President David Rubin wrote in his letter to board members, “suspension or expulsion is no longer a possibility.” Therefore, other “sanctions” were sought and found.
Rubin and Dawn Hudson
“The 94th edition of the Oscars was supposed to be a celebration of the many in our community who did an amazing job last year; however, those moments were overshadowed by Mr. Smith’s unacceptable and harmful behavior on stage”, wrote Rubin and Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy, in a letter after the meeting. “During the broadcast, we didn’t adequately address the situation. For this, we are sorry. It was an opportunity to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, but we were caught unprepared. And again: «The Board of Governors discussed how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, as well as accepting his resignation. The Board has decided that, for a period of 10 years commencing April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy event or program, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academies. Awards”.
The letter continues to express gratitude to Chris Rock “for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances”, and to call his decision “a step towards a greater goal of protecting the safety of our artists and guests, and restoring confidence in Academy”.
Smith’s slap on the night of the Oscars had left everyone stunned, and even though the Academy said the actor had been asked to leave the ceremony later, the indignation grew. When Smith stepped down, a sanction from the Academy seemed inevitable. “I will fully accept all the consequences of my conduct,” he wrote at the time of his resignation, “my actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful and unforgivable.”
The chain effect
The chain effect of Smith’s slap reactions has spread far beyond the Academy, meanwhile. Netflix has reportedly moved an upcoming Smith project into the background, and Apple TV +, a fresh Best Picture winner for CODA, will have to make some not-so-simple choices about how to handle Emancipation, the next film in which Smith plays a man on the run. slavery.
In addition to his statement of resignation from the Academy and the rambling acceptance speech for the Oscar for best actor, Smith had posted a statement on Instagram apologizing to Rock and the Academy. Rock, on the other hand, aside from a quick cut at the start of a recent standup show in Boston, has not yet publicly commented on the event.
Sources: Io Donna, VanityFair