The Motion Picture Academy bans Will Smith from the Oscars for 10 years

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Actor Will Smith was today banned from attending
all Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences events – including Academy
Awards – for 10 years in response to his on-stage slap of comedian Chris Rock
at this year’s Oscars.

Smith won this year’s Best Actor Oscar for his work in ‘King
Richard”, but the evening was ruined when he assaulted Rock on stage at the
Dolby Theater at the ceremony, in response to the comedian’s joke
about Smith’s wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith.

The Academy’s Board of Governors had considered punishing Smith
by suspending his membership in the Academy or expelling him from the
organization. But Smith took those options off the table last week when he resigned.
of the group.

The Academy’s Board of Trustees met on Friday to consider alternative actions, and
emerged with the 10-year ban.

“The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022,
Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs,
in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Oscars,” Academy
Chairman David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a joint statement. “

Rubin and Hudson also apologized in their statement for their response.
at the Oscars night altercation.

“During our TV show, we did not adequately address the situation in
the bedroom,” they said. “For that, we are sorry. It was an opportunity for us
setting an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world
world, and we failed – unprepared for the unprecedented.

Critics slammed the Academy for allowing Smith to stay in
the Dolby Theater after attacking Rock at the March 27 event, and
allowing him to take the stage soon after to accept Best Actor
Oscar and gives a lengthy acceptance speech and a tearful apology for his

Rock was on stage at the Dolby Theater to present an Oscar when he
made a joke referring to Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head. Pinkett Smith suffers
hair loss alopecia.

Will Smith came on stage and punched Rock in the face, then
returned to his seat and yelled at Rock twice to “not mention my wife’s name”.
your (expletive) mouth.

In announcing his resignation from the Academy last week, Smith said
he was “heartbroken” by his actions and said he would “fully accept everything and
all the consequences on my conduct.

“My actions during the presentation of the 94th Academy Awards were shocking,
painful and inexcusable,” he said. “The list of those I have hurt is long and
includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those
in attendance and a global audience at home.

“I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other candidates and
winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their
extraordinary work. My heart is broken. I want to put the emphasis back on those who
deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to return to
the incredible work he does to support the creativity and art of cinema.

“Therefore, I resign from membership in the Academy of Motion Pictures
Arts and Sciences, and will accept any other consequence that the council deems
appropriate. Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure
May I never again allow violence to take precedence over reason.

In their joint statement on Friday, Rubin and Hudson again blasted
Smith’s demeanor, saying the Oscars “were meant to be a celebration of
many people in our community who have done an incredible job over the past year,
however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and damaging
behaviors that we have seen Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.

They also praised Rock “for keeping his cool under
extraordinary circumstances. »

“We would also like to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners
for their poise and grace during our TV show,” they wrote. “This action, we
take today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step towards greater
aim to protect the safety of our artists and guests, and to restore confidence
at the Academy. We also hope that this can begin a period of healing and restoration.
for all involved and impacted.

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