Will Smith gets 10-year suspension from Motion Picture Academy after Oscar’s infamous ‘Slap’ gets banned from show
Will Smith received his sanction from the Motion Picture Academy: 10 years of suspension. He can’t vote or attend events or get swag.
However, he will not have to return his new Oscar. And he can still be nominated for one, although that’s unlikely. He is also banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years.
As I reported last week, Smith hung out in Dubai with the crown prince and didn’t face the consequences of his infamous Oscar “slap in the face.”
His plans, however, are in limbo. And its commercial agreements with its new financial partners are sketchy.
But Smith is rich beyond belief. He could take off two years without realizing it. Or more, really.
Here is the statement from the Academy:
The 94th Academy Awards was meant to be a celebration of the many people in our community who did an incredible job last year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.
During our TV show, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For that, we are sorry. It was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers, and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short – unprepared for the unprecedented.
Today the Board of Governors called a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. The Board has resolved, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, that Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including, but without limit it, to the Oscars.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Rock for keeping his cool under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our TV show.
This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step towards a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope that this can begin a period of healing and restoration for everyone involved and impacted.
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