After Slapping Chris Rock, Will Smith was banned by Academy from attending Oscars for 10 years. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences barred actor Will Smith from attending the Academy Awards for the next ten years.
This was done as a disciplinary punishment following the actor’s slap on Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards.
Will Smith has been barred from attending the Oscars for the next ten years following his iconic and controversial assault on Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards.
On Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars, revealed its decision. Will’s penalty for his behavior on the night of the award ceremony had been discussed by the Academy’s Board of Governors during the day.
On March 27, 2022, Will stepped up to the stage and hit Chris in the face after the comedian made a joke about Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Will went on to win the Oscar for Best Actor later that night.
Will has now apologized to both the Academy and Chris Rock, claiming that “his actions did not reflect the man he wants to be.” He even willingly quit the Academy. Chris, for his part, reportedly refused to seek charges against Will after the Los Angeles Police Department advised him of the possibility.
Since then, the comic has made casual references to the incident in his stand-up performance but has not given a public remark.
The Academy initiated formal disciplinary processes on March 30 and published its verdict on Friday, April 8. The meeting had been set for April 18, but when Will resigned from the Academy on April 1, Academy president David Rubin changed it to Friday.
According to Variety, the Academy’s statement stated, “The 94th Academy Awards were supposed to be a celebration of the many people in our community who accomplished amazing work this year; but, those moments were overshadowed by Mr. Smith’s reprehensible and damaging behavior on stage.
We did not appropriately handle the issue in the room during our show. We apologize for this. This was a moment for us to set a good example for our guests, viewers, and Academy family throughout the globe, and we failed because we were unprepared for the unprecedented.”
The letter went on to explain how the Board of Governors examined the situation and adopted disciplinary action against Will Smith, excluding him from attending the Oscars for 10 years.
“In addition to accepting Will Smith’s resignation, the Board of Governors met today to determine how best to respond to his behavior at the Oscars.
The Board has resolved that, from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith will be barred from attending any Academy events or activities, in person or online, including but not limited to the Academy Awards “the statement continued say.
The Academy thanked Chris Rock for his handling of the situation and praised the night’s hosts and presenters for keeping the event operating smoothly.
The statement went on to say that “We’d want to thank Mr. Rock for being calm in the face of adversity. We’d also want to congratulate our hosts, nominees, presenters, and winners for their composure and grace throughout the show.”
The Academy concluded its statement by saying that the move “is a step toward a wider aim of ensuring the safety of our artists and visitors, and rebuilding faith in the Academy.” “We also hope this may begin a period of healing and repair for those engaged and impacted,” the statement added.
There have been requests from actors and other Hollywood figures for Will’s Oscar to be rescinded, which would have been a far harsher and unusual measure. However, several legal experts have pointed out that once the prize is granted, the Academy has no legal claim to it. As a result, the action may have been beyond their authority.