twelve days later Will Smith slapped and shouted profanity at chris rock During the 94th Academy Awards ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ruled that Smith, who was awarded the Oscar for best actor later that same night, was barred from returning to the Oscars or attending any another Academy event for the next. 10 years.
Smith will keep the Oscar he won and remains eligible for future Oscar nominations and awards.
The Academy’s 54-person board of governors held a special meeting Friday to determine what action to take against Smith. Until a week ago, when Smith announced that he was resigning as a member of the organization, he was expected to face suspension or expulsion for violating the Academy’s rules of conduct in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
Many in the industry have expressed outrage at Smith’s behavior, which he called “shocking, painful and inexcusable.” Some even called for him to lose the Oscar statuette he was awarded and/or his eligibility for future Oscars. But the Academy appears to have doubled down on its long-standing position that there is a line between on-screen work and off-screen conduct. (harvey weinstein Y Roman Polansky have been kicked out of the organization, but they each still have the Oscar statuette they were awarded before that).
Smith, one of Hollywood’s most popular male leads for decades, exploded after Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, the actress, balding. Jada Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia. (Rock reportedly went off script and improvised the prank, unaware of Pinkett Smith’s condition.) Pinkett Smith looked taken aback, apparently prompting Smith, who initially laughed at the joke, to act, as attendees looked on in disbelief.
The CEO of the Academy dawn hudson and president David Rubin and producer of the Oscar ceremony packer They have since come under fire for failing to get Smith out of the Dolby Theatre. They have issued conflicting statements as to whether the actor was asked to leave. Smith stayed at the ceremony until it was over, then skipped the Academy Governors Ball and headed to the vanity fair Oscar party, where he danced to some of his own songs. She didn’t apologize to Rock until Monday.
In a letter to members sent after Friday’s meeting, Hudson and Rubin acknowledged that they “failed to adequately address the situation in the room” and apologized for “being unprepared for the unprecedented.” They also expressed “deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances” and thanked the “hosts, nominees, presenters and winners of the night for their poise and grace during our broadcast.”
Shortly afterward, Smith, through a spokesman, issued a brief statement of his own: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
Here is the “Open Letter to Our Academy Family” sent by Rubin and Hudson on Friday:
The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many people in our community who did amazing work last year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.
During our broadcast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry. This 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 something 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 decided, for a period of 10 years beginning April 8, 2022, that Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to Academy Awards.
We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters, and winners for his poise and grace during our broadcast.
This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is one step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our artists and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope that this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.