Oscars vote on disciplinary action after Will Smith incident

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Will Smith’s future and the Oscars will be decided on April 18, as he faces disciplinary action next Sunday for the infamous blow to comedian Chris Rock.

The Board of Directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Smith has violated the Academy’s standards of conduct and has been given a 15-day formal notice showing a vote that will determine his future with the prize.

“At the next board meeting on April 18, the Academy may take disciplinary action, including suspension, expulsion or other sanctions permitted by statute and standards of conduct,” the board said in a statement Wednesday. “Mr. Smith’s actions at the 94th Oscars were a deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in person and on television.”

The statement went on to say that Smith “refused” to leave the Academy Awards show after the incident, stating that they “could have handled the situation differently”.

The incident happened when Rock made jokes aimed at members in the crowd, eventually getting to Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and comparing her shaved head to the 1997 film GI Jane, in which actress Demi Moore had a shaved head.

In what to many originally seemed like part of the show, Smith walked onto the stage toward Rock, punched him in the face, and returned to his seat. The audio dropped out in the US, but shared clips of the unedited Japanese broadcast had Smith repeatedly yelling, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”

Smith would later win the “Best Actor” category for his role in King Richard, where he took the stage to receive the award, attributing his actions earlier in the show as an act of love.

On Monday, Smith issued a formal apology through his social media pages, calling his actions “unacceptable and unforgivable.”

“Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me and I reacted emotionally,” Smith said in his public statement. “I want to apologize to you publicly, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am ashamed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”

Rock has not publicly commented on the incident, according to the LAPD, and declined to press charges.

While it’s not an official indictment of what the Academy’s board of directors will do, board member Whoopi Goldberg said on Monday’s episode of The View, “We’re not going to take that Oscar from him. There will be consequences, I’m sure of that.” of, but I don’t think they will be.”

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