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Will Smith was banned from attending the Oscars for the next 10 years on Friday, two weeks after the actor stunned the world by storming onto the stage midway through the ceremony to punch comedian Chris Rock.
Smith is also not permitted to attend any other events hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the next ten years.
The board’s decision, as set out in a letter from the heads of the Academy, did not revoke the Best Actor award Smith won last month for “King Richard,” nor was there any mention of a ban on future performances. Oscar nominations.
“The Board has resolved that for a period of 10 years beginning 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 Academy Awards” the president wrote. David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson.
Academy board members met Friday morning to discuss actions against Smith, with board members Steven Spielberg and Whoopi Goldberg among those invited to decide the actor’s fate.
The meeting of top buyers from Hollywood’s leading industry association was originally scheduled to discuss Smith’s suspension or eviction, but he pre-emptively resigned from the group.
Actors don’t have to be members of the Academy to receive nominations, although the Oscar nominees — and winners — are voted on by members of the group each year.
Smith’s actions during a live global broadcast astonished the audience, casting a shadow over both the evening’s big winners and Tinseltown’s showcase event itself.
“The 94th Oscars were intended as a celebration of the many individuals in our community who have done an incredible job over the past year, but those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and damaging behavior we saw Mr. Smith display onstage,” the Academy said. . letter.
It added: “This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a greater goal to protect the safety of our performers and guests and restore trust in the Academy. We also hope that this can begin a time of healing and recovery for all involved and those affected.”
Some had asked for Smith to be stripped of his Best Actor Oscar, which he won for his performance in the tennis biopic “King Richard” less than an hour after hitting Rock on the same stage.
Rock’s brother Kenny Rock told the Los Angeles Times that Smith “belittled (Chris Rock) in front of millions of people watching the show.”
But taking Smith’s award was deemed unlikely, as Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski’s Oscars were not withdrawn when they were expelled from the Academy over sexual assault scandals.
Traditionally, the Best Actor Oscar winner is invited to present the following year’s Best Actress award — an honor Smith will not be bestowed.
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Smith climbed the Oscar stage and punched Rock in the face in response to a joke the comic made about his wife’s cropped hair.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has alopecia, a condition of hair loss.
The Academy has said Smith was asked to leave the Oscars ballroom shortly after the attack.
But that claim has been disputed, including by Smith’s representatives, and the show’s producer, Will Packer, is said to have told Smith to stay and accept his statuette.
Rock was asked by the Los Angeles Police Department to press charges against Smith, but he declined.
“During our broadcast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room,” said the letter from the Academy Directors on Friday.
“We’re sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we came up short — unprepared for the unprecedented.”
The letter thanked Rock for “keeping his composure under extraordinary circumstances.”
Last week, Smith apologized to Rock, describing his actions at the Oscars as “shocking, painful and unforgivable,” before resigning from the Academy days later.
“I am canceling my membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any further consequences as the board deems appropriate,” said Smith, only the fifth black man to win the highest individual award for an actor in filmmaking.
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