Will Smith banned from Oscars for 10 years for punching Chris Rock – Deadline

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(UPDATED with Will Smith statement) Because their options are rather limited, the board of directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just decided that Will Smith will not be able to attend the Oscars for 10 years because he punched Chris Rock onstage at the 94th Academy Awards on 27 March .

“The Board has resolved that, for a period of 10 years from 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” , said AMPAS. President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson of Smith’s “unacceptable and harmful behavior” in a letter to the entire membership after a contentious virtual meeting closed at 9 a.m. “We also hope that this can begin a time of healing and recovery for all involved and affected,” they added at the end of the letter, with no pun undoubtedly intended. Read Rubin and Hudson’s full letter below.

“I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” Smith said in a succinct statement shortly after AMPAS made their POV public.

Not that there was much more that the AMPAS board, which includes Steven Spielberg, Ava DuVernay, Laura Dern and Whoopi Goldberg on the current roster, could really do. Seeing where this debacle was likely to end, Smith made a chess move on April 1 and immediately resigned from the AMPAS.

In his preventive letter the King Richard Best Actor Oscar winner stated: “My actions during the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful and unforgivable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance. and a global audience at home. I have violated the trust of the Academy. I have denied other nominees and winners the opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. My heart is broken. I want to draw attention again to those who pay attention deserve for their achievements and enable the Academy to go back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film.”

With whispers in previous days that the organization’s more than 50-strong board of directors are strongly considering a decade-long eviction as part of their self-described “disciplinary procedure,” the actor’s April Fool’s Day decision effectively castrated the organization. . While there has been varying degrees of discussion in recent days about denial of future Academy Awards, a fine, or even a lawsuit for staining the Oscar mark, there was never any possibility that Smith would take his Best Actor Oscar from him — as Roman Polanski can tell you.

With the Best Actress award at the 95th Academy Awards not being presented, as is customary for the previous Best Actor winner, there’s nothing in today’s AMPAS decision to stop the busy Smith from being nominated in years to come. become. Such a move by the Board of Directors would have been unprecedented for AMPAS and could likely have exploded in their face.

Not that the now-banned Smith didn’t fare well among the Hollywood elite group before striking and verbally reprimanding fargo star Rock about his mockery of Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. The former fair prince had been a member of the Academy since 2001, hitting the big screen just five years after his blockbuster debut Independence Day.

It was Smith’s resignation last week that forced the AMPAS leadership to move their April 18 meeting to today. given him the opportunity to provide the board with a written statement not less than five days prior to that meeting,” explains an April 6 memo from AMPAS prez Rubin, noting that those rules and timeline were essentially adopted by Smith with his resignation.

At that point, of course, a secondary scandal was in full bloom as conflicting and nuanced explanations began to leak as to why Smith wasn’t expelled from the Dolby Theater after attacking Rock. Following a meeting of the AMPAS governors on March 30, the group’s representatives released a statement saying: “While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and declined, we also acknowledge that we understand the situation. could have handled differently.

Those close to Smith said this was not true.

They say AMPAS heads Rubin and CEO Hudson rather gently suggested to Smith’s longtime rep Meredith O’Sullivan backstage that the actor leave Dolby. Even before the likes of Denzel Washington and Tyler comforted Perry Smith, the then Best Actor nominee’s representative passed the request on to him. Perhaps not capturing the gravity of the moment, Smith would have said he wanted to stay, to say sorry and that was that.

With no adults taking control or responsibility, Smith sat in his front row for over half an hour before taking the stage again to take home his long-favorite Best Actor award.

For many watching at home and even in the room, the standing ovation the actor received before starting off was in a somewhat disjointed, emotional, self-justifying and apologetic speech (though not to Chris Rock, who would hit social media a day later). a travesty. Later Smith and family showed up at the Vanity Fair party to dance to his own past hits in a way that showed an obvious lack of remorse.

Additionally, conflicting stories arose as to whether or not Oscar producer Will Packer asked Smith to leave. In an effort to get out for AMPAS, Packer sat down with GMA on April 1 to tell the ABC morning show that the decision to force Smith to leave fell on Rock’s hands.

that the police”were about to physically remove Will Smith,” said the Girls trip said EP. “I wasn’t part of those conversations. …Rock made it clear that he didn’t want to make a bad situation worse.”

However, sources told Deadline after that GMA interview that Packer, who also spoke directly to Smith in the minutes following the shocking blow, came together from a conversation that happened after Smith punched Rock onstage, where the strip told Packer he wasn’t. wanted to press. cost. If he had chosen to do so, the LAPD would have removed Smith and arrested him. If Packer Rock had really asked if he wanted to remove Smith from the building, he might have gotten a different answer, we hear.

Had the now-touring Rock filed a police report against Smith, the actor could have faced up to six months behind bars and a $100,000 fine if found guilty of the charge that the attack falls under California law.

Now, with big and award-winning projects like AppleTV+’s Antoine Fuqua at the helm Emancipation in the can when other offerings at Netflix and Sony take a break, Will Smith’s career is sure to dim a bit. However, this is Hollywood, and with a fan base as wide and deep as global superstar Smith, expect the actor to be back in the middle of the A-list soon enough.

Read the full letter from AMPAS President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson to Academy members here

The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who have done an incredible job over the past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith display on stage.

During our broadcast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. 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.

Today, the Board of Directors 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 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.

We would like to thank Mr Rock very much for keeping his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We would also like to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our broadcast.

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 artists and guests and restore trust in the Academy. We also hope that this can be the beginning of a time of healing and recovery for all involved and involved.

Thank you

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