Will Smith and the Academy have been arguing for what seemed like an eternity before the Board of Governors of the Academy made a final judgment? There will be no Will Smith at the Oscars or any Academy functions for the next decade.
The prohibition will go into effect on April 8, 2022, and will remain in effect until April 8, 2032. Twelve days after the show, Smith hit Chris Rock following a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, on the Oscars stage.
Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson issued the following statement in conjunction with the decision: “On April 8, 2022, the Board of Directors voted to extend the agreement for a total of 10 years.
Mr. Smith will not be allowed to attend any Academy activities or programs, including but not limited to the Academy Awards, in person or remotely.” Even if Smith was unable to accept the honor in person, he can still be nominated for an award.
However, the Academy did not respond to requests to withdraw Smith’s award. Since Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski, both Oscar winners with criminal pasts were able to keep their awards, doing so would be unprecedented. When it comes to Oscars, just one award has ever been canceled for clerical mistake ineligibility.
Smith was quick to reply to the verdict, stating just, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” according to Variety. In the nearly two weeks after the Oscars, the Academy has shifted its position on the event, alleging varied degrees of attempts to remove Smith from the program.
Sources at the event consistently denied the reports. It’s too early to tell if Smith will be nominated during that time span, but it’s hard to envision the Academy voting for a performer who can’t go and accept. Right?
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Friday that Smith will be barred from attending any of the organization’s events for the remainder of that time period following a meeting of its board of governors.
A statement released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the 94th Academy Awards were meant to honor the many people in our community who had accomplished great things in the past year, but those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.
Jada Pinkett Smith, who has a shaved head like the character GI Jane, was linked to Jada Pinkett Smith by comedian Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 27.
For years, Pinkett Smith has been open about her battle with hair loss caused by the auto-immune disease alopecia, and the subsequent choice to shave it off.
Smith apologized to Rock a day after the incident occurred. When asked on April 1 about his acts, he said that they were “shocking, hurtful and unforgivable.” He also resigned from the school. Smith said he would “take whatever further repercussions” the academy’s board could impose at the time.
On Friday morning, the Academy’s board of governors met to evaluate Smith’s behavior, with board members Steven Spielberg and Whoopi Goldberg among those asked to rule on the actor’s destiny.
I accept and appreciate the Academy’s decision,” Smith stated in a statement following the Academy’s decision to exclude him from the competition. Due to Smith’s decision, the best actor winner will not be able to deliver one of the main prizes at the upcoming Oscars.
Less than an hour after punching Rock on the same stage, he brought home the prize for his role in the tennis movie, King Richard. A statement released on Friday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expressed “deep thanks” for “exceptional circumstances” under which “Mr. Rock was able to keep his calm.”
“We failed to effectively handle the issue in the room during our show. “We apologize for this,” the message read. A chance for us to lead by example for our guests, viewers, and Academy family throughout the world was missed because we were unprepared for the unprecedented.
Members of the Academy are not required to be nominated for an Oscar, but each year’s nominees and winners are selected by the group’s members.
Some had asked for Smith’s Oscar to be removed, but that seemed unlikely given the fact that sexual assault claims against Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski did not result in their Oscars being rescinded.