After his slap, Will Smith banned from any Oscar ceremony for ten years

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The board of directors of the Academy had initiated a disciplinary file against the actor for having slapped Chris Rock in the middle of the gala evening.

The Academy of the Oscars decided on Friday to ban Will Smith from any ceremony or event he organizes for a period of ten years, as punishment for The slap the actor gave to comedian Chris Rock in full gala evening at the end of March.

“Mr. Smith will not be able to attend any Academy event or program, in person or virtually.”Oscars or not, effective immediately, leaders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences write in a press release. The Academy accepted Will Smith’s resignation, which he submitted last week, but did not take away the Best Actor Oscar he received last month for The Williams Method.

“I accept and respect the decision of the Academy”Will Smith reacted in a brief written statement. The Academy did not mention any ban on the actor from competing for future Oscars.

‘Unacceptable behaviour’

The Friday morning meeting of the Academy’s board of directors, attended by stars such as Steven Spielberg and Whoopi Goldberg, was part of the disciplinary file initiated against the actor after his slap in the middle of the Oscars gala. A ceremony “Overshadowed by Mr. Smith’s unacceptable and damaging behavior on stage. During our television broadcast, we did not react properly to the situation. We sorry”lamented this Friday the president of the Academy, David Rubin, and its general director, Dawn Hudson. “We want to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under these extraordinary circumstances”, they add in their press release. Visibly as surprised and shocked as the audience by Will Smith’s act, the comedian, however, had picked up the thread of the evening as if nothing had happened, later refusing to file a complaint against the 53-year-old actor.

“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable”, acknowledged the actor, five days after taking the stage to slap comedian Chris Rock who had just made a joke about his wife’s shaved hair. Jada Pinkett Smith went public a few years ago with alopecia, a condition that causes severe hair loss. A few dozen minutes after the slap, Will Smith returned to the Oscars stage to receive the best actor award for his role in The Williams Method.

Trust “betrayed”

He had made no act of contrition at the time, content to punish “people who disrespect you” and say that “love makes you do crazy things”. It wasn’t until the next day, after the Academy announced an internal investigation into the incident, that the actor apologized to Chris Rock and the organizers. He later claimed to have reacted. “emotionally” for “a joke about Jada’s health problem”.

Last Friday, when finally announcing his resignation, Will Smith admitted having “He betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other candidates and winners of the opportunity to celebrate their extraordinary work.”. “I will accept whatever consequences the board deems appropriate”added in your text.

Voices were raised to demand that Will Smith be stripped of his Oscar, but others pointed out that neither Harvey Weinstein, a former Hollywood mogul convicted of rape and sexual assault, nor director Roman Polanski had been forced to return their statuettes after being expelled from the Oscar. . Academy. The day after the incident, actress Whoopi Goldberg herself had considered it unlikely that this eventuality would concern Will Smith. “There will be consequences, I’m sure, but I don’t think that’s what they’re going to do, especially since Chris” Rock decided not to file a complaint, he had said on television.

For his part, the comedian has not spoken publicly about this incident. “I’m still digesting what happened. So at some point I’m going to talk about these things. And it will be serious and fun.”he said on March 30 at the start of a show.

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