After slapping Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith was banned from the Academy for 10 years, becoming the sixth expelled in the institute’s history.
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Since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was established 94 years ago, five people have been sanctioned by the institute, in addition to Will Smith.
The actor, recognized for his role in the movie “The Godfather”, was the first member of the Academy to be expelled, in 2004. To this day, he was the only member whose expulsion had nothing to do with the charges of sexual assault. . Now, Will Smith comes to join him.
In February 2004, confidential copies of films sent to him began to circulate on the Internet. Later, he confessed to having shared these copies with his relatives, who were not members of the Academy of the Oscars.
He was found guilty of copyright infringement and ordered to pay a US$300,000 fine to Sony Studios and Time Warner.
In October 2017, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled the former film producer after dozens of women spoke out about the assaults and sexual harassment they suffered for decades.
Weinstein, whose films have won 81 Oscars, was only the second person to be expelled from the Academy.
He is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted of rape and sexual assault by New York prosecutors.
Less than a year later, in May 2018, it was the Franco-Polish director’s turn to be expelled from the Academy. During the wave of #MeToo denunciations, Polanski had lost some feathers, particularly due to his 1977 rape conviction.
At that time, the director was charged in Los Angeles with six counts against a 13-year-old girl. Polanski, who was 44 at the time, pleaded guilty to charges of sex with a minor but fled to France before he could be sentenced.
The US authorities have never stopped looking for the director, who has not set foot on US soil since 1978.
Polanski was even absent when he won the Oscars for best picture and best director in 2003 for his film “The Pianist.” The Academy then accepted the award on his behalf.
Polanski’s wife also turned down the invitation to join the Academy in 2018.
After being expelled from the institute, Polanski followed the Academy, but lost his trial in August 2020.
The actor was expelled from the Academy along with Polanski, after being found guilty of sexual assault the previous month, in April 2018.
In the 1960s, Cosby allegedly sexually assaulted at least 60 women, according to complaints filed against him. However, he was convicted of raping a Toronto woman, Andrea Constand, who claimed that Cosby drugged and then assaulted him in 2004.
However, in June 2021, Cosby’s conviction was overturned, as the prosecutor handling the case was still bound by a non-prosecution agreement reached with Cosby in 2005.
Cinematographer of many successful films, Kimmel was expelled from the Academy in March 2021 after a ‘Variety’ magazine investigation revealed that he had once been a registered sex offender.
In 2004, Kimmel pleaded guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old girl, when he was 43. He was arrested and convicted of sexual assault a second time in 2010. He was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender with the state of Connecticut.
The exclusion of Will Smith has raised much criticism on social networks. Many Internet users believe that the severity of the gesture is not comparable to convictions for sexual assault. Others pointed out that white figures who committed misdeeds had never been excluded.