(Updated with will Smith statment) With their somewhat limited options, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesThe Board of Governors just decided that Will Smith will not be able to attend Oscars For 10 years to slap Chris Rock Onstage at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27.
He said: “The Board of Directors has resolved, for a period of 10 years effective April 8, 2022, not to allow Mr. Smith to attend any academic events or programmes, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.” AMPA Today, President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson concluded from Smith’s “unacceptable and harmful conduct” in a message to all members after the controversial 9AM PT virtual meeting that began today. “We also hope that this will initiate a time for healing and recovery for all concerned and affected,” they added at the end of the letter. Read the full letter from Robin and Hudson below.
“I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” Smith said in a brief statement shortly after AMPAS announced the POV publicly.
Not that the AMPAS board, which includes Steven Spielberg, Ava DuVernay, Laura Dern and Whoopi Goldberg among their current roster, could have done so. Seeing where this disaster would likely end, Smith made a chess move On April 1and immediately resigned from AMPAS.
In his protective message King Richard The Best Actor Oscar winner declared: “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful, and unforgivable. The list of people I’ve hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dearest friends and loved ones, and all present and global audiences at home. You betrayed the trust of the Academy. You disqualified the nominees. and other winners of the opportunity to celebrate and celebrate their exceptional work. Burning my heart. I want to refocus on those who deserve attention for their accomplishments and allow the Academy to return to the wonderful work it does in support of creativity and art in cinema.”
With whispers in earlier days that the organization’s 50-plus board of governors had been aggressively considering firing for a decade as part of their self-described “disciplinary action,” the actor’s April Fools’ Day decision effectively neutralized the organization. While not invited for future Academy Awards, a fine or even a lawsuit for smearing the Oscar mark has been discussed to varying degrees in recent days, there was absolutely no chance Smith would ever get a Best Actor Oscar for him — as Roman Polanski did. Tells you.
Now that the Best Actress award has yet to be awarded at the 95th Academy Awards, as is the case for the former Best Actor winner, there’s nothing in today’s AMPAS decision to prevent a busy Smith nomination in years to come. Such a move by the Board of Governors would have been unprecedented for AMPAS, and would likely explode in their faces.
Not that the now-banned Smith didn’t perform well among the elite group of Hollywood before getting hit and verbally slammed Fargo Rock star above parody of Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. Previous young prince He has been a member of the academy since 2001, joining only five years after his first big screen appearance independence Day.
It was Smith’s resignation last week that forced the AMPAS leadership to adjourn their meeting from April 18 to today. has the opportunity to provide the Board of Directors with a written statement at least five days prior to that meeting,” a April 6 note From AMPAS prez Robin explained, noting that these rules and schedule had essentially been taken over by Smith with his resignation.
Of course, by that point, a minor scandal was in full bloom as conflicting and subtle explanations began to leak out as to why Smith had not been removed from the Dolby Theater after the assault on Rock. After the AMPAS Governors meeting on March 30, representatives of the group released a statement saying, “While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the concert and refused, we also recognize that we could have handled the situation differently.”
Those close to Smith said that this was not true.
They say AMPAS chairs Robin and CEO Hudson kindly suggest Smith has longtime actor Meredith O’Sullivan backstage that the actor is leaving Dolby. Even before Smith consoled the likes of Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry, the then Best Actor nominee actor passed the request on to him. Smith may not have captured the intensity of the moment, he said he wanted to stay, to say sorry and that was it.
With no adults to take charge or take charge, Smith stayed in his front row seat for more than half an hour before returning on stage to accept his longtime Best Actor award.
For many viewers at home and even some in the room, the actor’s standing ovation before setting off was a somewhat rambling, emotional, self-justifying and apologetic speech (although not for Chris Rock, who will appear on social media the next day) It was a farce. Later, Smith and his family appeared in Vanity Fair A party to dance to the tunes of his past in a way that showed a clear lack of remorse.
In addition, contradictory accounts emerged if Oscar producer Will Packer asked Smith to leave and did not. In an effort to get out in front of AMPAS, Packer sat down with the GMA on April 1 to tell ABC Morning Show that the decision to force Smith to leave fell into the hands of Rock.
that the police”about to physically remove Will Smith.” girls journey EP said. 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 the GMA interview that Packer, who also spoke directly to Smith in the minutes after the shock slap, was confusing a conversation that occurred after Smith slapped Rock on stage, in which comedian told Packer he didn’t want to push a charge. Had he chosen to do so, the LAPD would have removed Smith and arrested him. If Packer had actually asked Rock if he wanted Smith out of the building, he might have gotten a different answer, we hear.
Also, had the now touring rocker 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 a misdemeanor charge of assault under California law.
Now, with big projects and award winning intentions like Antoine Fuqua from AppleTV+ help Release In the box with other shows at Netflix and Sony on pause for a while, Will Smith’s career is sure to wane a bit. However, this is Hollywood, and with a fan base as wide and as deep as global superstar Smith, expect to see the actor again in the midst of the A-list crowd soon enough.
Read the full letter to AMPAS President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson to Academy members here:
The 94th Academy Awards were intended to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who have done an amazing job in the past year; However, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior that we saw Mr. Smith appear on stage.
During the TV broadcast, we didn’t touch enough on the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and the Academy family around the world, and we failed – unprepared for the unprecedented.
Today, the Board of Governors held a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, as well as accept his resignation. The Board of Directors has resolved, for a period of 10 years effective April 8, 2022, not to permit Mr. Smith to attend any academic events or programmes, in person or virtually, including but not limited to Academy Awards.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under unusual circumstances. We would also like to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during the TV broadcast.
The action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of performers and guests and restoring confidence in the Academy. We also hope that this will begin a time of healing and recovery for all involved and affected.
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