Oscar has banned Will Smith for 10 years for slapping Chris Rock at The Academy Awards three weeks ago. The actor has resigned from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Board of Governors from the Academy has decided to punish him with another punishment and the punishment is banning him from the Oscars ceremony.
Will Smith Banned from Oscars for 10 Years
In the following statement, they have made the announcement of Smith’s banned from the Oscars. The statement reads, “for a period of 10 years,” beginning today, April 8, 2022. Smith will not be allowed to attend “any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.”
In a new statement, Smith said: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
“The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behaviour we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage”, has been said by the statement from the Board of Governors read. They further said, “During our telecast, we did not adequately address 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 our Academy family around the world, and we fell short – unprepared for the unprecedented.”
They again continued, “We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters, and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast…This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behaviour is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.”
The members of the Boards of Governors hailed from the different branches of the Academy that includes in part director Steven Spielberg, screenwriter Eric Roth, screenwriter Larry Karaszewski, actress Whoopi Goldberg, and director Ava DuVernay. On the board, 54 peoples sit, with their disciplinary meeting about Smith moving up in light of his resignation from The Academy (which they accepted).
Smith has written an open letter regarding his resignation from the Academy by apologizing to the Rock, his family, and others. The letter reads, “I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct”.
He further wrote, “I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate. Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”