It’s a slap that will have gone around the world, and cost Will Smith dearly. Since his inappropriate gesture, the production of two films in which he was to play, Fast and Loose and bad boys 4, were discontinued. He now loses the privilege of attending the Oscars for 10 years.
Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy event or program, in person or virtually.whether or not it is the Oscars, and with immediate effect, wrote in a press release the board of directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which met on Friday morning.
The Academy, however, did not withdraw the Oscar for best actor received last month for his role in The Williams Method, where he plays the father and trainer of the Williams sisters, Richard Williams.
The actor preemptively resigned from the Academy last week, saying he would accept any disciplinary action taken by the organization against him.
I accept and respect the decision of the Academyhe said in a statement Thursday.
The Academy apologizes
The Friday morning meeting of the Academy’s board of directors, which was attended by stars like Steven Spielberg and Whoopi Goldberg, was part of the disciplinary proceedings initiated against the actor after his slap in the middle of the gala evening of the Oscars.
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Mr. Smith’s unacceptable and harmful behavior on stagelamented the president of the Academy, David Rubin, and its director general, Dawn Hudson.
The Academy also apologized for their handling of the situation, letting Will Smith stay on the premises and accept his Oscar.
During our television broadcast, we did not react properly to the situation. We’re sorry about that.
It’s a joke from Chris Rock about the close-cropped hair of actress Jada Pinkett Smith, suffering from a disease causing significant hair loss, which had set fire to the powder Sunday evening.
Stung to the quick by this joke towards his wife, Will Smith suddenly went on stage and slapped Chris Rock under the dumbfounded eye of the public.
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 Academy.