The Academy Bans Will Smith for 10 Years
By Abb Jones
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has banned Oscar-winner actor Will Smith from attending the film industry’s prestigious annual ceremony for the next ten years for slapping comedian Chris Rock two weeks ago during this year’s Oscar ceremony.
The Academy made the decision during a Board of Governors meeting in Los Angeles Friday.
The Board expedited its planned April 18th meeting after Smith pre-emptively announced his resignation from the Academy last week. Smith’s resignation means he is no longer a part of the Academy’s voting body, but it does not prevent Smith from being nominated in the future. The Academy also apologized for its handling of the situation, in which it allowed Smith to stay and accept his award 45 minutes later for Best Actor for his performance in King Richard.
The actor ran up onstage and struck Rock as the comedian was presenting the Best Documentary award, after the comedian made a joke about the close-cropped hairstyle of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith suffers from hair loss due to alopecia.
Multiple projects involving Smith have been put on hold since the incident – among them, the planned Netflix movie Fast and Loose and Sony’s plans for Bad Boys 4.
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