Oscar bosses in crisis talks to discuss whether to strip Will Smith of best actor gong

Oscar members have condemned Will Smith’s actions during last night’s Oscars and have launched an investigation into his slapping of presenter Chris Rock.

In a statement tonight, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said: “The Academy condemns Mr. Smith’s actions at last night’s show.

“We have officially begun a formal review of the incident and will review further actions and consequences consistent with our bylaws, standards of conduct and California law.”

The fallout from Smith’s onstage assault continued today as Hollywood and the public continued to battle with a moment that stunned Dolby Theater audiences and viewers at home.

Members of the Academy Awards reportedly held emergency talks to discuss whether Smith should strip his gong for Best Actor for beating comedian Chis Rock onstage.

Sources said some called for the star to be kicked out of the organization during a crisis meeting over Zoom.

The meeting apparently came after Smith took to the stage and met the comedian in front of a star-studded audience at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theater after Rock made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and her hair loss.

Pinkett Smith has previously opened up about her struggles with alopecia, saying it has prompted her to shave her head.

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Smith received the best actor award for his role in the biopic King Richardas he apologized to the Academy and other nominees in a tearful acceptance speech.

A source tells The sun The academy went into “full crisis mode” after the amazing incident.

“Once the ceremony was over, they called key members together to hold an emergency meeting about what action to take,” the source said.

“There were calls for Will to take his gong for best actor.

“You can’t see that they condone violence in any way and there are some people in the academy who feel they should strip him of the award to make a mark.

“Others, however, believe he should be allowed to hold on to it.

“Chris was immediately supported backstage and offered a follow-up package where he can speak to the professionals provided by the Academy if needed.

“The Academy takes this incredibly seriously.”

The incident sparked a huge backlash on social media and across Hollywood, with the Academy saying it “does not condone any form of violence”.

US chat show host Whoopi Goldberg said Smith “made a mistake” but the Academy wouldn’t take away the best actor award from him for beating Chris Rock.

The former Oscars presenter said Smith was under a lot of pressure on the night, “snapping” and “overreacting”.

speaking on her talk show The viewGoldberg said, “We’re not going to take that Oscar away from him.

“There will be consequences, I’m sure of that, but I don’t think they will, especially because Chris said, ‘Listen, I’m not charging.’

“(Smith) made a mistake… Overreactions, mistakes were made. I think he overreacted.

“He had one of those moments where he was like… just stop it. And you have all the pressure of hoping you win and trying to save face.

“I understand not everyone behaves under pressure the way we would like, some people just freak out. He snapped.

“I don’t know if they spoke or if he apologized or not, I just know sometimes you get to a point and you misbehave.”

Other celebrities defended Smith, with comedian Tiffany Haddish saying the incident was “the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”

“When I saw a black man stand up for his wife. It meant so much to me,” she said People Magazine at the Governors Ball after the ceremony.

“Maybe the world doesn’t like the way it ended, but for me it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen because it made me believe that there are still men out there who love their wives, their wives and take care of them. ”

Smith’s son Jaden Smith, 23, also appeared to defend his father’s actions, tweeting “And That’s How We Do It.”

Tennis star Serena Williams, whose father was played by Smith in King Richard, shared a video on her Instagram Story showing her shocked and later admitted she “had to put her drink down.”

After being named Best Actor for his performance in King RichardSmith used his acceptance speech to apologize to the Academy and “all my fellow nominees” — but not to Rock.

Other famous faces criticized the incident, including war of stars Actor Mark Hamill, who called it the “ugliest Oscar moment ever.”

He added, “Stand-up comics are very adept at dealing with hecklers. Violent physical assault… not so much.”

Actress Mia Farrow tweeted: “It was just a joke. Jokes are what Chris Rock does.

“Always nervous. That was a mild joke for him. And I love GI Jane.”

the Last Samurai Producer Marshall Herskovitz urged the Academy to do more than just issue a statement about the incident.

He said on Twitter: “I call on the Academy of which I am affiliated to take disciplinary action against Will Smith.

“He disgraced our entire community tonight.”

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