The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has opened a formal investigation into Will Smith’s attack on Chris Rock at Sunday night’s Academy Awards.
The institution behind the annual awards show is in the spotlight after Smith was allowed to return to his seat in the audience after beating presenter Rock on stage before being presented with the Best Actor award.
Amid criticism of the academy’s decision not to send in security guards, a spokesman said diversity which the organization condemned Smith’s actions and had “officially initiated a formal review of the incident.” According to the magazine, the King Richard Star “could face some form of disciplinary action or sanction, although it’s unlikely he’ll be made to forfeit his prize.”
Smith publicly apologized to Rock on Instagram just hours after he slapped the ceremony host in response to a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith that referred to her shaved head. Pinkett Smith revealed last year that she was struggling with alopecia.
Despite Smith’s online apology, the dispute over the attack “is not going to die down quietly,” he said The Hollywood Reporter. The outbreak is expected to be “the number one issue” at an emergency meeting of the academy’s board of directors to be called tomorrow night, the entertainment site reported.
The real-life drama at this year’s awards is the latest in a series of controversies facing the board. In fact, the “once lovingly respected institution” now seems “to piss off audiences with whatever it does,” he said financial timesHead Writer Danny Leigh. “Not diverse enough for some, too diverse for others… Too escapist, not escapist enough” – the academy “meets spleen from all directions”.
Who is in the academy?
The number of Academy members is estimated at around 9,750. Membership is limited to people working in film production across 17 different categories including acting, casting, cinematography and costume design.
People in the film industry become members through sponsorship rather than application, and candidates must be endorsed by two existing members. However, first-time Oscar nominees automatically receive non-sponsorship membership.
The final decision on the admission of a new member is made by the Board of Directorswho meet six to eight times a year. David Rubin, a veteran casting director, is President of the Academy and has eight Vice Presidents.
Board members may serve up to two three-year terms. After a break of at least two years, they can then serve two more terms of three years.
Recent additions to the board include producer Donna Gigliotti, for whom she won an Oscar Shakespeare in Love; David Linde, for which he received an Oscar nomination Arrivals; and DeVon Franklin and Jennifer Todd.
Members of the governors acting department include Laura Dern, Whoopi Goldberg and Rita Wilson.
In addition to the Board of Governors and thousands of members, more than 400 employees direct the Academy’s day-to-day operations under the supervision of CEO Dawn Hudson.
Where is the Oscars headquarters?
The Academy is headquartered at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, California. The Oscars headquarters is also home to the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, a 1,000-seat cinema showing blockbuster films gladiator, A beautiful spirit, Moulin Rouge! and 127 hours have premiered.
For the past two decades, the Academy Awards have typically been held at the 3,300-seat Dolby Theater, located in a massive shopping and entertainment complex in central Hollywood.
How does the voting process work?
Each member only votes on their industry categories during the nomination phase — for example, “Editors nominate editors, actors nominate for the four acting categories,” he explained diversity‘s Awards Editor, Tim Gray. But “anyone can nominate best film” and “for the final vote of the winner, all branches vote for everything”.
For the coveted Best Picture award, the Academy uses a “preferred voting system” where voters make their selections in order of preference, rather than just picking their favorite. Some critics devised this system on the basis that a film might end up winning because it was overwhelmingly popular as a second choice rather than a first choice.
A few weeks after the nominations are announced, all members can vote in any category, although they are discouraged from voting in categories about which they know little. The priority election system is also used here.
Winners will be kept secret until their names are read by the awards presenters on the big night. And only two people know in advance who all the gongs are going to.
Two PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants are engaged to count all votes each year. But the system can go wrong.
In 2017, then-President of the Academy Cheryl Boone Isaacs vowed never to work with that year’s accounting duo again after a mix-up led to it la la country falsely named as the best picture winner and not the real winner, moonlight.
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