There have been calls for Will Smith to take the Oscar for his role in King Richard, and while bosses have yet to rule that out, it’s said they’re unlikely to do so when they meet on April 18
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Despite Will Smith’s resignation from Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it doesn’t seem more likely that he will lose sight of the Oscar he was holding on to just minutes after Chris Rock was slapped.
The actor quit last night, saying his on-stage attack on the presenter was “shocking, painful and inexcusable”.
At last Sunday’s ceremony, the 53-year-old movie star stepped onto the stage after the prankster made a joke about his wife’s looks and then slapped him in the face.
Less than an hour later, Will gave a tearful speech on stage as he accepted the Best Actor award for his role in King Richard.
As the dispute continues, he fell on his sword and resigned from the academy.
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He will lose many of the benefits granted to members – but the star is not expected to have to return the Oscar he collected last weekend.
The only time in history one has been revoked was due to a technical error.
That happened in 1967 with the documentary film Young Americans It was determined that he was released too early to be eligible for the 1969 awards.
Both scandal-hit Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski were allowed to keep both awards, meaning it’s highly unlikely Will will ever lose his.
But now that he’s left the academy, he can say goodbye to access to screeners and the ability to vote for potential nominees.
It is still unclear whether invitations to future ceremonies are now in doubt.
He said in a statement last night: “I have betrayed the Academy’s trust.
“I deprived other nominees and winners of an opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am devastated.
“As such, I resign my membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any further consequences that the board deems appropriate.”
David Rubin, president of the film academy, said Friday that the group accepts Smith’s resignation but will proceed with disciplinary proceedings that could result in additional sanctions.
The host joked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, referring to the 1997 film GI Jane, in which actress Demi Moore shaved her head.
The matter is scheduled to be discussed at the group’s next board meeting on April 18.
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