Will Smith has been banned from any Academy events or programs for 10 years following his “unprecedented” behavior at the 94th Academy Awards.
Academy President David Rubin acknowledged that the organization “fell short” in its response to the incident and hoped the decision would “inaugurate a time of healing and recovery for all involved and affected.”
The measures come in response to Smith’s now infamous behavior at the March 27 ceremony, where he took to the stage and punched Chris Rock.
The incident came after the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her hair loss as a result of the condition, alopecia.
Mr Rubin said Smith’s “unacceptable and harmful conduct” on stage “overshadowed” the ceremony.
“The Board has determined that for a period of 10 years beginning April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not participate, in person or virtually, in any Academy events or programs, including but not limited to the Academy Awards,” Rubin said in the statement posted online.
“During our broadcast, we didn’t adequately address the situation in the room. We’re sorry.
“This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we failed – unprepared for the unprecedented.”
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Rubin also thanked Rock again for “maintaining his composure in extraordinary circumstances” and other contestants for their “balance and grace”.
“This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step towards a larger goal of protecting the safety of our artists and guests and restoring confidence in the Academy,” said Mr. Rubin.
“We also hope this can begin a time of healing and recovery for all involved and affected.”
In response to the announcement, Smith said he would “accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
Shortly after the altercation, Smith returned to the stage to accept the gong for best actor for his performance in King Richard, his first Oscar to keep.
He accepted the award and gave a tearful speech about the importance of protecting the family.
An academy board meeting to discuss the aftermath of the actor’s actions was held on Friday, which was brought forward from its originally scheduled date of April 18.
The meeting was convened by Mr. Rubin and according to the academy’s official website, 65 members of the industry sit on the board.
Laura Dern, Whoopi Goldberg, and Rita Wilson are listed as governors under the actors branch on the site, while Steven Spielberg, Ava DuVernay, and Susanne Bier are listed in the directors branch.
Smith resigned from the academy last week, saying he betrayed “trust” in the organization with his “shocking, painful and inexcusable” behavior.
The Academy does not condone violence.
Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Oscar winners, who deserved this moment of recognition from their peers and film lovers around the world.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 28, 2022
Following his resignation, Mr. Rubin moved the meeting forward to deal with the matter “in a timely manner” as suspension or expulsion from the Academy was “no longer possible”.
Oscar showrunner Will Packer previously revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) was “prepared” to arrest Smith over the incident, telling Rock that he was the victim of “battery.”
The comedian dismissed the options because he “didn’t want to make a bad situation worse,” Packer told Good Morning America (GMA).
Two days after the incident, Smith issued a public apology to the Rock and the Oscars production team, admitting he had reacted “emotionally” to the joke and saying that “violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive.”
“I’m embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be,” he said.
“There’s no place for violence in a world of love and kindness … I’m a work in progress.”
Pinkett Smith also called for a “season of healing” in her own social media post.
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