Will Smith could lose the Oscar within hours if the academy ‘splits’ over Chris Rock’s slapping.

At the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in King Richard, but was overshadowed by his decision to slap Chris Rock onstage at LA’s Dolby Theater

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Oscars 2022: Will Smith apologizes for slapping Chris Rock

Will Smith will reportedly find out on Friday (April 8) whether or not he can keep his Best Actor Oscar, which he won at the Academy Awards last month.

The Hollywood actor caused a stir at this year’s ceremony in Los Angeles when he slapped comedian Chris Rock onstage.

Will, 53, wasn’t impressed by a joke Chris made about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and her alopecia, telling him to “keep my wife’s name out of your friggin’ mouth.”

Days later, Will resigned from the academy, and according to one member, the 54 board members — 25 of whom were female — were “almost completely divided” ahead of the hearing.

Will Smith caused outrage last month when he slapped Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars


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A source claimed to The Sun: “There have been at least two different zoom and conference calls in the past ten days with different members and specific governors.

“The decision was made earlier this week to expedite the hearing following Will’s resignation and during that call it was clear the decision would go to leadership.

Will Smith may have to return his gold statue after the riot


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“The members — of which there are over 9,000 with hundreds of WhatsApp groups flying around — are completely divided,” the insider continued.

“Even the governors themselves should not agree. Given that convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein and fugitive child rapist Roman Polanski didn’t have their gongs taken away, the general consensus is that it would be insanity and hypocrisy to take such a stance right now.

“But honestly, as we all know, Hollywood is a law unto itself,” they added.

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