The 2022 Best Actor award winner is now banned for 10 years “from attending, in person or virtually, any Academy event or program, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.”
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Will Smith has said he agrees with the punishment he was given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after The Slap.
The 53-year-old King Richard actor sent shockwaves across Hollywood last month when he loudly slapped comedian Chris Rock, 57, in the face after the star made an ill-considered joke about Will’s 50-year-old alopecia hairstyle. suffering wife Jada Pinkett-Smith.
And while the A-list seemed to immediately forgive Will for his violent actions, giving him a standing ovation just minutes later when he won the Best Actor Oscar, the academy was less forgiving.
On Friday, officials at the organization concluded an investigation and announced that Will is now banned from the Oscars for the next 10 years – meaning he won’t be able to attend the awards shows until 2032.
And now the former Fresh Prince star has spoken out about the ruling – and announced he agrees with the board’s decision.
He said page six in a very brief statement: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
Will had previously resigned from his position as a member of the Academy, announcing earlier this month: “I have betrayed the Academy’s trust. I deprived other nominees and winners of the opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am devastated.” .
“As such, I am resigning from my membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any further consequences that the board deems appropriate.”
Meanwhile, the Academy announced in a statement on Friday: “The 94th Academy Awards should be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who have done incredible work over the past year; Smith exhibition on the stage.
“During our broadcast, we did not 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.
“Today the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s behavior at the Oscars and accept his resignation.
“The Board has determined that Mr. Smith shall not, in person or virtually, participate in any Academy events or programs, including but not limited to the Academy Awards, for a period of 10 years beginning April 8, 2022.”
They continued: “We would like to express our deep gratitude to Mr Rock for maintaining his composure in extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace throughout our broadcast.
“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 performers and guests and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope that this can begin a time of healing and recovery for all involved and affected.”
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/smith-gives-verdict-academys-decision-26672658 Will Smith gives his verdict on the Academy's decision to ban him from the Oscars for 10 years