The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ board of governors has decided to ban actor Will Smith from attending the awards ceremony for 10 years, following his slap on host Chris Rock.
In a statement signed by Academy president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson, and reported by Diversity magazine, the Academy said:
“The 94th Academy Awards are to honor the many individuals in our community who have done incredible work over the past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.
During our television, we did not fully address the situation in the room. For this, we apologize. This was our chance to set an example for our Academy guests, viewers and family around the world, and we fell short – unprepared for the unprecedented. ”
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The statement went on to say that “Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, directly or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards. ”
The Academy also promises that “the action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s conduct is a step towards the larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, while restoring confidence in the Academy. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and recovery for all involved and affected. “
Shortly after the statement was released, Smith replied, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” CNN’s Brian Stetler reported.
Smith resigned last Friday from the motion picture academy and said he would accept any further punishment the organization has imposed.
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“I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I have deprived other nominees and winners of the opportunity to celebrate and celebrate for their extraordinary work,” Smith’s statement said.
“I’m heartbroken. I want to focus back on those who deserve attention for their accomplishments and allow the Academy to return to the incredible work it has to offer to support creativity and character. film art.
“Change takes time, and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never let violence overwhelm reason again,” he concluded.
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The incident happened at the Oscars on March 27, when Smith strode from the front row of the Dolby Theater onto the stage and smacked Rock in the face, who was joking with Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Moments later, he went on to win best actor for his role in King Richard.
Rock, who is about to present the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, refused to testify when questioned by police.
The ban means Smith won’t be at one of the major awards at next year’s Oscars, as is tradition for best actor winners.
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The Academy in Friday’s statement also expressed “deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under exceptional circumstances.”
The academy statement made no mention of whether Smith could be nominated for an Oscar during his 10-year ban. Nor did any action be taken to revoke the Smith’s Academy Award.
The Academy did not revoke Oscars from expelled members like Harvey Weinstein or Roman Polanski.
– With files from Global News and The Associated Press
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