Will Smith Banned From Oscars For 10 Years

Will Smith has been banned from attending the Oscars or any event held by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for ten years.
Will Smith (screen capture)

Will Smith has been banned by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from attending the Oscars or any Academy event for 10 years in response to Smith slapping and yelling obscenities at comedian Chris Rock at this year’s honors.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

The Academy’s 54-person board of governors held a special meeting on Friday morning to determine what action to take against Smith.

Until one week ago, when Smith announced that he was resigning as a member of the organization, he was expected to face suspension or expulsion, having violated the standards of conduct that the Academy implemented after the outbreak of the #MeToo movement.

Many members of the industry have expressed outrage over Smith’s behavior, which he himself called “shocking, painful and inexcusable.” Some even called for him to lose the Oscar statuette that he was awarded and/or his eligibility for future Oscars.

Smith charged the stage and slapped Rock after the comedian made a joke referencing the baldness of Smith’s wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia.

Smith will be allowed to keep the Best Actor trophy he won this year for his performance in King Richard, and will remain eligible for future awards.

Shortly after the decision was announced, Smith issued a statement saying, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”