Will Smith banned from the Oscars for 10 years after slapping Chris Rock

It’s been twelve days since what will forever be remembered as the Oscars ceremony in which Will Smith slapped and insulted Chris Rock, and now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has determined that the actor he will not be able to return to the Oscars or participate in any other Academy event for the next 10 years. Also from the Academy they let it be known that Smith will keep the Oscar he won that same evening and will remain eligible for future nominations and Oscar wins.

“The Board has decided that, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith will not be permitted to participate in any Academy event or program, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.” ,

These are the words of the president of AMPAS, David Rubin, followed by those of the managing director Dawn Hudson, who defines as a “unacceptable and harmful behavior“that of Smith in a letter to the 54 members of the board after the conclusion of a controversial virtual meeting held in the past few hours.

“I accept and respect the decision of the Academy”Smith said in a statement released shortly after the AMPAS. Here is an excerpt from what Smith said.

“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful and unforgivable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all in attendance. and the global audience at home. I have betrayed the trust of the Academy. I have deprived other candidates and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to bring attention back to those who deserve attention for the their results and allow the Academy to return to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistic prowess in film. “

For the few who did not remember how things unfolded, Will Smith at the 94th Oscars ceremony exploded after Chris Rock made an unhappy joke about the baldness of his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who has long suffered from alopecia. . Will Smith, who initially appeared to smile, then got up to join the comedian and slapped him as the attendees watched in disbelief. We talked about it in detail immediately after the crime, which, as the facts show, is costing the career of the famous actor dearly.

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