Will Smith banned from Oscars for 10 years; actor reacts

“I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” Smith said in a succinct statement soon after AMPAS made their POV public.

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The Oscar controversy surrounding Will Smith and Chris Rock has finally witnessed a development as the Acadamy has issued a punishment from their side. With their options rather limited, the  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors have just decided that Will Smith will not be able to attend the Oscars for 10 years for slapping Chris Rock on-stage at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27.

“The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards,” said AMPAS president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson of Smith’s “unacceptable and harmful behavior” in a letter to the full membership after a contentious 9 AM PT starting virtual meeting today concluded. “We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted,” they added at the end of the letter.

“I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” Smith said in a succinct statement soon after AMPAS made their POV public.

Not that there was a lot more the AMPAS Board, which includes Steven Spielberg, Ava DuVernay, Laura Dern and Whoopi Goldberg among its current roster, could really do. Seeing where this debacle was likely going to end up, Smith made a chess move on April 1, and immediately resigned from the AMPAS.

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Okay, so Will Smith chose the wrong method to show his displeasure and he got his punishment but what about the so-called comedian who made a mockery of his wife's medical condition? Had it been something else, maybe, just maybe, it could have been excused but making fun of someone's medical condition is just sick. Comedian or no comedian, people need to know and respect boundaries!

1 years ago

Will Smith was wrong he could have managed that situation better.

1 years ago

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1 years ago

Will Smith deserved it but what about the guy who made that joke on Will Smith's wife? I hope he too at least gets a warning if not anything else.

1 years ago

Absolutely phenomenon news abt will Smith 👍👍👏 he deserves this banned from the Oscar. I was very much fan of him all his movies daily comedy series I use to watch but after watched that incident in Oscar ceremony really pissed off 😳 his behavior was not only rude its disgraceful as a celebrity 👎👎

1 years ago

good they took action. Will's behaviour was inappropriate

1 years ago

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