After a long two weeks of memes, speculation and drama, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors have FINALLY made their decision 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 in a letter to the full membership.
Smith, has since come form with a public statement saying
“I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,”
Here, you can read the full letter from AMPAS President and CEO:
The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.
During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented.
Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. 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.
We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.
This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.
Well now that that's done, can we all just move on?
We don't expect this to hurt Smith's career any, unless he stops working. A great actor is a great actor and there are plenty out there who don't need an award or ceremony to prove that. What we do hope, is that Will and his family and even Chris Rock, find healing and can move pass this while continuing to be as successful as they already are.