Will Smith Has Been Banned From the Oscars for a Decade
Will Smith has officially been banned from the Oscars after slapping comedian Chris Rock on stage.
After (very) publicly slapping comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, Will Smith has been banned from attending any Academy-related events for the next decade. The decision comes after today’s morning meeting of all 54 governors of the Academy.
In a statement, President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson condemned Smith’s behavior and admitted that they could have handled the situation better as it was unfolding. “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,” the statement read.
Rubin and Hudson praised Rock for the way he handled the situation, as well as co-hosts Wanda Sykes, Regina Hall, and Amy Schumer. “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,” they continued.
Smith, who went on to win his first Oscar for Best Actor in “King Richard,” can still be nominated for awards, but will not be present at any ceremonies for the next ten years. This means the Oscars will be forced break tradition next year, as typically the incumbent Best Actor winner awards the newest Best Actress winner.
Last week, Smith officially resigned from Academy, saying: “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable.”
Rock declined to press charges over the slap.