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Actor Will Smith Banned from Oscars for 10 Years

Will Smith will not be allowed to attend any Academy events, including the Oscars for the next 10 years.

The Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences held a board meeting today to discuss disciplinary actions against the actor, and concluded that he “shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards,” according to a letter from Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson.

Smith replied shortly after stating, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”

See the full Academy statement below.

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.

Thank you,

David Rubin and Dawn Hudson

See the full list of Academy Board of Governors members here.

In an unprecedented move on March 27, 2022 at the Oscars, Smith instantly made international news when he charged the stage and slapped Chris Rock after the comedian told a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Smith went on to win an Oscar for his performance in “King Richard” one hour later.

In a previous statement, Smith said that “the list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements.”

Smith has seen several of his upcoming film projects put on hold or cancelled in addition to the loss of his Academy membership.

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