Just days after Hollywood star Will Smith beat comedian Chris Rock during the 94th Oscars, the board held an emergency meeting to discuss the consequences for the winner of Best Actor.
He is now facing “suspension, deportation or other permissible sanctions”, reports Variety. The statement from the academy is highly condemning and refers to the standards of conduct and Smith’s violations of “inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior and jeopardizing the integrity of the academy”.
Smith, who won the Oscar for Best Actor for King Richard not long after the beating, has received 15 days notice of a vote regarding his violations and penalties and has the opportunity to submit a written response.
The next board meeting is scheduled for April 18, when the Academy can take disciplinary action. A notable new piece of information is the academy, which says they asked Will Smith to leave the Dolby Theater but Smith refused to do so.
One of the biggest criticisms of the handling of the moment was that Smith was not removed from the auditorium. The academy has offered clarification, saying Smith was asked to leave but refused. “We also realize that we could have handled the situation in a different way,” was the Academy’s statement.
The organization also offered a formal apology to Rock, the other nominees who attended the ceremony and the spectators at home and in person who witnessed the event. The letter reads “Mr. Rock, we apologize for what you experienced on our stage and thank you for your resilience at that moment. We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what happened during what happened. should have been a solemn event. “
On Monday night, a letter from the academy’s chairman David Rubin and the academy’s CEO Dawn Hudson went out to the entire membership. The leadership shared its “outrage” regarding Smith’s actions and how it “overshadowed” the evening where films such as CODA and Dune went from there with the most prizes.
It will probably be one of the craziest moments in the academy’s 94-year history, it’s not the only “crazy” moment during a telecast. At the 1973 ceremony, Sacheen Littlefeather received the Oscar for Best Actor on behalf of Marlon Brando for The Godfather (1972) to talk about the abuse of Indians in the Hollywood industry.
This was on the heels of the conflict between law enforcement officials and Indians at Wounded Knee. After receiving a mix of applause and audible cheers from the audience, Littlefeather claimed in an interview with The Guardian 2021 that John Wayne had to be held by six security guards to prevent him from forcing her off the stage.
Two-time directorial winner Clint Eastwood took the stage afterwards to present the best picture and said grotesquely: “I do not know if I should award this prize on behalf of all the cowboys who have been shot in all of John Ford’s western films over the years.”
No action was taken against the two during the broadcast. However, the current Academy’s code of conduct was not in place. During a section of Vynsaid Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg, a board member, “We will not take that Oscar from him. It will have consequences, I’m sure, but I do not think that’s what they’re supposed to do.
Harvey Weinstein was expelled from the academy in October 2017 following the New York Times’ report on decades of sexual misconduct. Roman Polanski was convicted in 1978 of raping a 13-year-old girl before fleeing to France before being sentenced but won an Oscar for directing Pianists 2002. He was expelled in June 2019. He filed a lawsuit against the Academy before losing the bid in August 2020.