Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Says Will Smith Banned from Academy Events and Programs for 10 Years


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ruled that Will Smith will be banned from attending any Academy event or program, including future Oscars, for a period of 10 years.

The Academy’s Board of Governors made the decision on Friday, nearly two weeks after Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars.

“The 94th Academy Awards were meant to be a celebration of the many people in our community who did an incredible job last year. However, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and damaging behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage” , said the Academy. in a report. “…This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step towards a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring confidence in the Academy. We also hope that this can begin a period of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.”

The ban takes effect on April 8, 2022.

After the slap, Smith sat down and shouted obscenities at Rock from his seat. Later in the show, he took the stage to accept the Best Actor award. Since that night, Smith has issued a series of apologies and resigned from the Academy.

WATCH: Will Smith resigns from the Academy over Chris Rock’s slap. Here’s what that means

Prior to the Academy’s announcement, Hollywood insiders had speculated that Smith’s punishment could include a ban on future nominations.

“They could create a ban for him to be nominated, which would ostensibly have a ripple effect on his career because any Oscar movie or future Oscar movie probably wouldn’t think twice about it. …before launching it because it would throw a veil over the production,” IndieWire editor Dana Harris-Bridson said.

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