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After Will Smith stormed the Oscars stage On Sunday night, slapping Chris Rock for a joke made about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s baldness, the Academy said a day later that an official review of the incident had been launched. Now, it looks like there is a full Board of Governors meeting.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the formal review includes a meeting of the Governor’s Council, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday. The outlet notes that after every Oscar, there is always a “ceremony postmortem”; however, it usually doesn’t happen that soon.
Here is an overview of the Board of Governors, its role and its impact on Smith:
‘UNLIKELY’ ACADEMY OF ‘ARMYING’ WILL SMITH slapping CHRIS ROCK AND STRIPING OSCAR, EXPERT BELIEVES
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: WHAT IS IT?
The Board of Trustees “directs the Academy’s strategic vision, safeguards the financial health of the organization, and ensures the fulfillment of its mission,” according to the Academy’s website.
Governors are elected and they attend six to eight meetings throughout the year and are also expected to participate in many Academy events.
There are also ten leadership positions, currently including Chairman David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson.
WHO IS SITTING ON IT?
There are 17 different branches of the Board of Directors – Actors Branch, Casting Directors Branch, Cinematographers Branch, Costumers Branch, Directors Branch, Documentaries Branch, Executives Branch , the Film Editors Branch, the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Branch, the Marketing and Relations Branch, the Music Branch, the Producers Branch, the Production Design Branch, the Short and Feature Film Nominations Branch footage, sound branch, visual effects branch, writers branch.
Each branch has three governors. Some notable names include Whoopi Goldberg, Laura Dern, Rita Wilson, David Rubin, Ava Duvernay, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Todd, and Eric Roth.
In addition to these members, there are three governors-at-large.
Governors-at-large are nominated by the president and elected by the council.
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“THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES”
Smith slapping Rock shortly before he won Best Actor at the 94th Academy Awards has many wondering what will happen next. Some have called for him to be stripped of his Oscar, which Smith won for best actor for his role in “King Richard” on Sunday night, but that seems unlikely.
Brand expert Eric Schiffer told Fox News Digital that the Academy’s decision to condemn Smith’s slapping was likely due to “public pressure.”
“The Academy is feeling the public pressure to take a stand and rebuke Smith’s lopsided act, but it’s unlikely to weaponize a violation of its own rules and stop Smith’s Oscar and win,” a- he declared.
Academy Governor Whoopi Goldberg shared the same sentiment on Monday’s episode of “The View.”
“We’re not going to take that Oscar away from him,” Goldberg said. “There will be consequences, I’m sure, but I don’t think that’s what they’re going to do, especially because Chris said, ‘Look, I’m not making any accusations.'”
Goldberg refers to the Los Angeles Police Department stating that Rock is not pressing charges.
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It’s unclear what the consequences might be, but the actor could be suspended or kicked out of the Academy and keep his Oscar. Both Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski retained their Oscars, despite being expelled from the Academy.
There are “standards of conduct” for the Academy, published in 2017, but they make no direct mention of violence.
On Monday, Smith took to Instagram to apologize to Rock, saying he was “wrong.”
Representatives for Smith, Pinkett Smith and Rock did not respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.