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Will Smith is officially no longer a member of the Academy.
Instead of letting the Academy’s board of trustees decide the actor’s fate, Smith went ahead and quit.
The ‘King Richard’ star received backlash after he slapped Chris Rock onstage at the 94th Academy Awards after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head.
What shall we do now?
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The resignation of Will Smith
Smith announced his resignation in a statement through his representative.
“I have responded directly to the Academy’s Notice of Disciplinary Hearing and will fully accept all consequences of my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable. The list of Those I’ve Hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all who attended, and a global audience at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy,” said Smith in his statement.
The Academy has accepted Smith’s resignation and has decided to pursue disciplinary proceedings against him, David Rubin, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told Fox News Digital in a statement.
“We have received and accepted Mr. Will Smith’s immediate resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We will continue to advance our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for breaching the Academy’s standards of conduct, prior to our next board meeting scheduled for April 18,” Rubin said.
What does the disciplinary process look like for the Academy?
The Academy initiated disciplinary proceedings against Smith days after he slapped Rock onstage.
The Academy elected to continue the disciplinary process despite Smith’s resignation.
Smith was given 15 days to provide a written response to the Academy and further disciplinary decisions will be made at the next Board of Governors meeting on April 18.
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Will Smith be able to keep his Oscar?
There’s still a chance that Smith will be stripped of his Oscar, although that seems unlikely. Smith won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in ‘King Richard’.
He can keep the Oscar even if he is not a member of the Academy.
Both Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski retained their Oscars, despite being expelled from the Academy.
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What happens next?
Smith’s resignation from the Academy doesn’t mean the actor won’t be invited to attend Oscar ceremonies in the future. Decisions regarding Smith’s future status could be made at the April 18 board meeting.
Smith could also become a member of the Academy again, but it would be up to the Board of Governors to make that decision when the time comes. Smith has not been a voting member of the Academy since his resignation.
Future nominations for Smith are also at the “sole discretion” of the Academy.