The 2022 Oscars scandal took an unexpected turn. The Hollywood Reporter pick it up Will Smith has resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after attacking comedian Chris Rock in the middle of a gala. Thus, the actor anticipates the final opinion of the said organization, which planned to dismiss him definitively for having violated its rules of conduct.
“I have responded directly to the Academy’s Notice of Disciplinary Hearing and will accept all consequences for my conduct. My actions during the presentation of the Ninety-Fourth Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable. The list of people I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone in attendance and the global audience back home,” Will Smith said.
The actor also admits to betraying the trust of the Academy and ruining the celebration of those who were also nominated. “I am heartbroken. I want to refocus on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to resume the incredible work it does to support creativity and the art of filmmaking. Therefore , I resign my membership in the Academy.” film arts and sciences, and I will accept all other consequences as the Board deems appropriate,” he concludes.
Just on March 31, the Academy ruled on Will Smith’s assault, making it clear that he broke his rules of conduct at the gala. The organization has promised to study the file with all the seriousness it deserves. On the other hand, they urged Will Smith to provide an explanation of what happened within a period not exceeding 15 days. However, the actor was quick to respond with more than just precision.
The Academy exhibited Will Smith
However, the most shocking thing about the Academy’s post had nothing to do with the act’s disapproval or sanction warning. The organization assured that after Chris Rock’s slap, Will Smith was asked to leave the Dolby Theater, but the actor refused. “Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated. While we would like to clarify that Mr Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and declined, we also recognize that we could have handled the situation differently. “, they added. :
“Mr. Smith’s actions at the 94th Academy Awards were a deeply shocking and traumatic event to witness in person and on television. Mr. Rock, we apologize for what you experienced on our stage and thank you for your endurance at this time. We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what happened during what should have been a celebratory event.”
Without a doubt, this information ended up burying the reputation of the winner of the Oscar for “Best actor”. Now the fact that Will Smith resigned from the Academy it does not exempt you from all sanctions. As mentioned above, the agency is studying the file to reach a conclusion during the next council, which will be held on April 15. Among the possible sanctions was precisely the final expulsion.
At Los Angeles Times They mention that Will Smith could also be excluded from future events organized by the Academy, including future Oscar galas. Of course, this would prevent the actor from being nominated for having played a leading role in other film projects. Clearly, the harshest punishment of all, and the most talked about after his violent reaction, is that lose his oscar. Is there any chance of that happening? Yes, but the Academy will have the last word.