The Academy weighs possible actions against Will Smith over Oscar’s slap

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Los Angeles —A group that handed out Oscars on Monday accused Will Smith of slapping presenter Chris Rock at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night, formal review of the case that cast a shadow over the film’s honor. Said that it started.

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Smith walked on stage during the live broadcast and hit Rock’s face after a comedian joked about Smith’s wife. In less than an hour, Smith won the Best Actor Award for his role in “King Richard.”

In a statement on Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has 9,900 members, “condemns Mr Smith’s actions at the show last night.”

“We will formally launch a formal review of this case and investigate further actions and consequences in accordance with the Articles of Incorporation, Code of Conduct and California law,” the Academy added.

The Group’s Code of Conduct states that it “resolutely opposes all forms of abuse, harassment and discrimination” and that its members “respect the supportive environment that fosters human dignity, inclusion and creativity”. I look forward to your support.

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Violations in accordance with the policy may result in suspension or removal from the group, cancellation of the Oscar, or disqualification of future awards.

Smith apologized to the Academy and fellow candidates when he accepted the best actor trophy, but did not apologize to Rock, and said he wanted to be invited back to Oscar. Told.

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It’s rare for a film academy to revoke membership, but it’s not unprecedented. Producer Harvey Weinstein was banished in 2017 after more than three dozen women accused him of sexually assaulting him. Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski were kicked out in 2018.

Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, but the judge later overturned the conviction. Polanski admitted to having illegal sex with a 13-year-old girl.

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The Oscar producer wanted Sunday’s memorable night to recover from a record low in last year’s COVID-19 pandemic. We invited three hosts to hold a show with Beyonce, edit some acceptance speeches and try to keep the show running. ..

But photos and videos bounced across social media, and the most talked-about night was the Smith explosion.

According to tentative estimates, TV viewership has skyrocketed since last year, averaging 15.36 million. This represents a 56% increase from 2021.

The comfortable movie “CODA” won the Best Film Award. The movie became a turning point in Hollywood because it was streamed by Apple TV + rather than just going to the theater.

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The New York Times quoted two anonymous industry insiders as saying there was a serious debate about removing Smith from the Dolby Theater after the attack on Rock.

However, the time was short as the Best Actor Award was imminent. One of the sources told the newspaper, and the people involved had different opinions on how to proceed.

Many Hollywood celebrities have blamed Smith for his actions.

“Smith would have a great apology to Chris Rock. There is no excuse for what he did,” filmmaker Rob Reiner said on Twitter.

Others supported Smith’s protection of his wife.

Comedian Tiffany Haddish told People magazine, “That’s what your husband is supposed to do, right? Protect you.”

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