Despite resigning his membership in the wake of his on-stage slapping of Chris Rock, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that King Richard Best Actor winner Will Smith has been banned from attending the Oscars for a ten-year period. Here’s the full statement from AMPAS President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson, via Variety:
The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.
During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented.
Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.
We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.
This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.
While the Academy’s decision draws a line under the matter, it remains to be seen just how much Smith’s career might be impacted. It’s already been reported that Sony has hit pause on Bad Boys 4, while Netflix has also shelved the Smith-led Fast & Loose following the pre-Oscars departure of director David Leitch.