Will Smith Banned From Oscars For 10 Years

Posted April 8, 2022 by with 30 comments

Punishing Smith for what he did is fine, but at the same time, it’s like, what’s the point? He already resigned from the Academy, and he probably had no plans to attend the ceremony in the next few years anyway. Furthermore, does anyone really believe that the Oscars will still be on TV 10 years from now? Here’s the letter released by the Academy today, via Deadline:

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.

Thank you.

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