This year, Will Smith won’t be at the Oscars. Last year, he slapped Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars.
The actor can’t go to any Academy event for the next 10 years because he walked on stage at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and played rock music while it was broadcast live. Rock got hit after joking about Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith’s wife.
Later in the show, Smith won the award for “King Richard,” where he played the father of Venus and Serena Williams. Usually, the Best Actor winner presents one of the major awards at the following year’s ceremony, but Smith won’t do that in 2023.
“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,” The Academy Said In A Statement Announcing Smith’s Ban In April 2022.
Will Smith, on the right, slaps Chris Rock onstage at the 94th Oscars on March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Smith replied, “I agree with and respect the academy’s choice.” He quit the academy before the announcement was made by the Board of Governors of the academy.
Smith could no longer vote for nominees and winners after he quit.
Smith could still keep the prize he won in 2022. Even though he can’t attend Academy events for the next ten years, he can still be nominated for and win awards. But if he won, he couldn’t pick up the prize in person.
The academy said this year would be the first time a crisis team will be on hand. This is to try to avoid more problems like the ones that happened last year.
The Associated Press helped this story.
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