Will Smith, who was dealing with doable expulsion or suspension by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, resigned from the group on Friday.
The transfer comes lower than per week after he slapped award presenter Chris Rock throughout the Oscars 2022 international broadcast on Sunday.
But does his abrupt resignation imply the Best Smacktor winner nonetheless might get slapped — even banned — by the Academy itself?
If so, he would be part of a small group of ex-members who beforehand got the official boot from the starry group.
“I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable,” Smith said in a statement. “The listing of these I’ve damage is lengthy and consists of Chris, his household, lots of my pricey mates and family members, all these in attendance, and international audiences at dwelling. I betrayed the belief of the Academy. I disadvantaged different nominees and winners of their alternative to have a good time and be celebrated for his or her extraordinary work. I’m heartbroken. I need to put the main focus again on those that deserve consideration for his or her achievements and permit the Academy to get again to the unbelievable work it does to help creativity and artistry in movie.
“So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate,” Smith continued. “Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”
Following Smith’s viral “Hitch” slap on the 2022 Oscars on Sunday, the Best Actor was dealing with doable everlasting expulsion from the Academy — whereupon he’d grow to be the sixth determine ever to be banned from the Academy Awards.
According to Hollywood Reporter columnist Scott Feinberg, his resignation means he no longer has an Oscars vote; nevertheless, he reportedly can attend future ceremonies — and maintain the Best Actor statue he nabbed at Sunday’s ceremony.
While there is no phrase but on whether or not the Academy will take additional motion, the “upset and outraged” group mentioned earlier this week that it had launched a “formal review” on the incident and would “make a determination on appropriate action for Mr. Smith” — a course of, the Academy mentioned, would take a “few weeks.”
And on Friday, Academy President David Rubin indicated that the group was nonetheless planning to proceed its investigation.
“We have received and accepted Mr. Will Smith’s immediate resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,” he instructed The Post in an announcement. “We will continue to move forward with our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, in advance of our next scheduled board meeting on April 18.”
Smth’s potential blacklisting got here to mild as Oscar viewers speculated on doable punishments for the notorious incident, which occurred when Smith, 53, smacked Rock, 57, for making a bald joke about his actress spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith, 50, who’s been open about her ongoing battle with alopecia.
Despite the violent act, the “King Richard” actor appeared to duck any type of penalty within the rapid aftermath. Contrary to claims by the Academy, Smith was reportedly by no means requested to vacate the ceremony, nor did they allegedly ask slap recipient Rock if he wished the “Fresh Prince” ejected.
Meanwhile, the Academy glossed over the assault in a Twitter assertion: “The Academy does not condone violence of any form,” they wrote. “Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.” Compound that with Rock refusing to press costs, and it appeared as if Smith’s punishment amounted to a Best Actor Oscar and a standing ovation from his friends.
However, now that the stardust has settled, the Academy introduced it has “initiated disciplinary proceedings” towards Smith for violating its code of conduct, the Los Angeles Times reported. Formed in late 2017 following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the rules forbid “abusive or threatening behavior,” presumably together with smacking the Oscars host over a joke.
They didn’t specify the thespian’s actual penalties. However, Smith might have confronted something from exclusion from occasions — which would cost him his 2023 Oscar nomination for his hotly tipped upcoming movie — to outright expulsion.
If Smith is certainly blacklisted by the Oscars, he’d be part of an exclusive fraternity of Oscar exiles:
The first particular person ever to get expelled by the Academy, “Godfather 2” actor Caridi was jettisoned in 2004 for disseminating copies of screeners yearly mailed to Academy members, the Telegraph reported. He fell into the FBI’s crosshairs after getting tied to numerous bootlegs, together with “Something’s Gotta Give,” “The Last Samurai,” “Mystic River,” “Big Fish” and “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”
For at the least three years, the mafia actor had reportedly given serial movie pirate Russell Sprague copies of as much as 60 flicks. Caridi was later granted immunity in alternate for the identify of his contact, who police later arrested.
However, the actor claimed he had a sound purpose for the crime: “How could a guy who was born on the Lower East Side of New York to immigrant parents and who became a successful actor not share these movies with my brother and sister?” Caridi mentioned throughout a 2005 Los Angeles Times report.
The actor died in 2019.
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was jettisoned from the academy in 2017 after over 80 girls accused the 70-year-old Tinseltown producer of sexual assault. The board mentioned it wished to each “separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues” and in addition “send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behaviour and workplace harassment in our industry is over,” Yahoo News reported.
While undeniably extreme, Weinstein’s defenestration maybe pales compared to his 23-year jail sentence.
The man who allegedly impressed the #MeToo motion, “America’s Dad” was banished from the Academy after he was convicted in 2018 for drugging and sexually assaulting former basketballer Andrea Constand.
Despite getting sentenced to as much as 10 years, Cosby, 84, has since been launched from jail — and even had his conviction overturned. However, his Academy ex-communication seems everlasting.
A former fixture on the Academy Awards, the “Pianist” director was blacklisted the identical 12 months as Cosby. It was reportedly delayed retribution for Polanski allegedly having illegal intercourse with a minor again in 1977 when he was 43. The Holocaust survivor later fled to France, the place he continued to make movies.
The Academy was impressed to behave towards the 88-year-old Academy Award-winner as a result of stress from the #MeToo motion spurred by Weinstein’s crimes.
The board said that it had voted to expel “director Roman Polanski from its membership in accordance with the organisation’s Standards of Conduct,” per Yahoo News.
“The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity,” they added.
Following his exile, Polanski filed a lawsuit towards the Academy, which he lost.
Much like Polanski, cinematographer Adam Kimmel managed to construct a profitable profession regardless of his alleged pedophilia. The 62-year-old digicam whiz labored on hits resembling “Beautiful Girls,” “Capote” and “Never Let Me Go,” all whereas being a registered intercourse offender. The cinematographer was arrested and charged in 2003 and once more in 2010 for sexual crimes towards underage women. After the primary arrest, Kimmel pleaded responsible to third-degree rape.
Despite his well-documented document, Kimmel wasn’t given the boot from the Academy until 2021.
While Will Smith in all probability wouldn’t obtain the identical Academy Award scarlet letter, different potential punishments embrace revocation of Smith’s newly earned Oscar. Although Whoopi Goldberg, who’s on the board, mentioned Tuesday on “The View” that they’re not going to “take that Oscar from him.”
A extra possible punishment may very well be suspension or being banned, which might be voted on throughout the deliberate April 18 assembly.
“There is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates recognized standards of decency,” states the group’s code of conduct.