The Oscar board will meet this Friday to discuss how to punish Will Smith for slapping Chris Rock at this year’s ceremony, days after the actor left the Academy and said he would “accept any further consequences.”
David Rubin, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told the board on Wednesday that he was postponing the meeting, originally scheduled for April 18, to this Friday at 9 a.m. PST.
“Following Mr. Smith’s resignation from the Academy on Friday, April 1, suspension or expulsion is no longer possible and the statutory schedule is no longer valid.
“It is in the interest of all participants to resolve this in a timely manner,” he wrote in a letter.
The council has several punishments it can impose. They may deprive Smith of the right to receive future awards or prohibit him from attending future ceremonies temporarily or permanently.
They could also strip 53-year-old Smith of the Academy Award for Best Actor, which he received less than an hour after the attack on stage – although the last time the commission canceled the award was more than 50 years ago.
The Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will meet this Friday to discuss how to punish Will Smith for attacking Chris Rock on stage at this year’s Oscars. Upstairs Smith dances at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles on March 27
Academy President David Rubin postponed the meeting, originally scheduled for April 18, to this Friday, citing Smith’s recent resignation from the Academy. Above Rubin at the 2022 Governor’s Award
Sadly known: Rock received a slap from Smith after joking about the baldness of his wife Jada during the presentation of the best documentary at the Oscars last Sunday
Rubin, the president of the Academy, said the meeting was originally scheduled only for April 18 to inform Smith enough that it is no longer required, according to Variety, which first published Rubin’s letter.
The virtual meeting will take place via Zoom.
The academy has canceled only one Oscar. In 1969, it was discovered that the documentary Young Americans, which became the best documentary of the year, was released in 1967.
Smith resigned from the Academy on Friday, calling his actions during the ceremony “shocking, painful and unforgivable” and adding that he would accept any punishment imposed on him by the council.
“The list of those I have offended is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone present and the global audience at home,” Smith said.
“I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of the opportunity to celebrate and be honored for their extraordinary work. I have a broken heart. “
Although the council can technically take away his statuette – given for his portrayal of tennis coach Richard Williams in “King of Richard”, there are few precedents for such a drastic move.
Speaking at The View the day after the March 27 ceremony, actress Whoopi Goldberg, who is the governor of the Academy’s acting department, defended Will’s actions, arguing that “sometimes you behave badly.”
Smith hit 57-year-old Rocco in front of the world live after the comedian joked about the hair loss in Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith caused by alopecia.
Pinkett-Smith supported her husband after he defended her by going on stage to smack Rocco
Whoopi said Monday in the show: “I think there were probably a lot of things.
“I think he overdid it … I think he had one of those moments when it was like [God damn] that, just stop. I understand that not everyone acts the way they would like to act under pressure. And he snapped …
“Sometimes you get to the point where you behave badly. I sometimes behaved badly. ”
Cooper presenter Sunny Hostin said she was “surprised”. [Will] was not taken out, ”and questioned whether it was possible to take away Smith’s Oscar.
Whoopi replied, “We’re not going to take away this Oscar from him.
“I’m sure there will be consequences, but I don’t think they will, especially because Chris said, ‘Listen, I’m not making any accusations.’
Apologies: Since then, Will has apologized in an Instagram message, saying he was “embarrassed” by his actions, which shocked the ceremony attendees, producers and spectators.
In an interview with Us Weekly, an unnamed insider said Pinkett-Smith wants her husband to never slap Rock.
“It was in the middle of the moment and it was his overreaction,” the source said. “He knows it, she knows it. They agree that he overdid it. “
They also argued that Pinkett Smith was “not a wall flower” and not “one of those women in need of protection.”
“He didn’t have to do what he did,” they added.
Rock, on the other hand, barely touched on the attack on his performances.
Appearing on Tuesday night at the New York Comedy Cellar, Rock said, “Lower your expectations, I’m not going to turn to this bullshit,” a source told Six.
Earlier in the day, he was spotted walking around the city. On Tuesday morning, the 57-year-old comedian walked with his hands in a bomber jacket.
Meanwhile, his 42-year-old younger brother Kenny told the Los Angeles Times that he had a hard time watching the now infamous moment involving his brother from last week’s Oscars. He said Smith should be stripped of the trophy for best male role.
Hard Times: Chris Rock was spotted gloomy on Tuesday on a solo walk in New York City after his brother toppled Will Smith and said the Academy should strip him of an Oscar
“It Eats Me”: Meanwhile, his 42-year-old younger brother Kenny told the Los Angeles Times that he had a hard time watching the now infamous moment involving his brother from last week’s Oscars.
Bond: Chris is seen with Kenny’s brother in an Instagram post
He said: “It eats me up when I watch it over and over again because you’ve seen an attack on a loved one and there’s nothing you can do about it.
“Every time I watch a video, it’s like a performance that keeps coming back to my head.”
Kenny continued to express his hostility to the actions of the actor from list A.
He said, “My brother didn’t threaten him and you just didn’t respect him at the time.
“You just humiliated him in front of millions of people watching the show.”