Will Smith has chosen to resign from the Academy after starring in one of the biggest scandals in the history of the Oscars

The Oscar 2022 scandal has taken an unexpected turn. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Will Smith has resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after having assaulted comedian Chris Rock in the middle of the gala. Thus, the actor is ahead of the final ruling of that organization, which contemplated permanently remove him for violating its rules of conduct.

“I have responded directly to the Academy’s notice of disciplinary hearing and will accept any and all consequences of my conduct. My actions at the ninety-fourth Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful and inexcusable. The list of people I hurt is long, and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all the attendees and the global audience at home,” said Will Smith.

The actor also admits to having betrayed the Academy’s trust and to ruining the celebration of those who were also nominated. “I am heartbroken. I want to refocus on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to return to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. Therefore, I am resigning my membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any other consequences the board deems appropriate,” he concludes.

Just March 31, the Academy issued a statement on Will Smith’s assault, making it clear that he broke its bylaws on conduct during the gala. The organization pledged to study the case with all the seriousness it deserves. On the other hand, they urged Will Smith to provide explanations about what happened within 15 days. However, the actor did not take long to respond with more than a simple clarification.

However, the most shocking in the message of the Academy had nothing to do with the reprobation of the act nor the warning of sanction. The organization assured that, after the slap to Chris Rock, they asked Will Smith to leave the Dolby Theater, but the actor refused. “Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated. While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize that we could have handled the situation differently,” adding:

“Mr. Smith’s actions at the 94th Academy Awards were a traumatic and deeply shocking event to witness in person and on television. Mr. Rock, we offer apologies for what you experienced on our stage and thank you for your resilience at the time. We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what occurred during what should have been a celebratory event.”

Undoubtedly, this information ended up burying the reputation of the “Best Actor” Oscar winner. Now, the fact that Will Smith resigned from the Academy does not exempt him from all sanctions. As mentioned above, the body is studying the case to reach a conclusion at the next board meeting, which will be held next April 15. Among the possible sanctions was, precisely, to be permanently expelled.

The Los Angeles Times mentions that Will Smith could also be excluded from future events organized by the Academy, including future Oscar galas. Of course, this would prevent the actor from being nominated for having an outstanding participation in other film projects. Clearly, the most severe sanction of all, and the one that has been most talked about after his violent reaction, is that he loses his Oscar. Is there a chance of this happening? Yes, but the Academy will have the final say.


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