The film academy on Friday barred Will Smith from attending the Oscars or any other academy event for 10 years after slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.
The move comes after a meeting of the academy board to discuss a response to Smith’s actions.
“The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many people in our community who did an incredible job last year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage,” she said. academy. in a statement.
Smith resigned cautiously from the academy last week in preparation for the meeting and said he would accept any punishment the academy would impose.
“I accept and respect the decision of the Academy,” Smith said in a statement.
The academy also apologized for handling the situation and for allowing Smith to stay and receive the Best Actor Award for King Richard.
“During our TV show, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For that, we are sorry,” the academy said. “This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, the spectators and the family of our Academy around the world, and we failed – unprepared for the unprecedented.”
Smith was asked to leave the ceremony, the academy says
In a statement in the days following the Oscars, the academy said it had asked Smith to leave the ceremony but refused.
But it is not clear how the message was delivered to Smith or in what form, and many media outlets reported that he was never officially told to leave the Dolby Theater.
The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that Oscar-winning producer Will Packer told Smith: “Officially, we do not want you to leave. We want you to stay.”
The ban means that Smith will not present one of next year’s major Oscars, as is the tradition for the Best Actor winner.
The academy in a statement on Friday also expressed “deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for keeping him calm under exceptional circumstances.”
The academy statement did not consider whether Smith could be nominated for an Oscar during his 10-year ban. Nor did he take any action to revoke Smith’s Oscar.
The academy has not recalled the Oscars from the expelled members Harvey Weinstein or Roman Polanski.