Will Smith quits the motion picture academy after Chris Rock’s slap at Oscars

Will Smith has resigned from the motion picture academy after he was accused of stealing his footage. Oscars Night slap of Chris Rock and said he would accept any further punishment the organization imposed.

Smith said Friday afternoon in a statement that he will continue to support the initiative. “fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable.”

Film academy president David Rubin said Smith’s resignation was accepted. “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.”

Smith’s resignation results in Smith losing voting privileges. But there are other, less tangible benefits to being part of the academy, Hollywood’s most prestigious organization: It bestows industry credibility on its members. It’s invitation only, and with a once-a-year membership review.

“I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work,” Smith’s statement said. “I am heartbroken. I want to focus attention on the people who have achieved great things and allow the Academy’s incredible support for creativity and art in film to be the center of my thoughts.

“Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason,”Smith concluded the statement.

The resignation came two days after the academy’s leadership board met to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Smith for violations against the group’s standards of conduct. The proceedings could have ended in suspension or expulsion. However, it was not immediately known what punishment he would face.

Smith would have joined a small number of men who had been expelled by the academy: Harvey Weinstein (Roman Polanski), Bill Cosby and Carmine Caridi. Caridi was kicked off for sharing screeners from awards.

Sunday Smith moved from his Dolby Theatre front row seat to the stage, and then he smacked Rock, who had made a joke at the expense of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. He won the best actor award for his performance in “The Last Stand” moments later. “King Richard.”

Rock, who was about present Oscar for best documentary, declined to answer police questions. Rock has only briefly spoken out about the incident publicly, saying that at One comedy show in Boston this Week that he was still “kind of processing what happened.”

Smith stunned Rock, the theatre crowd, and viewers at home when Smith took the stage after Rock had joked: “Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it.”

Pinkett Smith has spoken out publicly about her. hair loss condition, alopecia, had a shaved-down head similar to Demi Moor’s in the original movie.

After Smith’s attack, he returned to his seat and angrily twice shouted at Rock to “get my wife’s name out your (expletive) mouth.”Smith took to the podium less than an hour later in order to accept his Oscar. However, he was tearful for the academy and omitted Rock from the apology.

The The immediate and intense fallout from the disaster was devastating. Smith had supporters for coming to his wife’s defense, but he was widely condemned for responding with violence and for marring both his long-sought Oscar victory and overshadowing the night’s other winners.

Ahmir was also included in this. “Questlove”Thompson, the director of the award-winning documentary “Summer of Soul,” and the film’s producers. They claimed their awards in the unsettled moments following Smith’s attack and outburst, when the room’s attention was shattered.

The ceremony was a reset from previous pandemic-constrained ceremonies. It was back in its home theater, boasted a trio of well-received female hosts — Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes — and had tallied several breakthrough winners.

They included “West Side Story”Star Ariana DeBose was the first Afro-Latina or openly LGBTQ actor to win the category for best supporting actress. “CODA,”The supporting actor prize was won by the first deaf male actor. The evening ended with “CODA”Being named best picture was a milestone achievement for both a streaming service as well as a film featuring a deaf cast.

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