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Hollywood backs away from Will Smith

By Duncan Mil

April 8, 2022 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences meets to discuss possible sanctions against best actor winner Will Smith for slapping presenter Chris Rock on Friday.

Hollywood is distancing itself from Will Smith following his onstage assault of Chris Rock at the Oscars ceremony. Streaming giants Netflix and Apple TV+ have backed out of bidding for Smith’s biopic, based on Smith’s best-selling autobiography, “Will,” released last year.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences meets to discuss possible sanctions against best actor winner Will Smith for slapping presenter Chris Rock on Friday.

Hollywood is distancing itself from Will Smith following his onstage assault of Chris Rock at the Oscars ceremony, with Netflix and Apple TV+ backing out of bidding for Smith’s biopic.

Netflix has also paused Smith’s upcoming film “Fast And Loose” while Sony put its Smith-linked action film “Bad Boys 4” on hold. Smith issued a statement last Friday (April 1, 2022).

“I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate.”

Following Smith’s resignation, the board of governors of the Academy has moved up its meeting to discuss possible sanctions against the best actor winner to April 8.

“It is in the best interest of all involved for this to be handled in a timely fashion,” Academy President David Rubin said in a letter to members.

Only three people, including Smith, have ever resigned as Academy members. Earlier in March, sound engineer Tom Fleischman and production sound mixer Peter Kurland quit. They cited this year’s decision to announce the technical awards before the ceremony.

Since the assault on March 27, many have wondered what punitive action the Academy will take. Possible measures could include making Smith ineligible for future awards or banning him from future ceremonies.

In its 94-year history, the Academy has expelled only five members: Carmine Caridi, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski, and cinematographer Adam Kimmel.

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PUBLISHED: 07/04/2022; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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