Academy Board to Investigate Will Smith Oscars Incident, and Determine “Appropriate Action”

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The Motion Picture Academy’s 51-member board of governors is meeting Wednesday in an emergency session to discuss the incident that occurred Sunday at the Oscars, when Will Smith walked on stage and slapped Chris Rock after he joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s appearance.

Although a number of board members will meet at the Academy’s Los Angeles headquarters, many are expected to attend via Zoom. Academy governors are Rita Wilson (actor), Laura Dern (actress), Whoopi Goldberg (director) and Steven Spielberg (director).

On Wednesday, Smith was denounced by the Academy in a written statement to its almost 10,000 members.

“Sunday’s telecast of the 94th Oscars was meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year. We are upset and outraged that those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior on stage by a nominee. To be clear, we condemn Mr. Smith’s actions that transpired Sunday night,”The letter stated.

A decision regarding the “appropriate action”Smith is expected take a “few weeks”Following an “official process” in accordance with the Academy’s standards of conduct and California law, the letter continued.

Will Smith, meanwhile, was seen driving around in a sportscar Wednesday. After a drone was observed hovering over his house, police were called.

Chris Rock was spotted in public for the first time since the incident in Boston, where he’s performing 12 sold-out shows at the Wilbur Theater over the next six nights. 

Demand for tickets for Rock’s tour since the Oscars has skyrocketed. They were being resold for $1,000, up from $46 last week.

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