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Will Smith banned from Oscars for 10 years

In the aftermath of his infamous and controversial assault on Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards recently, actor Will Smith has been banned from the Oscars for ten years. The decision was announced by the organisers of the Oscars- the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences on Friday.

The Academy’s Board of Governors had met during the day to discuss Will’s punishment for his actions on the award ceremony night. At the 2022 Oscars on March 27, Will had walked up to the stage and smacked Chris on the face after the comedian made a joke at Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s expense. Will went on to win the Oscar for Best Actor later that night.

Smith is also not permitted to attend any other events held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over the next decade.

The Board’s decision as set out in a letter from Academy chiefs did not revoke the best actor award Smith won last month for “King Richard,” nor did it mention any ban on future Oscar nominations.

“The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards,” wrote president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson.

Academy governors convened on Friday morning to discuss actions against Smith, with board members Steven Spielberg and Whoopi Goldberg among those invited to rule on the actor’s fate.

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(With inputs from agencies)

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