At the 2022 Oscars ceremony, there was a slap that was heard around the world.
Will Smith took the stage and slapped Chris Rock, after the comedian To make a joke on his wife’s shaved head, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Black-smith then shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth”, while rock looking flustered, told the shocked audience, “Will Smith just gave me a good slap in the face.”
Black-smith, who won the Oscar for best actor a few minutes after for his performance in king richardnow faces the prospect of disciplinary action from the Academy.
On Wednesday evening (March 30), the Academy’s Board of Directors, which includes Whoopi GoldbergSteven Spielberg and Laura Dern held an emergency meeting to discuss the incident.
Many wonder what punitive action, if any, the Academy will take against the actor, a longtime voting member. No actor has been stripped of their Oscar before, but several stars have had their Academy memberships revoked.
In his emotional acceptance speech, Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees, saying, “I hope the Academy will invite me back.”
Whether Smith will be allowed to return remains to be seen. In the meantime, here are the five people who have been kicked out of the Academy (meaning revoked from membership) in its 94-year history…
the star of The Godfather Part IICaridi was the first person expelled from the Academy. In 2004, he was kicked out for producing VCR copies of previews and sharing them. the FBI investigated the actor after it was said that copies of Something Gotta Give, The Last Samurai, Mystic River, Big Fish and Master and Commander: The Other Side of the World they returned to Caridi.
Federal authorities alleged that for at least three years, Caridi gave a man named Russell Sprague his screening copies of as many as 60 films. Caridi gave Sprague’s name to the FBI in exchange for immunity and was sued by Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros.
Hollywood mogul, Weinstein was deported in 2017, just a month after the explosive report of the New York Times which shed light on the sexual harassment charges against him.
The board said its decision was “not simply to separate us from someone who does not deserve the respect of his colleagues”, but also “to send the message that the era of willful ignorance and the shameful complicity in predatory sexual behavior and abuse is over.” Workplace bullying in our industry.
Weinstein’s brother Bob urged the Academy to expel him, calling the producer “sick and depraved”, adding, “I’m going to send them a note saying he should definitely be expelled from the Academy.”
Weinstein has denied all allegations of wrongdoing, but is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for his crimes.
the actor of The Cosby Show, known at one point as “America’s Dad” for his fatherhood role on the show, was deported in 2018, a month after being convicted of sexual assault. He was tried for drugging and assaulting former basketball player Andrea Constand in 2004.
He received a maximum sentence of 10 years, but was later released from prison and had his sexual assault conviction overturned in 2018. He has long denied any accusations of wrongdoing.
Director Polanski was ousted along with Cosby, even though he pleaded guilty to having illegal sex with a minor in 1977 in the United States and fled to France. Movement #Me too that emerged after Weinstein’s crimes came to light pressured the Academy to take action against Polanski.
In retaliation, Polanski filed and lost a lawsuit against the Academy. In a statement, the Academy said its Board of Trustees “voted to expel actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its membership in accordance with the organization’s standards of conduct.”
He added: “The board continues to foster ethical standards that hold members to the Academy’s values of respecting human dignity.”
Cinematographer Kimmel, who has worked on films like Coat and Lars and the real girl, he was deported in 2021, after reports surfaced of his background as a registered sex offender.
Kimmel was arrested in 2003 and 2010 and charged both times with sex crimes against underage girls. After the first arrest, Kimmel pleaded guilty to third-degree rape. After the second, he was convicted of a class D felony for failing to register as a sex offender.