American actor and producer, Will Smith is in the epicenter of a controversy that erupted after he slapped fellow actor Chris Rock on the stage of Oscars 2022.
Will Smith, who holds the numerous US and international box office records lost his cool when Chris cracked a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald look.
Will Smith won the Best Actor Award at the 94th Academy Awards held yesterday on 27th March 2022 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
After the altercation, there are several reports recommending that he will land himself in a legal problem. Some social media users were also of the opinion that Smith might even lose his Oscar as The Academy has a strict code of conduct policy.
What will happen to Will Smith Oscar Award after he slapped Chris Rock?
Some industry insiders opine that Will Smith may be asked to return his Best Actor award following his live onstage altercation with Chris Rock.
Have you also been curious to know what would happen with Will Smith’s Oscar?
Well, if yes, read on as we will cover everything you need to know about the Oscars code of conduct and what is the probability of the actor losing his Oscar.
What is The Academy’s code of conduct?
After the sexual misconduct scandal that involved the who’s who of the film fraternity in 2017, The Academy’s conduct code was released whose primary focus was to give importance to “upholding the Academy’s values”, like inclusion, fostering supportive environments, and “respect for human dignity”.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) CEO Dawn Hudson wrote back then, “In addition to achieving excellence in the field of motion picture arts and sciences, members must also behave ethically by upholding the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity, inclusion, and a supportive environment that fosters creativity. There is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates recognized standards of decency.”
Academy just sent a note to members saying its board approved the attached code of conduct. Allegations of noncompliance will be handled through a process that will not be unveiled/determined until next year. Process will “guide” Academy on whether allegations “warrant action” pic.twitter.com/3zxrJvfwC6
— Brooks Barnes (@brooksbarnesNYT) December 7, 2017
She added, “The Academy is categorically opposed to any form of abuse, harassment or discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, age, religion, or nationality. The Board of Governors believes that these standards are essential to the Academy’s mission and reflective of our values”
However, there is no official statement yet from AMPAS at the time of writing this article about the next plan of action after this incident.
Will the actor lose his oscar?
The Academy released its official statement on Twitter saying, “The Academy does not condone violence of any form. Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world (sic).”
The Academy does not condone violence of any form.
Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 28, 2022
Many Twitter users pointed out that the Academy has strict guidelines against cases like these. Given the fact that this was “basically assault”, the majority of the users are under the belief that Will Smith might be asked to hand over his award.
According to one highly placed Hollywood source, “It’s basically assault. Everyone was just so shocked in the room, it was so uncomfortable. I think Will would not want to give his Oscar back, but who knows what will happen now.”
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) informed that they are aware of the incident and as of now Chris Rock is not willing to file a complaint against Will Smith.
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