Slaps & Claps two things the Academy is trying to deal with, Action Against Smith

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Gunjan Handa

The Board of Governors conducted an emergency meeting just days after Hollywood star Will Smith struck comedian Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards telecast to examine the consequences for the best actor winner.

The Academy’s statement is harsh, outlining the rules of conduct and Smith’s transgressions of them including “inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behaviour, and compromising the integrity of the Academy”.

Smith, who won an Oscar for best actor for his role in “King Richard” not long after the slap, has been given 15 days’ notice of a vote on his infractions and fines, and has the option to respond in writing. The Academy’s next board meeting is set for April 18, at which time it may take disciplinary action.

The Academy has stated that they asked Will Smith to leave the Dolby Theatre, but Smith refused.

Rock, the other nominees who attended the ceremony, and the viewers at home and in person who witnessed the event all received formal apologies from the organisation.

The leadership expressed their “outrage” at Smith’s antics, claiming that they “overshadowed” the event, which saw films like “CODA” and “Dune” win the most accolades.

It’s likely to go down as one of the most bizarre moments in the Academy’s 94-year history, but it most definitely not the only “wild” moment during a telecast. 

Sacheen Littlefeather collected the best actor Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando for ‘The Godfather’ (1972) at the 1973 event to speak out against the mistreatment of Native Americans in Hollywood.

Clint Eastwood, a two-time director award winner, walked the stage thereafter to deliver the best picture award, and grotesquely remarked, “I don’t know if I should present this award on behalf of all the cowboys shot in all the John Ford Westerns over the years.”

The two did not face any repercussions for their actions. However, the reason for the same can be the absence of the Academy’s code of conduct in their time.

On the other hand, if we look at the more recent events the trend has changed.  Following a New York Times story detailing decades of sexual misconduct, Harvey Weinstein was expelled from the Academy in October 2017.

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