Stop the clocks: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has forbidden Actor Will Smith from the Oscars for 10 years, exactly one week later Schmidt has resigned from the academy alone. Certainly this news — which comes extremely late after Smith slapped Oscar host Chris Rock for mocking his wife and changes absolutely nothing — comes as a relief to all those for whom Smith’s continued presence at celebrity awards shows is a life , as they know it, would surely destroy .
“This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy,” the organization said in a statement to Variety. “We also hope this can begin a time of healing and recovery for all involved and affected.” Well, I think maybe it would, except the academy continues to invite and give awards to serial abusers of all kinds in Hollywood. Apparently the only line allowed is slapping during a live broadcast! Woody Allen, for example – who has been credibly accused of child sex abuse and literally married his stepdaughter – has been nominated for 21 Oscars and won three. Luckily for the academy, he just never attends the Oscars, so they don’t have to deal with him. AAnd let’s not forget when the 2018 Best Actor award went to Gary Oldman – who was it? charged with domestic violence– for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in darkest hour
The academy does not get any points for this finally cast out Director Roman Polanksi in 2018 – almost four decades after he was convicted of raping a teenage girl! And Casey Affleck won Best Actor after he was sued of two women and the resolution of those sexual harassment claims.
Look, it’s okay to start holding A-list stars accountable now, and I suppose that’s better than not holding them accountable at all. But making a big show weeks later, suspending Smith for punching someone on stage — only after a massive outcry on social media and his own resignation from the academy — just feels a little disingenuous. You either accept bad behavior or you don’t. Find out.
https://jezebel.com/academy-bans-will-smith-for-10-years-solving-all-of-wo-1848770689 The academy bans Will Smith for 10 years, solving all the world’s problems