Academy Awards admits inadequate response to Will Smith slapping host Chris Rock during live Oscars telecast
The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has taken over full liability cabout last year’s Oscars fiasco, promising to be “completely transparent” in the future.
The Academy responsible for voting on motion pictures Academy Awards and the award ceremony hosted a lunch for the 2023 candidates.
Addressing the attendees, including Tom Cruise, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Janet Young, said, according to Variety: “You all remember that we experienced an unprecedented event at the Oscars. What happened on stage was completely unacceptable and the response from our organization was inadequate,” he said.
“We learned from that what the Academy should be fully transparent and responsible in her actions and especially in times of crisis she must act quickly, compassionately and decisively for us and for our industry” he stressed. “You should and can expect more from us in the future,” he noted.
During the live broadcast of the 2022 Academy Awards, Will Smith took the stage and slapped host Chris Rock in the face.
That night, Smith won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film ‘King Richard’.
Almost two weeks after the incident, the Academy called a meeting to discuss how it would handle the situation. Finally it was decided to forbidden to the actor to attend the Oscars and all Academy events for the next 10 years.
However, days before the meeting, Will Smith had already sent a letter of resignation to the Academy and his membership in the Academy Awards body.
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