A slap in the face was heard around the world at the 2022 Oscars.
Will Smith took the stage and slammed Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
Smith then yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out of your friggin’ mouth,” while Rock looked nervous and told the shocked audience, “Will Smith just threw the shit out of me.”
Smith – who just minutes later won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance King Richard – now threatens a disciplinary procedure of the academy.
On Wednesday evening (March 30), the academy board of directors — which includes Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern — held an emergency meeting to discuss the incident.
Many have wondered what, if any, punitive action the academy will take against the actor, a longtime voting member. Never before has an actor had an Oscar revoked, but several stars have had their Academy membership revoked.
In his tearful acceptance speech, Smith apologized to the academy and his fellow candidates, saying, “I hope the academy invites me back.”
Whether Smith will be allowed to return remains to be seen. In the meantime, here are the five people who have been expelled from the Academy (aka their membership revoked) in its 94-year history…
The Godfather Part II Star Caridi was the first person ever to be kicked out of the academy. In 2004, he was expelled for making VCR copies of preview screeners and passing them around. The FBI investigated the actor for copies Something must give, The Last Samurai, Mystic River, Big Fish and Master and Commander: The other end of the world are said to have been traced back to Caridi.
Federal authorities alleged that Caridi gave his screener copies of up to 60 films to a man named Russell Sprague for at least three years. Caridi gave Sprague’s name to the FBI in exchange for immunity and was sued by Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros.
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Hollywood mogul Weinstein was deported in 2017, just a month after the bombing New York Times Report that brought to light allegations of sexual harassment against him.
The board said its decision was “not only to part ways with someone who does not deserve the respect of his peers,” but also “to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and harassment is beginning.” job in our industry begins is over”.
Weinstein’s brother Bob had urged the academy to expel him, calling the producer “sick and depraved” and adding, “I’ll write them a note that he should definitely be kicked out of the academy.”
Weinstein has denied all allegations of wrongdoing but is currently serving a 23-year sentence for his crimes.
The Cosby Show The actor – once known as “America’s Father” for his paternal role on the show – was expelled in 2018, a month after he was found guilty of sexual assault. He was on trial in 2004 for drugging and assaulting ex-basketball player Andrea Constand.
He was sentenced to up to 10 years but has since been released from prison and his 2018 sexual assault conviction has been overturned. He has long denied any allegations of wrongdoing.
Director Polanski was deported at the same time as Cosby, despite pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in the United States in 1977, and fled to France. The #MeToo movement that emerged after Weinstein’s crimes were exposed put pressure on the Academy to crack down on Polanski.
In retaliation, Polanski filed a lawsuit against the academy, which he lost. In a statement, the academy said its board “voted to expel actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from their membership in accordance with the organization’s standards of conduct.”
It added, “The Board continues to promote ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.”
Cinematographer Kimmel, who works on films such as Capote and Lars and the real girl was expelled in 2021 after reports surfaced of his history as a registered sex offender.
Kimmel was arrested in 2003 and 2010 and both times charged with sex crimes against underage girls. After the initial 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.
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