The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during a meeting on Zoom to be held on April 8.
Will Smith ‘s fate after the now-famous slap in the face of Chris Rock during the live Oscar 2022 will be discussed by the board of directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during a meeting on Zoom to be held on April 8. The meeting, which comes after the opening of disciplinary proceedings against the actor, was supposed to be held on April 18, but was brought forward following Smith’s voluntary resignation from the Academy.
President David Rubin writes:
I’ve called a board meeting for this Friday morning […], to discuss possible sanctions for Will Smith in response to his actions during the Oscars broadcast on March 27th.
The date of April 18 was set in accordance with California law and our standards of conduct, because the agenda included the possible suspension or expulsion of Mr. Smith. We were obligated to provide Mr. Smith with 15 days’ notice prior to the board meeting where these actions could be taken, and also to provide him with the opportunity to deliver a written statement to the board no less than five days prior to the board meeting.
Following Mr. Smith’s resignation from the Academy on Friday, April 1, suspension or expulsion is no longer a possibility and legally prescribed timelines no longer apply.
It is in the best interests of all involved to deal with this in a timely manner.
It will be interesting to see what decision the Academy makes, given that, by resigning, Will Smith effectively anticipated their measures, making sure to avoid further public humiliation.