The Academy fast tracks meeting to discuss Will Smith sanctions after Oscars slap

Meeting has been moved up by 10 days to address the situation faster

Inga Parkel
Thursday 07 April 2022 06:15 BST
Will Smith slaps reporter

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday (6 April) that it will advance its annual meeting by 10 days in order to discuss possible sanctions for Will Smith after he slapped Chris Rock at last month’s Oscars.

In a letter written by AMPAS president David Rubin to the Board of Governors, he explained that the original meeting, which was scheduled for 18 April, will now take place on 8 April at 9am (PT).

“The April 18 date was set in accordance with California law and our Standards of Conduct because our agenda included possible suspension or expulsion of Mr. Smith from membership,” the letter reads.

It continued: “We were required to provide Mr Smith notice 15 days prior to the board meeting at which such action might be taken, and also give him the opportunity to provide the board a written statement no less than five days prior to that meeting.”

Five days after the slap, Smith sent an official resignation to the Academy, stripping him of his membership to the Oscars awards body.

Rubin accepted Smith’s resignation, but said: “We will continue to move forward with our disciplinary proceedings against Mr Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct.”

Smith has since apologised to Rock for his actions that occurred after Rock jokingly referred to Jada Pinkett Smith as “GI Jane”.

Find the full list of 2022 Oscar winners here. See the latest updates and reactions from the dramatic ceremony here, and read about the biggest talking points here.

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