Academy Launches Investigation Which May bring trouble to will smith now.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have issued an official statement on the slap incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock and say they’ll in’vestigate and “explore further action.”
Shadow and Act has received the statement from the Academy, in which it states that Smith’s actions are against Academy standards.
“The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night’s show. We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law,” stated the organization.
The Academy also outlined their bylaws and standards of conduct, writing in part:
“There is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that vi’ola’tes recognized standards of decency. The Board of Governors believes these standards are essential to the Academy’s mission and reflective of its values.”
The bylaws also explain how members should behave. To quote the bylaws:
Academy members should exhibit appropriate professional conduct in their interactions with all individuals whom they encounter in connection with their professional roles, including colleagues, production staff, and others in the film community. Unacceptable conduct includes but is not limited to:
If any member is found by the Academy to have vi’ola’ted these standards or to have compromised the integrity of the Academy by their actions—whether in a professional or non- professional setting—the Academy may take any disciplinary action permitted by the Academy’s Bylaws, up to and including su’sp’en’sion of membership or ex’p’ulsion from membership.
Other pu’ni’shments include “private reprimand, public reprimand, temporary or permanent loss of privileges to attend and participate in Academy events or activities, temporary or permanent loss of eligibility to receive or hold or revocation of Academy awards.
or honors, temporary or permanent loss of eligibility to hold Academy service and volunteer roles, or other sanctions that the Academy in its sole discretion may deem appropriate.”
The chances that Smith could have his Oscar re’voked or be ex’pell’ed from the Academy seems hard to believe, but with the Academy opening up an investigation, perhaps we will learn more about what happened between Smith and Rock.