The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a statement condemning the actions of Best Actor winner Will Smith after the “King Richard” star stormed the stage and slapped Chris Rock at the ceremony. of the Oscars on Sunday.
“The Academy condemns Mr. Smith’s actions at last night’s ceremony,” the statement said. “We have initiated a formal review of the incident and will explore action and consequences under our statutes, code of conduct, and California law.”
“Academy management strongly considered removing Will Smith from last night’s broadcast following the incident. Discussions ensued immediately, but the Academy’s decision makers were seated in various parts of the Dolby Theater and could not be mobilized to make decisions.” a decision before he took home the Best Actor award,” the source said.
After the ceremony, the Academy tweeted a short statement about the incident on stage.
“The Academy does not condone violence of any kind. Tonight we are thrilled to celebrate the winners of the 94th Academy Awards, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and from movie lovers.” around the world,” the statement said.