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Is Will Smith Attending 2023 Oscars?

Is Will Smith Attending 2023 Oscars?

You may be wondering if you’ll be seeing Will Smith at the 2023 Oscars this evening.

The 54-year-old actor won Best Actor at the 2022 Oscars for his work in King Richard. It is normally a tradition that an actor who won in 2022 to present the Best Actress award in 2023. However, Will Smith will not be in attendance tonight.

In fact, Will Smith will not be allowed back at any Academy Awards event until 2033.

Keep reading to find out more…

During the 2022 Oscars, Will Smith stormed the stage and slapped Chris Rock when Chris made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith‘s hair.

In the aftermath of the moment, Will resigned from the Academy. In addition, the Academy announced Will‘s official ban for the next 10 years.

Read Will Smith’s Full Statement:

Will said, “I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate.”

Read the Academy’s Full Statement:

The Academy said: The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.

During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented.

Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.

We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.

This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.

Several other celebrities are banned from the Oscars. Find out why.

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