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In the rippling wake of Will Smith’s reaction to Chris Rock’s joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head at the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday, many are calling on the organization to strip Smith of his golden statue as long coveted.
The actor won Best Actor for his portrayal of Venus and Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams in ‘King Richard,’ and what was supposed to be a grand evening of celebration for his performance has since turned into a big cry for Smith. to have the honor rescinded as punishment for the slap, which was seen by millions around the world.
A number of stars in Hollywood have taken sides over their feelings about the incident, including comedian Jim Carrey, who said he was “sickened” by the moment”, and the co-host of the show’s Wanda Sykes, who told Ellen DeGeneres she was disappointed with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ decision to allow Smith to accept her award, calling the decision “rude.”
The Academy has since claimed to have asked Smith to leave, but he refused. They also said on Wednesday that they were the subject of “disciplinary proceedings”.
Podcast host and comedian Joe Rogan also slammed Smith for slapping Rock and questioned the Academy for letting him accept the award and give a lengthy speech.
“It sets a terrible precedent in a lot of ways,” Rogan said during Tuesday’s episode of his podcast, “Joe Rogan Experience.”
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“It sets a terrible precedent for comedy clubs. For example, are people going to decide to go on stage and punch a comedian now?
“It’s a rare case that someone as famous and successful as Will Smith literally allows him not only to win the Oscar, but also to come up and accept and give a speech after assaulting a little comedian on stage,” he added.
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However, in years past the Academy has gone out of its way to reclaim an Oscar nomination for breaches of its code of conduct, which it revised in 2017 amid the fallout from the #MeToo era.
In a letter to Academy members at the time, CEO Dawn Hudson wrote that “membership is a privilege offered to a select few within the global filmmaking community”. She added that “there is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a way that violates standards of decency”.
Here are some notable artists and directors whose Oscar recognitions have been denied, rescinded, and a few who still hold Oscars in their possession.
Disgraced director and former Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein, who was convicted of rape, is still in possession of his Best Picture Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love” in 1998. Plus, thanks to his company’s productions, Weinstein helped produce 81 Oscar wins.
Weinstein is already serving a 23-year sentence in New York for rape and sexual assaultfaces 11 counts California, including rape and sexual battery involving five incidents that allegedly took place between 2004 and 2013. If convicted, he faces up to 140 years behind bars.
The 88-year-old French-Polish “Chinatown” director, who pleaded guilty to statutory rape, has never returned to the United States since he fled the country in 1978 before his sentencing.
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The ‘Pianist’ filmmaker won the Best Director Oscar in 2003 but was not present to receive the trophy. He remains on the run from justice in Europe for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in the United States some 40 years ago.
Meanwhile, actor Mel Gibson – who has posted a history of anti-Semitic remarks – also still has his 1996 Best Picture and Best Director Oscars when he won top honors for ‘Braveheart’.
In December 2021, “ScandalActor Joshua Malina even said cancel culture doesn’t exist as long as the ‘Lethal Weapon’ singer can continue to have a career.
“If Gibson is back to helm the latest installment in this beloved franchise, perhaps it’s time to stop posting thought-provoking articles on the power of ‘cancel culture,'” Malina wrote in an editorial for L’Atlantique at the time. “Because if he can continue to find a lot of money and approval in Hollywood, the cancel culture just doesn’t exist.”
Gibson incidents include the actor 2006 police custody for alleged drunk driving leading to an anti-Semitic rant directed at the officer, who was Jewish.
Later, infamous voice messages in 2010, I heard Gibson use racist and misogynistic language directed at his then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and his “no competitionPleaded for domestic battery charges against her the following year.
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John Wayne’s 1953 film was nominated for Best Story (now Best Original Screenplay) only to have its recognition withdrawn after the film’s screenplay was found not to be original and was based on an already existing screenplay.
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At the 1973 Oscars, the ‘Godfather’ actor didn’t accept his Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Francis Ford Coppola’s mob film, opting instead to have Sacheen Littlefeather – who was president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee – accept the honor on behalf of Brando.
She said the actor could not accept the award because of “the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry and on television in film reruns.”
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Littlefeather was notified in real time while delivering her speech, but persisted through the loud boos that filled the room.
“I beg at this time not to intrude on this evening, and that in the future, our hearts and understandings will meet in love and generosity,” Littlefeather added, rejecting the Oscar for Brando.
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THE SOUND MIXER “13 HOURS” ACCUSED OF LOBBYING
In 2017, the film directed by Smith’s “Bad Boys” director Michael Bay and starring John Krasinski earned his only nomination for Best Direction in Sound Mixing.
However, just a day before the awards, Greg P. Russell, who was a member of the sound team, had his appointment revoked by the Academy’s Board of Governors after discovering he had lobbied telephone for votes.