Breaking News: Will Smith will be banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Friday, because of the “harmful behavior” he displayed when he slapped the comedian Chris Rock. The Academy’s Board of Governors ultimately determined that
“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.”
Why is Will Smith banned from the Oscars? The short answer is that Will Smith slapped Chris Rock during the Oscars after Chris Rock cracked a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, during the Academy Awards.