Will Smith Oscars slap: Did apology come too late to save prized best actor award?


Will Smith’s carefully scripted apology to Chris Rock over the slap that shocked the world may have come too late to save his Oscar dream, movie insiders said last night.

Almost a day had passed before Smith, 53, issued a stock ‘crisis management-style’ message saying sorry to Rock for striking him on live TV during the ceremony.

But the apology on social media yesterday failed to quell calls for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to strip the star of the best actor award he collected just 20 minutes after the assault – or even kick him out.

Crisis meetings, which began within minutes of the slap, continued across Los Angeles the following day as the industry tried to work out what to do.

The Oscars are supposed to be a shining symbol but Smith has ruined that,

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences sent a letter to members on Wednesday saying they were outraged that the “unacceptable” behavior of Smith had overshadowed the Oscars celebration and that they were considering the appropriate action, but it could take a few weeks.

“As outlined in our bylaws, the Academy’s Board of Governors will now make a determination on appropriate action for Mr Smith,” the letter signed by president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson read.

“As governed by California law regarding members of nonprofit organizations like the Academy, and set forth in our Standards of Conduct, this must follow an official process that will take a few weeks.”

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