After Will Smith-Chris Rock incident, Academy units board of governors assembly: What’s it and what can occur?


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After Will Smith stormed the Oscars’ stage Sunday evening, slapping Chris Rock over a joke made about his spouse Jada Pinkett Smith’s balding head, the Academy acknowledged sooner or later later {that a} formal evaluate of the incident had been launched. Now, it seems there is a full board of governors assembly.

In keeping with The Hollywood Reporter, the formal evaluate features a assembly of the governor’s board, which is to happen on Wednesday. The outlet notes that following every Academy Awards, there’s at all times a “postmortem of the ceremony;” nonetheless, it would not normally occur so quickly.

Here is a take a look at the board of governors, what its position is and the way it can have an effect on Smith:

Will Smith, right, hits presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars.

Will Smith, proper, hits presenter Chris Rock on stage whereas presenting the award for finest documentary function on the Oscars.
(AP Picture/Chris Pizzello)


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The Board of Governors “directs the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission,” in accordance with the Academy’s web site.

The governors are elected, and so they attend six to eight conferences all year long and are anticipated to look at quite a few Academy occasions as properly.

There are additionally ten officer positions, which presently embody President David Rubin and CEO Daybreak Hudson.


There are 17 totally different branches of the board of governors — the actors department, casting administrators department, cinematographers department, costume designers department, administrators department, documentary department, executives department, movie editors department, make-up artists and hairstylists department, advertising and relationship department, music department, producers department, manufacturing design department, quick movies and have nominations department, sound department, visible results department, writers department.

Every department has three governors. Some notable names embody Whoopi Goldberg, Laura Dern, Rita Wilson, David Rubin, Ava Duvernay, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Todd and Eric Roth.

On high of these members, there are three governors-at-large.

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The governors-at-large are nominated by the president and elected by the board.

Will Smith apologized to the Academy during his acceptance speech for best actor. He later apologized to Rock via social media.

Will Smith apologized to the Academy throughout his acceptance speech for finest actor. He later apologized to Rock through social media.
(Foto AP/Chris Pizzello)


Smith slapping Rock shortly earlier than profitable finest actor on the 94th Academy Awards have many questioning what occurs subsequent. Some have referred to as for him to be stripped of his Oscar, which Smith received for finest actor for his position in “King Richard” Sunday night, however that appears unlikely.

Model professional Eric Schiffer advised Each day Put up Digital that the Academy’s resolution to sentence Smith’s slap was seemingly as a result of “public pressure.”

“The Academy feels public pressure to take a stand and admonish Smith’s unhinged act but is unlikely to weaponize a violation of their own rules and arrest Smith’s Oscar and win,” he stated.

Academy governor Whoopi Goldberg shared the identical sentiment on Monday’s episode of “The View.”

Academy governor Whoopi Goldberg has said they won't strip Will Smith of the Oscar he won Sunday night.

Academy governor Whoopi Goldberg has stated they will not strip Will Smith of the Oscar he received Sunday evening.

“We’re not going to take that Oscar from him,” Goldberg stated. “There will be consequences I’m sure, but I don’t think that’s what they’re going to do, particularly because Chris said, ‘Listen, I’m not pressing any charges.'”

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Goldberg is referring to the Los Angeles Police Division stating that Rock is not urgent fees.

It is unclear what the results may very well be, however the actor may very well be suspended or expelled from the Academy and nonetheless hold his Oscar. Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski each stored their Oscars, regardless of being expelled from the Academy.

There are “Standards of Conduct” for the Academy, launched in 2017, however they make no direct point out of violence.

On Monday, Smith took to Instagram to apologize to Rock, stating he was “wrong.” 

Representatives for Smith, Pinkett Smith and Rock haven’t responded to Each day Put up Digital’s requests for remark.


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