Following the slap incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock on the 2022 Oscars, Smith has been banned from the Oscars for 10 years. The ban follows two weeks of controversy after Smith slapped Rock on the Oscars following a joke about Smith’s spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith — after which received the Oscar for finest actor minutes later. So, if Smith is banned from the Oscars for a decade, does that imply the newly-minted Oscar winner will not be eligible for a nomination throughout that point?
Within the assertion issued by the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the Academy didn’t immediately tackle Smith’s eligibility for Oscar nominations through the interval of his ban. All that’s particularly outlined is that Smith is barred from attending the Oscars and different associated AMPAS occasions. In accordance with business specialists who spoke anonymously to The New York Occasions, the ban in all probability will not have an effect on Smith’s eligibility Oscar nominations — simply his capacity to take part in official AMPAS occasions if nominated. Since he has additionally voluntarily resigned from AMPAS, he may even not be capable of vote on the Oscars.
Probably the most fast results of the ban shall be seen as early as subsequent yr. Historically, one of the best actor winner from the earlier yr presents every year’s finest actress trophy (and vice versa); this yr, Anthony Hopkins, who received finest actor in 2021, offered Jessica Chastain together with her finest actress award. Underneath regular circumstances, Smith can be invited on stage at subsequent yr’s Oscars ceremony to current the following finest actress award, however below this ban, another person should current that award. Smith additionally stars within the upcoming Apple movie “Emancipation,” which has gotten some extraordinarily early potential awards buzz for subsequent yr. If “Emancipation” does earn Oscar nominations, Smith will be unable to attend the ceremony or some other pre-Oscar official occasions held by AMPAS, even when he’s nominated himself.
Whereas Smith’s Oscars ban probably is not going to formally have an effect on his eligibility, it might informally have an effect on his chance of getting nominated. As any Oscars watcher is aware of, “politicking” is an enormous a part of award season: getting voters to take discover of a challenge and assist it requires lots of skillful publicity work. Solely time will inform if people within the Academy will assist Smith’s initiatives primarily based on the work itself or whether or not Smith’s ban shall be factored into their choices over the following decade.