Will Smith can still get Oscar engraved but shouldn’t ‘personally come’: Academy president
It’s been a year Because Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars — and the award for banned actor still doesn’t have his name on it.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Janet Yang said The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast Kay Smith, 54, may be banned from the show or any Academy events for nine more years, but is still welcome to have his nameplate engraved on his best actor trophy.
“He won an Oscar. He should have his name engraved on it,” Yang said on a podcast released on Saturday.
“I don’t know if he should come personally or not. But, yes, we can manage,” he added.
The Post has contacted Smith’s representatives for comment.
Academy Award winners are given a blank Oscar when they accept their award.
They usually carve the statue at the governor’s ball party, which follows the ceremony, but Smith did not attend last year’s event.
However, he sang along to his own songs at the Vanity Fair after party with his trophy in hand.
The “King Richard” star showed off his empty award in a TikTok video last month in response to another user’s request to ask an inanimate object — though he cut the clip before asking the golden statue.
“The slap heard ’round the world” was a popular punchline for 2023 Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday night, explaining to a star-studded audience how the show’s crisis team would react if any more funny business went down. .
“So, we have strict policies, if anyone in this theater commits an act of violence at any time during the show, you will be awarded the Oscar for Best Actor and allowed to give a 19-minute long speech.” Kimmel joked.
“Seriously, the Academy has a crisis team. If anything untoward or violent happens during the ceremony, do what you did last year. Nothing,” Kimmel continued. “Sit there and do absolutely nothing – maybe even hug the attacker.
“And if one of you gets mad at the joke and decides you want to come in here and jiggy with it, it’s not going to be easy,” he added.