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Will Smith Fallout

On Friday, April 8, the Motion Picture banned actor Will Smith from the for ten years. The 54-person Board of Governors held the meeting via Zoom, and although the actor resigned his membership and apologized, profusely, the board still enacted a more severe punishment.

In the history of the Academy, only five people have been banned. In 2004, actor Carmine Caridi (The Godfather II, III) became the first person to be barred after giving screeners to a friend who then made pirated copies of movies.  Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, and Roman Polanski (The Pianist) were expelled because of sexual abuse charges. And, in 2021, cinematographer Adam Kimmel (Beautiful Girls) lost his membership because he didn’t disclose that he was a registered sex offender.

A lot has happened since the world watched Will Smith slap Chris Rock at the Oscars over a joke he made about Smith’s wife. It has been such a traumatic time that the Fresh Prince is reportedly going to check himself into rehab for stress. “This is unquestionably the battle of his career,” a Hollywood insider told The Sun. “It will be a high-end retreat used by the rich and

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