The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched an official investigation after Will Smith attacked Chris Rock at Sunday’s Oscars. The organization behind the annual film awards initially said it anonymously denounced the violence but is now making its displeasure with the incident more explicit.
A spokesperson for the organization said, “The Academy condemns Mr. Smith’s actions at last night’s demonstration. We have initiated a formal investigation into the incident and will investigate further actions and consequences in accordance with our statutes, standards of conduct, and California law.” It looks like Smith could face some form of disciplinary action or sanction, although it is unlikely that he will lose his award.
The Academy states in its official standards of conduct, “It is categorically against any form of abuse.” Named best actor for playing Richard Williams, father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams in “King Richard,” Smith marred his big night with a burst of anger. After Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s short haircut, Smith took the stage and slapped Rock. He then shouted at The Rock, “Don’t mention my wife’s name.” Pinkett Smith said that hair loss is caused by alopecia disease.
Smith was named best actor later in the evening. He used his time on the podium to apologize to the Academy and other nominees but didn’t mention Rock. Smith, “Love makes you do crazy things.” said and added; “You have to be able to abuse it to do what we do. You have to be able to get people to talk crazy about you. You have to have people in this business disrespecting you and you have to smile at them, act like it’s okay.” said.