It’s been a yr since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on the 2022 Oscars — and the banned actor’s award nonetheless doesn’t have his title on it.
Janet Yang, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, instructed The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast that Smith, 54, could also be prohibited from the present or any Academy occasions for 9 extra years, however he’s nonetheless welcome to get his nameplate engraved onto his Best Actor trophy.
“He earned the Oscar. He ought to have his title engraved on it,” Yang stated on the podcast, launched Saturday.
“I don’t know if he ought to personally come. But, yeah, we are able to prepare,” she added.
The Post has contacted representatives for Smith for remark.
Academy Award winners are handed a clean Oscar once they settle for their award.
They normally get the statue engraved on the Governor’s Ball occasion, which takes place proper after the ceremony, however Smith didn’t attend final yr’s occasion.
He did, nevertheless, sing alongside to his personal songs on the Vanity Fair afterparty together with his trophy in hand.
The “King Richard” star confirmed off his clean award in a TikTok video final month in response to a different consumer urging others to ask an inanimate object what it thinks of you — although he lower the clip earlier than making the question to the golden statue.
“The slap heard all over the world” was a well-liked punchline for 2023 Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday night time, explaining to the star-studded viewers how the present’s disaster staff would react ought to any extra humorous enterprise go down.
“So, we have now strict insurance policies in place, if anybody on this theater commits an act of violence at any level throughout the present, you can be awarded the Oscar for Best Actor and permitted to provide a 19-minute lengthy speech.” Kimmel joked.
“Seriously, the Academy has a disaster staff in place. If something unpredictable or violent occurs throughout the ceremony, simply do what you probably did final yr. Nothing,” Kimmel continued. “Sit there and do completely nothing — perhaps even give the assailant a hug.
“And if any of you get mad at a joke and resolve you wish to come up right here and get jiggy with it, it’s not gonna be simple,” he added.
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