This Friday, we learned that Will Smith had been banned from participating in the Oscars for 10 years. The Academy made this decision after the sad affair of the slap in the face of Chris Rock. But who are the other banned personalities?
After almost two weeks of dithering and controversy, the Academy of Oscars delivered its verdict on April 8 in the Will Smith case.
The day after he slapped Chris Rock during the ceremony on March 27, the actor apologized and resigned from the Academy.
The board of directors finally made its decision after the disciplinary procedure opened against the artist. The latter received a 10-year ban from participating in the Oscars ceremony. However, he retains the right to be nominated for a role.
After this sad affair, a question arises: who are the other personalities who have been banned from the Academy?
Died in 2019 at the age of 85, Carmine Caridi is best known for having played two small roles in The Godfather 2 and The Godfather 3 (Carmine Rosato in one and Albert Volpe in the other). He is the very first personality to have been expelled from the Academy of the Oscars in 2004. The comedian was circulating confidential copies of films which ended up on the Internet.
In 2017, he defended himself in the columns of The Hollywood Reporter “I was serving a guy and he fucked me. Who would have thought he would put them on the internet?” he said. To avoid jail, Caridi turned in his accomplice, Russell Sprague, and was able to avoid a conviction. He will however be expelled manu militari from the Academy of Oscars.
Famed producer Harvey Weinstein, who used to campaign hard to get his movies represented at the Oscars, was kicked out in 2017.
After the resounding scandal linked to his accusations of sexual assault and rape, Weinstein was banned. The Academy condemned these crimes and implemented a new code of conduct, stating that the Oscars did not tolerate “people who abuse their status, power or influence.”
Bill Cosby was one of America’s most popular actors. He fell heavily from his pedestal in 2018. Considered the ideal father by America thanks to the success of the Cosby Show, the actor actually hid a personality of a sexual predator.
He was sentenced to 3 years in prison in September 2018 for drugging and raping Andrea Constand, a young woman he had invited to his home in 2004. The Academy expelled him a month later. Bill Cosby’s sentencing was the first of the #MeToo era. It is considered a major victory in the fight against sexual violence against women. Cosby was released from prison in June 2021.
Roman Polanski, Oscar for best director in 2003 for The Pianist, was never worried by the Academy before 2018, despite his setbacks with justice and his accusation of rape in the USA. Under the new code of conduct adopted by the Oscars after the Weinstein affair, the director was expelled from the Academy at the same time as Bill Cosby.
At the time, the filmmaker made his dissatisfaction known, arguing that the directors should have given him “reasonable notice” before any exclusion order, and “a reasonable chance to be heard.”
Director of photography on Truman Capote or A bride like no other with Ryan Gosling, Adam Kimmel was fired from the Academy of Oscars in 2021.
The leaders discovered that the technician was hiding a heavy past as a sex offender. He was arrested twice for assaulting minors. He was therefore logically expelled.