Could the Academy Make Will Smith Give His Best Actor Trophy Back?

Will Smith accepts his Oscar Credit: ABC
It would be hypocritical of the organization, but they could still do it

The Academy has never taken back awards. But after last night's Oscars ceremony, during which Best Actor winner Will Smith slapped presenter Chris Rock, many are wondering if there will be repercussions.

Especially after the Academy sent this cryptic tweet last night. 

There have been no other official statements from AMPAS yet, but the New York Post hypothesized that Smith could be asked to return his Oscar because of the Academy's code of conduct.

The conduct code was released in 2017 in the wake of the #MeToo sexual misconduct scandal that hit Hollywood. You can read about the code of ethics here.

In part, it reads:

“In addition to achieving excellence in the field of motion picture arts and sciences, members must also behave ethically by upholding the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity, inclusion, and a supportive environment that fosters creativity. The Academy asks that members embrace their responsibility to affirm these principles and act when these principles are violated.“

There's nothing slap-specific, but you could certainly read it that way. As I said in the opener, this would be unprecedented. And I don't really think they would want to stir anything up or create more controversy, so this all could be swept under the rug.

Chris Rock has declined to press charges, the LAPD said in a statement

"LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program. The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved has declined to file a police report. If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report." 

We'll keep you updated as the aftermath unfolds. Check out the full list of Oscar winners if you haven't already    

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This was 100% staged. The general demeanour, the camera shots, the classic Hollywood punch - he knew it was coming and threw his head back to emphasise the drama. The Oscars wanted some publicity, and it seems to have worked perfectly.

March 28, 2022 at 9:14AM, Edited March 28, 9:14AM

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Christobella
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Keep drinking the cool-aid pal.

March 30, 2022 at 7:39PM

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devtank
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"The Academy does not condone violence of any form." - Really? What about the verbal violence casually meted out to an unwell and otherwise defenceless woman by 'some guy' looking to score shoddy laughs? - That score is now settled, now jog on!

March 28, 2022 at 3:23PM, Edited March 28, 3:23PM

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Matt Quinn
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Either his Oscar is void or the general public -all ages-, get the message that is right and dutiful to punch anyone how makes a light joke on your wife or girlfriend.Your wife or girlfriend need do nothing.

March 29, 2022 at 1:46AM, Edited March 29, 2:04AM

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Javier Diez
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i hope will happen the opposite, Academy should isolate the real problem : a comedian that abuse of a phisical problem of a woman to try to reach some laught.
Too much people focus on Will's act, but forget the bad action of Chris Rock, it's time to give a position against this bulling action.

March 30, 2022 at 7:29AM, Edited March 30, 7:29AM

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Carlo Macchiavello
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It was a toxic male dick move, and Chris Rock was beyond professional about it.
I can tell you, if that happened anywhere else in the world, Will Smith would have been removed & taken out the back way.
Some other famous actor told him not to lose his shit when he reaches the top, he did both. Begs questions about the warning..

I dont do violence, as a victim of it myself, any shred of it and we are done. In that vein, I say rescind the Oscar. WS should never be allowed to set foot in a studio again. Other actors have been filleted for less.

March 30, 2022 at 7:37PM, Edited March 30, 7:37PM

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devtank
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