Nearly a month after a chaotic Academy Awards ceremony wrapped up, the full speeches for this year’s broadcast were finally posted on the Oscars YouTube page last week. But there was a dramatic exception until 14:00 on Tuesday. The best actor speech for Will Smith’s performance in “King Richard” was conspicuously absent from previous uploads.
Variation He reached out to ABC and the Academy for comment on this story. Just before this story aired, the organization uploaded the final category of the evening, the best picture, then the Academy uploaded the video clip of Smith, which went to the “CODA” of Apple Original Films.
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Did it have anything to do with the slap heard around the world and Smith’s controversial, tearful speech later that night? All clips of the winners were released in the last seven days in order of presentation.
Anthony Hopkins later referred to Smith’s speech in his entry for the best actress award, but that part of his words also stayed on the cutting room floor as things loaded.
Faced with possible dismissal or suspension after slapping comedian and presenter Chris Rock during the Oscar broadcast, Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences five days after the event. As a result, the Board of Directors decided to ban Smith from all Academy events, including the Oscars, for 10 years. So what’s wrong with the decision not to include your words on the internet?
The 53-year-old actor and producer is not the first Academy winner or member to face backlash for his actions. Five people were expelled from the Academy, including infamous Hollywood producer and convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein, who won best picture for “Shakespeare in Love” in 1999, and sex criminal Roman Polanski, who won best director for “The Pianist.” . Fleeing the country in 1977 after being convicted of having sex with a minor in 1977, Polanski wasn’t there for the win. However, Weinstein, who won before the New York Times reveal and was subjected to decades of sexual harassment and rape and sentenced to 23 years in prison, attended the ceremony. It won, along with co-producers David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Edward Zwick and Marc Norman.
Some might argue that Smith’s controversial speech after his violent action against the Rock should have no place in the Academy’s online archives. However, Weinstein’s 1999 speech, uploaded in March 2008, is still featured in the four-minute, 27-second clip on the Academy’s YouTube page. It was exported in 2017.
It’s worth noting that the Academy’s Twitter account shared Smith’s full speech on the night of the March 27 broadcast, less than 20 minutes after the show ended.
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