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What Will Smith’s resignation from the Academy means for the actor

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When Will Smith slap Chris Rock at the Oscars on Sunday, after the comedian joked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, sent shockwaves through the industry. Then, shortly after, Smith came back on stage to I accept Oscar for “Best Actor”.

In the days following the incident, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Smith’s peers to have sentenced his actions. Black-smith apologized to Rock on Monday, while Rock said on a Wednesday night stand-up show in Boston that he was still being processed What happened.

Following his public apology, Smith announced his resignation from the Academy on Friday — and many wondered what the resignation would mean for the actor and his future.

What is the Academy – and why do people join?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in 1927, and the elite group began organizing the Oscars — which hands out Oscars — in 1929, according to the Academy’s website. It currently has 10,000 members who make up 17 branches of the film industry ranging from writers and actors to makeup artists and public relations.

Membership exams are held once a year in the spring, and those hoping to gain admission must be sponsored by two Academy members currently in the branch to which they wish to be admitted. However, Oscar nominees are automatically considered members and do not need sponsorship.

Academy members have access to many benefits, including the right to vote for those nominated to their branch and a vote for Best Picture. They also receive exclusive access to screenings of the nominated films.

What does the resignation mean for Smith?

When he resigned from the Academy, Smith forfeited the aforementioned benefits. His resignation, however, does not mean that he will lose his Oscar for his role in “King Richard”. He may also be nominated again in the future and be invited to the ceremony again, according to Variety.

But the Academy announced last week that it was reviewing the incident and would hold a disciplinary meeting for the actor on April 18. Smith could be punished if he is found guilty during the review, but it is not yet clear whether the Academy will go so far as to strip him of the “Best Actor” award he won.

Although several members have been expelled from the Academy in the past, including Harvey Weinstein, few have resigned. According to People, Peter Kurland, an Oscar-nominated sound mixer, and Tom Fleischman, an Oscar-winning recording mixer, quit last month after the Academy decided to stop airing their parts of the show.

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