The award ceremony in the entertainment industry has always been a prestigious occasion. It is where celebs gather to celebrate the brilliant performances by actors and the hard work behind making films. Every celebrity, director, editor, and others who are behind a film wishes to win Oscars in their lifetime.

The Oscars Awards 2022: Everything You Need to Know About Hollywood's Biggest Night

The Academy Awards night is one of the most glamorous nights in the entertainment industry. It’s a night where people are rewarded for their hard work. There have been many controversial moments on these Academy Awards night. Last year, Will Smith became the highlight of the Oscars after he slapped comedian Chris Rock for making fun of his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s hair loss. But before Smith, there have been actors who have been banned from Oscar’s. Here is the list:

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Will Smith

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Oscars 2022 has to be a memorable one all thanks to Will Smith. The ceremony took a turn when Smith stormed off on stage and slapped comedian Chris Rock, who was making fun of his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s hair loss. The actress was diagnosed with alopecia in 2018. Will Smith took it as a personal attack on his family and hit the comedian. According to the reports by Express, the actor shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out your f*****g mouth.” Following the shocking incident, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a statement. It stated that Will Smith has been banned from attending the Oscars for the next ten years.

Richard Gere

Richard Gere
Richard Gere

Fans were in shock to learn famous actor like Richard Gere was handed a two-decade ban in 1993. He received a 20-year ban from the Academy Awards after he used his presenting position at the 1993 ceremony to criticize China’s rule of Tibet. The actor deviated from the script and criticized the horrendous human rights situation in the country, which led to an Academy ban. The ban was deemed over in 2013.

Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

The disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was barred from the Academy Awards and banned from the Oscars following #MeToo charges. The Oscars and the Academy blasted him for acting in a way that was “repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the academy and the creative community it represents.” Weinstein’s expulsion came in 2017. Soon after that he was convicted in court and is now serving a 23-year sentence in a Californian maximum-security prison.

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Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski

2018 saw the announcement of Roman Polanski‘s dismissal along with Bill Cosby’s. The Academy had just published a new code of conduct at the time and decided to expel Polanski due to claims of s*xual assault from 1977. The expulsion came more than 40 years after the incident. Hence, the director filed a lawsuit. In a lawsuit filed in April 2019, the film director urged the court to order the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to reinstate him as a member in good standing. One of the judges rejected his request.

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

On the same day as Polanski, actor and comedian Bill Cosby was expelled from the Academy. Cosby was dismissed from the Academy after being accused of assaulting a woman and breaking its conduct rules. The Academy issued a permanent ban, as stated in a formal statement, that stated the Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.

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