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8 Celebrities Banned From the Oscars So Far: Will Smith, Richard Gere and More

The 95th Academy Awards are right around the corner but before that let’s take a look at the celebrities banned from the Oscars so far. While Will Smith and Chris Rock slap row is still a hot issue, and many wonder what will happen this year, we bring you all the people who have been expelled from the Academy on various grounds.

8 Celebrities Banned From the Oscars

Will Smith

At the Oscars last year, no matter if you watched the award ceremony or not, the news of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock must have made it to your feed. The reason for it was that Rock made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, which is due to a hair-loss condition called alopecia. While they were seen laughing at first but Smith suddenly walked up to the stage & slapped Rock.

Stunned Rock maintained his composure & presented the award he was going to announce. After the whole row, Smith was highly criticised by the public and the Academy also decided to ban him for a period of 10 years. The ban prohibits Smith from attending all Academy-related events, both virtual and in-person.

Richard Gere

At the 1993 Academy Awards ceremony, Richard Gere presented the Oscar for Art Direction and before getting onto the nominations, he took a minute to talk about something that he thought of before coming onto the stage. He first commented on how so many people are watching the ceremony and said, “I wonder if Deng Xiaoping is watching this right now with his children and his grandchildren and the knowledge that what a horrendous human rights situation there is in China. Not only towards their own people but towards Tibet as well.”

His speech for the people of Tibet and in support of Dalai Lama got him a ban for 20 years from the Oscars. However, the ban was over in 2013, and the actor has since presented awards as well. This ban by the Academy remains as one of the debatable ones & question if it was really necessary.

Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein is the second person to be expelled from the Academy, after multiple sexual harassment and rape allegations were filed against him. The Academy called his actions as – repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the academy and the creative community it represents.

Currently, he is serving a 23-year prison sentence, after being convicted on two charges of committing a criminal sexual act in the first-degree and third-degree rape in New York. Recently, on 23 February 2023, Weinstein was sentenced to additional 16 years in prison, which means he will be spending most of his time behind bars.

Adam Kimmel

Cinematographer Adam Kimmel was banned from the Academy in 2021 for his history as a sex offender. Although he was arrested in 2003 for having a sexual relationship with a minor & even pleaded guilty to rape in the third degree in February 2004 in New York City. His expulsion came after more than a decade.

As a punishment he was given 10 days of community service, 10 years of probation and 20 years on the sex offender registry. He was removed for violating their code of conduct by Academy but it was long due & should have been sooner.

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Carmine Caridi

The late actor who is known for his role in the film The Godfather, was banned in 2004 over copyright infringement. He was accused of illegally circulating VHS screeners of upcoming movies to his acquaintances which were found circulating on the internet. A copy of the film Something’s Gotta Give, was found on the Internet, as carrying markings identifying it as coming from a VHS screener copy sent to Caridi because he was an Oscar voter.

Similarly, unauthorized copies of The Last Samurai, Mystic River, Big Fish and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World were said to have been traced to Caridi. The actor was sued by Sony and Time Warner but was later cleared of wrongdoing. However, the Academy ban remained in place.

Still of Carmine Caridi

Bill Cosby

In 2018, Bill Cosby was accused and later convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting basketball player Andrea Constand. A month after the news, he was banned permanently from the Academy. They issued a statement in which it was written – The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.

Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski’s expulsion also came soon after Cosby’s when there was a public outrage to expel all the members of the Academy who have been found guilty of crimes. The director of Rosemary’s Baby had a long-standing criminal case from 1977, where he pleaded guilty of unlawful sex with a minor.

However, the action to ban came quite late despite his allegations being public for quite a while. He even won the Best Director award for The Pianist in 2003, as offenders are not banned from getting nominated or winning.

Sacha Baron Cohen

Although he wasn’t exactly banned but in 2012 the Academy refused him from attending or presenting any award if he came dressed as the character of his then upcoming film – The Dictator. They found it not appropriate to promote his political satire film which is loosely inspired from the novel Zabibah and the King, believed to be written by the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

However, the actor and comedian still showed up on the red carpet as the character & even dumped ashes jokingly belonging to Kim Jong Il all over Ryan Seacrest.

Oscars 2023 will be presented on 13 March 2023 at 5:30 am IST.

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