Janet Yang, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has disclosed that Will Smith is welcome to have his name engraved on his Best Actor Oscar.
Speaking on the latest episode of the Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, Yang noted that Smith, 54, “earned the Oscar,” which he won last year for his performance in King Richard.
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Yang said despite the fallout after Smith slapped Chris Rock in the face during the 94th ceremony on stage, Smith “should have his name engraved on” the trophy.
She added that;
“I don’t know if he should personally come. But yeah, we can arrange”.
Recall that Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences while he bagged a ban from the event for ten years after he infamously struck Rock, 58, in the face onstage, after Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
At the 95th ceremony held on Sunday, 12th March, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Smith would traditionally have presented the award for Best Actress, as it is usually given out by the previous year’s Best Actor winner. But because of the drama in the previous year, Halle Berry who previously won Best Actress for her role in 2001’S Monster Ball took the stage alongside Jessica Chastain to present the trophy to Michelle Yeoh for her role in Everything Everywhere All at Once.
They made no mention of Smith or the controversy surrounding last year’s Oscars ceremony.