Will Smith could be called upon to return his gong for best actor after his live on-stage attack on Chris Rock, industry insiders have told The Post.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presented the awards on Sunday at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, has strict guidelines in its code of conduct.
A senior Hollywood source told the Post after the incident, “It’s basically an assault. Everyone was so shocked in the room, it was so uncomfortable.”
“I don’t think Will would want to give his Oscar back, but who knows what will happen now.”
Smith was seen laughing and posing with photos after his win as industry bigwigs like Judd Apatow lashed out.
It was Knocked Up director Apatow was extremely critical of Smith in a since-deleted tweet: “He could have killed him. This is pure out of control anger and violence. You’ve heard a million jokes about her over the past three decades. You are not new to the world of Hollywood and comedy. He’s lost his mind.”
TV comic Fortune Feimster tweeted: “Someone from the audience rushed onto the stage during my opener set on Friday night and tried to throw the speaker, started hitting people who were trying to stop them and knocked down a security guard. These are scary times. So, no, I don’t find it amusing when someone gets hit on stage.”
The Post has reached out to the Academy for comment.
But their code of conduct, released back in 2017 after the sexual misconduct scandal that hit the industry, emphasizes the importance of “upholding the values of the academy” such as inclusion, fostering a supportive environment and “respecting human dignity.”
At the time, AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson wrote to members, “Academy membership is a privilege offered to only a select few within the global filmmaking community,” Variety reported.
“In addition to achieving excellence in the field of cinematic arts and science, members must also behave ethically by upholding the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity, inclusion and a supportive environment that fosters creativity. “
She added: “There is no place in the Academy for persons who abuse their status, power or influence in a way that violates accepted standards of decency. The Academy resolutely opposes any form of abuse, harassment or discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, age, religion or nationality. The Board of Governors believes these standards are essential to the Academy’s mission and reflect our values.”
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Legally, Smith could be on the safe side. Los Angeles Police Department told the Post in a statement that they were aware of the incident.
“LAPD investigative authorities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program,” a spokesman said. “In the incident, one person hit another. The person concerned declined to make a complaint to the police. If the party involved desires a police report at a later date, the LAPD is available to prepare an investigative report.”