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Is Will Smith ‘Emancipation’ eligible for Oscars post Chris Rock slap?

Will Smith starrer 'Emancipation' will be released in December this year

By Web Desk
October 04, 2022

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Will Smith is back with his first major project  titled Emancipation - a movie already receiving praises from film critics - following headline making Oscar controversy.

However, the King Richard actor’s fans wonder whether he would be nominated for Academy Awards after he was banned from attending the ceremony post Chris Rock slapgate.

Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after he smacked Rock on stage for cracking a joke on his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

The actor was eventually banned from attending Oscars for ten years, however, it has now been claimed that he might receive a nomination in 2023 Oscars.

"Although Will Smith resigned from the Academy and has been banned from attending the Oscar ceremony for the next 10 years, he is still technically eligible to be nominated and even win another award," Entertainment Weekly Awards Correspondent Dave Karger told People Magazine.

Karger went on to add that "could feasibly be a nominee again" at the prestigious ceremony but “he wouldn't be able to accept the award in person if he were to win.”