Following the incident, the Academy took to Twitter and said, “The Academy does not condone violence of any form. Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.” According to the NY Post, an insider gave insight on Smith’s award, saying, “It’s basically assault. Everyone was just so shocked in the room, it was so uncomfortable. I think Will would not want to give his Oscar back, but who knows what will happen now.”
AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson spoke on the matter, saying, “There is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power, or influence in a manner that violates recognized standards of decency. The Academy is categorically opposed to any form of abuse, harassment, or discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, age, religion, or nationality. The Board of Governors believes that these standards are essential to the Academy’s mission and reflective of our values.” Despite the Academy’s views on the matter, it was made clear Chris Rock declined to file a police report following the slap. Stay tuned for more updates.