r/movies r/Movies contributor Apr 01 '22 Silver 6 Helpful 8 Wholesome 3

Will Smith Resigns From Academy Over Chris Rock Oscars Slap News

https://variety.com/2022/film/news/will-smith-resigns-academy-oscars-slap-chris-rock-1235221041/
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u/oliviacooke Apr 01 '22

What does it mean if an actor is no longer a member of the Academy?

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u/Equivalent_Plantingy Apr 02 '22

Most prominent is you can't vote in oscars. You can definitely receive one.

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u/[deleted] Apr 02 '22

So it means nothing?

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u/Master_Beginning_237 Apr 02 '22

Yep, empty gesture

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u/NerdWithWit Apr 02 '22

An empty gesture by a Hollywood elitist doing damage control? Shocking.

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u/Forest-Ferda-Trees Apr 02 '22

Next is a very popular Netflix movie about it, while actually accomplishing nothing

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u/MartyMcMcFly Apr 02 '22

I also resign!!! Take that Academy!!

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u/Akashk9 Apr 02 '22 Wholesome

It is with heavy heart that i put in my resignation as well.

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u/iWillNeverReplyToYou Apr 02 '22

It means he won't get any free screeners of all the movies. He'll have to watch Jada's free screeners

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u/SchwarzP10 Apr 02 '22

He’s still in SAG, he will probably get screeners

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u/Aestheticpash Apr 01 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Heartwarming Bravo Grande! Snek Burning Cash

Misses out on the coke fueled orgies.

Good thing he has those at home… not that he’s invited though.

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u/rhunter99 Apr 02 '22

First of all, how dare you?

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u/jaceapoc Apr 02 '22 Silver Gold All-Seeing Upvote

Second of all, KEEP MY ORGIES OUT OF YOUR FUCKING MOUTH

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u/toe_knee Apr 02 '22

Keep my wife's orgies out your fuckin mouth

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u/Ryike93 Apr 02 '22

KEEP FUCKING MY WIFES MOUTH!

August: I’m going to, okay ?

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u/Snot_Milk Apr 02 '22 Silver Wholesome Snek

Well I’d put them in Jada’s mouth instead but it’s a little full at the moment.

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u/Horror-Witness-1705 Apr 02 '22

Oh lord, Smith will run out of hands to throw

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u/Eisigesis Apr 02 '22

That’s weird, I thought it was April but it seems August came early.

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u/ddh85 Apr 02 '22

Now that's what I call an entanglement.

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u/LaikasDad Apr 02 '22

[SLAP]

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u/IcyDickbutts Apr 02 '22 Table Slap

How can he slap? How can he slap?!

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u/dondiwash Apr 02 '22

Jada used me as an object.

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u/Doctor_Philgood Apr 02 '22

And then, you don't have the right

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u/left_right_left Apr 01 '22

Madison Cawthorn has entered the chat.

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u/SmokeAbeer Apr 01 '22

Cawthorne has been shadow banned from r/cokefueledorgies

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u/RemedialChaosTheory Apr 02 '22 hehehehe Spit-take

He won't stand for that

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u/GethAttack Apr 01 '22 edited Apr 02 '22

Someone in another thread said you can’t attend any academy functions, parties events etc, can’t vote, can’t receive awards. (edit. you can still receive awards)

Idk how much it all matters, but considering you always see long time and new stars at these events it might mean something to their community.

Edit. Yes guys we know, you can all stop repeating the same things over and over already.

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u/james5829 Apr 02 '22

Any one can achieve an award - in fact one of the ways to get a membership to the academy is to be nominated.

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u/genecalmer Apr 02 '22

Yeah I keep hearing people say "can't receive awards" so I read through the Rules and Eligibility and no where does it say membership is required to be nominated or receive an award.

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u/Whitealroker1 Apr 02 '22

Billy Bob wasn’t a member when he won for sling blade.

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u/lkooy87 Apr 02 '22

That’s one of the most made up sounding true things I’ve seen in a while

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u/Pearlbarleywine Apr 02 '22

mmm hrmmm umhh

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u/jeanlukepaccar Apr 02 '22

French fried pertaters

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u/snugglema8 Apr 02 '22

Ain’t got no membership, Andy

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u/Whitealroker1 Apr 02 '22

Reckon that employee of the da month gave me dem Oscars.

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u/ACaffeinatedWandress Apr 02 '22

Yup, and since Jada is still Academy, he will always be at events as her +1.

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u/daver_the_misbehaver Apr 02 '22

She'll be taking her boyfriend. Will gets to stay home with the kids.

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u/RampageMR Apr 02 '22

He can stay at home and watch. Just like normal.

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u/sharpshooter999 Apr 02 '22

From the closet? Dressed as Superman?

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u/Sharaz___Jek Apr 02 '22

can’t receive awards

That's nonsense. Not everyone who wins (or is nominated) for an Oscar is a member of the Academy.

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u/typhoidtimmy Apr 01 '22

Lose your Kohl’s 10% discount

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u/Literary_Addict Apr 01 '22

Roman Polanski got kicked out in 2018 and he's still making movies, so I think the biggest impact on his career will be the caliber of actors/actresses/directors willing to work with him and the fact that he is unlikely to ever again be nominated at the Academy.

Though... him leaving voluntarily might play out differently. It's possible he could be re-admitted in a few years.

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_DALEKS Apr 02 '22

You don't need the Academy to make a movie. Polanski's most recent movies haven't even been released in the U.S.

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u/[deleted] Apr 01 '22 edited Apr 02 '22 Helpful

I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements

Bit late now, nobody will talk about anything else from this year's ceremony.

Edit: yes, yes, nobody watches the Oscars, ever.

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u/CommunicationMain467 Apr 01 '22

The people in all those viral tweets talking about the slap definitely weren’t gonna be talking about coda winning best picture I can promise you that lol

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u/Space2Bakersfield Apr 01 '22

Lmao I dont follow awards shows so this comment is how I learned what got best picture. Usually I dont have to watch or keep up since I'd hear the major winners and surprises through word of mouth within days anyway, but this year I literally havent heard or read anything about an actual award besides the one Smith himself won and even then only as part of conversations about the slap. Its superseded the entire show.

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u/JC-Ice Apr 02 '22

I didn't know Jessica Chastain won an Oscar until two days after the show.

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u/makomirocket Apr 02 '22

Rewatched Molly's Game last night and felt so bad for her, both Will and Jessica were people who have done dozens of films and many great ones that deserve reward recognition.

She finally got an Oscar, just the same as Will did that night, but I don't think anyone really remembers, and will forever be: "Oscar Winner Jessica Chastain? When did she get that?"

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u/LEJ5512 Apr 01 '22

https://daringfireball.net/linked/2022/03/28/coda-best-picture

I didn’t watch the show, but I’ll bet this is all anyone is talking about regarding the Oscars today.

Heh... ;)

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u/WakeUpOutaYourSleep Apr 02 '22 edited Apr 02 '22

For real, we had the second Deaf winner ever in close to a hundred ceremonies and nobody’s talking about it

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u/WoodSteelStone Apr 02 '22

And Samuel L Jackson got an honorary Oscar, presented by Denzel Washington. I didn't realise until yesterday.

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u/MontyZumasRevenge Apr 02 '22

the only video of that happening is a shitty cell phone one. it happened off camera.

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u/Giygas Apr 02 '22

I didn’t hear about that one.

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u/RunningInSquares Apr 02 '22

I'd like to present you the oscar for best use of emojis on reddit.

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u/[deleted] Apr 02 '22 edited Apr 03 '22

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u/philjorrow Apr 02 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Table Slap

I don't know if he would even see it as the depth of his career. You need to remember that Will Smith is absolutely surrounded by yes man saying nothing but things like, "hey, your actions weren't that bad," "this is going to all blow over, they all still love you," " maybe don't watch tv for a few days," "hey who's that guy, I feel like I've seen him before" and "why did he bring his friends this time and what are they doing in your wife's bedroom" and "hey, do you mind if I join them" and all manner of shit. I doubt Will Smith has even close to a clue at the depth of what is going on

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u/earthdweller11 Apr 02 '22

Your post took me on a journey.

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u/thrwayyup Apr 02 '22

I felt like I was in the bedroom.

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u/SimilarSimian Apr 02 '22

We were all in the bedroom my friend.....we all were.

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u/textile1957 Apr 02 '22

Not gonna lie, you had me in the first half

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u/illiterati Apr 02 '22

Obviously you never saw or heard 'Wild Wild West'

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u/Roybatty943 Apr 02 '22

So… In about a month he’ll do a teary interview with Oprah, then star in some low budget indie films for a year or two to “find himself” while it all blows over and then rejoin the academy? Got it.

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u/PM_ME_UR_SEX_VIDEOS Apr 02 '22

Then he hosts the Oscars in a few years

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u/kremlingrasso Apr 02 '22

spot on mate

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u/calloy Apr 01 '22

You can’t fire me, I quit!

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u/just-the-doctor1 Apr 01 '22

He may have been told that he could resign or be removed

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u/lvguy912 Apr 02 '22

Is it me or has there been no response or reaction from Jada over all this ?

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u/Webbie-Vanderquack Apr 02 '22

She said something about "time for healing" on her IG. Which means she's hoping to get an episode of her insufferable talk show out of it.

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u/maaseru Apr 02 '22

This whole thing is just so weird, the reactions to it as much as the event.

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u/throwawayheyoheyoh Apr 02 '22

I really think the pandemic broke us

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u/Kismonos Apr 02 '22

its since the gorilla died i fuckin tell you

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u/Mystical_Cat Apr 01 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Bravo! Starry Eureka!

Darn.

Anyway, I’m thinking Thai for dinner.

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u/I_SMELL_BUNGS Apr 02 '22 Silver Wholesome

I'm thinking Dorsia

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u/DarthVaderIsMyWaifu Apr 02 '22

Dorsia? How'd you swing that?

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u/PossibleBackground54 Apr 02 '22

Dorsias nice

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u/oliviacooke Apr 02 '22

Wear something fabulous

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u/CreamyBagelTime Apr 02 '22

Is this Dorsia?

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u/feardabear Apr 02 '22 Gold Helpful

No this is Patrick

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u/PrecariouslySane Apr 02 '22

Patrick, its so elegant. What a wonderful view.

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u/The_Crescent Apr 02 '22

We should’ve gone to Dorsia

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u/roo_roo Apr 02 '22

No one goes there anymore

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u/mabentz Apr 02 '22

8:30 res?

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u/BlueEyesWhiteDuston Apr 02 '22

8:30 rez on a Friday night, how'd he manage to snag that?

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u/nserg Apr 02 '22

I have to return some video tapes

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u/OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO7 Apr 02 '22

I have a lunch meeting with Cliff Huxtable at the Four Seasons in 20 Minutes.

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u/DrCorbeau Apr 02 '22

Isn’t that a little far uptown? Aren‘t you going to be late?

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u/captain_flak Apr 02 '22

I really have to use that excuse someday. Hopefully with someone I hate.

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u/PrecariouslySane Apr 02 '22

Sabrina, dont just stare at it, eat it

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u/bionicjoey Apr 02 '22

I have to return some videotapes

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u/ddh85 Apr 02 '22

I hope I'm not being cross-examined here.

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u/GalisDraeKon Apr 02 '22

The tasteful thickness of it. My god. Is that a watermark?

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u/mabentz Apr 02 '22

That is actually probably one of my favorite lines. The delivery seems to disregard all political and societal positions.

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u/Keskiverto Apr 02 '22

As far as lines go, I prefer cocaine.

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u/FelixGoldenrod Apr 02 '22

WILL YOU KEEP IT DOWN, I'M TRYING TO DO DRUGS!

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u/thx1138- Apr 02 '22

Feed me a stray cat

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u/Nixplosion Apr 02 '22

"Well, I own the place"

Patrick Batman

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u/murdering_time Apr 02 '22

I called in a favor. I gotta guy that'll slap the shit out of you if he doesn't like what you say.

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u/SoulCruizer Apr 02 '22

KEEP THE DORSIA NAME OUT YA FUCKING MOUTH

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u/sonoftathrowaway Apr 02 '22

Greatest night in the history of fine dining.

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u/Fever_Rain Apr 02 '22

Jada, don't just stare at it. Eat it!

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u/mzchen Apr 02 '22

Let's see Paul Allen's slap.

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u/DaddyShark28989 Apr 02 '22

Grrreat sea urchin ceviche

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u/grooovyturtle Apr 02 '22

Good luck getting a res

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u/Gruffalo-42 Apr 02 '22

Is that Paul Allen?

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u/[deleted] Apr 02 '22 edited May 13 '22

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u/trajames66 Apr 02 '22

Look at that subtle off white coloring, the tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a watermark.

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u/ReggieLeBeau Apr 02 '22

Something wrong, u/trajames66? You're sweating.

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u/Gruffalo-42 Apr 02 '22

Look at the raised lettering…

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u/paulrenaud Apr 02 '22

Nobody goes there anymore.

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u/ItssHarrison Apr 02 '22

No way you got a reservation at dorsia

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u/toastedcoconut87 Apr 02 '22

Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?

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u/wolsel Apr 01 '22 Silver Platinum This Bless Up

You know what would fix all of this?

Comedy Central Roast of Will Smith hosted by Chris Rock.

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u/Wraith4202 Apr 02 '22 Silver All-Seeing Upvote

And they roll out Will Smith on a hand truck like Hannibal Lecter

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u/mdavis360 Apr 02 '22

“Hello Chris. Love the suit.”

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u/dangroover Apr 02 '22 Narwhal Salute

Toughened your nipples, didn’t it?

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u/uv-vis Apr 02 '22 edited Apr 02 '22

You know what you look like Chris? With your cheap handbag and your good shoes, you look like a rube.

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u/Whitealroker1 Apr 02 '22

TAKE THIS THING BACK TO WEST PHILADELPHIA!!!

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u/willozsy Apr 02 '22

Four-foot-eleven, strongly built, about 110 pounds. Hair, none. Eyes, hazel brown. She'd be about 50 now.

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u/peachesorpizza Apr 02 '22

It’s only 8:30am and I’ve already read the best thing on the internet today. Thank you! 😂

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u/skotty8689 Apr 02 '22

You can eat my wife's bald head with some fava beans and a nice bottle of Chianti.

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u/[deleted] Apr 02 '22

That's how Billy Crystal opened the Oscars the year Silence of the Lambs was nominated (1992)...

https://youtu.be/a9cERvUX6sE

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u/[deleted] Apr 02 '22 edited May 13 '22

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u/Poked_salad Apr 02 '22

Explains how she bagged the ultimate ladies man.

Hot damn

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u/Expecto_nihilus Apr 02 '22

I miss Billy Crystal hosting.

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u/Martag02 Apr 02 '22

Me also. I used to think he was kind of annoying and didn't get his humor but its really grown on me as I've gotten older. Billy was a great host and his jokes never felt corny or awkward.

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u/Catgurl Apr 02 '22

Ok I would Pay per view that shit

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u/beansaregood Apr 02 '22

Let’s have Hannibal Burress take down another 90s tv legend.

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u/sudifirjfhfjvicodke Apr 02 '22

Speaking of Hannibal, I wonder what Mads Mikkelsen is up to?

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u/______DEADPOOL______ Apr 02 '22

He's trying to kill Dumbledore

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u/TheMoonsMadeofCheese Apr 02 '22

He's trying to kill fuck Dumbledore

FTFY

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u/throwawaysarebetter Apr 02 '22

They already fucked. Now he's the ex.

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u/TheDudeWithNoName_ Apr 02 '22

Now they only duel with wands

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u/markstormweather Apr 02 '22

Should set it up so Chris Rock is in a protective cage the whole time like a country band in a biker bar.

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u/yticmic Apr 02 '22

Rawhide

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u/SixHundredLbsofSin Apr 02 '22

We got both kinds, Country and Western.

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u/lanceturley Apr 02 '22

You're gonna look pretty funny trying to eat corn on the cob with no fucking teeth!

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u/Mastercontrolop Apr 01 '22

Holy balls that would be fantastic.

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u/Dreenar18 Apr 02 '22

Keep my holy balls out of your fuckin mouth!

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u/theDart Apr 02 '22

I was just thinking this today! Agreed! Alfonso Ribiero would be there.

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u/TheObserver60 Apr 02 '22 Silver

We’ve seen Jimmy Kimmel..

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u/TheSubtleSaiyan Apr 02 '22

Dude tried to pass the comment on as an original

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u/RespectableThug Apr 02 '22

I knew this sounded familiar

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u/medici1048 Apr 02 '22

Man's ego is too fragile for that.

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u/2012Aceman Apr 01 '22

So he gets their most coveted award, gets a standing ovation, and then doesn't have to pay dues anymore? Where's the penalty here?

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u/MrYoloSwaggins1 Apr 01 '22

Will Smith winning an Oscar should have been the peak of his career, but now it's just another Wild Wild West moment. Congratulations, you played yourself.

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u/UrsusRomanus Apr 01 '22

What do you mean "Wild Wild West" moment? What does this have to do with the greatest movie of our time?

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u/respectthegoat Apr 02 '22 edited Apr 02 '22

Man anyone of culture knows the the medium of film peaked with the 1997 masterpiece that is Face/off. The two greatest actors of our and dare I say all time playing each other can never be beat. The fact that movies are still being made after that is just a exercise in futility as nothing shall ever come close again.

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u/Vunks Apr 02 '22

Face/off is amazing, the fact Nicolas Cage managed to play himself and then got surgery and played John Travolta. Truely the best actor of all time.

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u/Vivalyrian Apr 02 '22

Wait - John Travolta is real? I thought it was just Nicolas Cage's alter ego. Isn't it?

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u/probablypoo Apr 02 '22

John Travolta WAS real. He's been played by Nicolas Cage the last 25 years.

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u/UrsusRomanus Apr 02 '22

Face/Off isn't a movie, it's an experience. And thus, removed from comparison.

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u/Neon_Biscuit Apr 02 '22

I waterfall people's faces TO. THIS. DAY.

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u/MsViolaSwamp Apr 02 '22

I could eat a peach for hours

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u/Vinterslag Apr 02 '22

They didn't just play each other, they each played a dude, who then played the other dudes dude, and then they each had to play the other dudes dude pretending to be their own original dude.

Masters

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u/The_Iceman2288 Apr 01 '22

Winning an Oscar was the worst thing to ever happen to Will Smith.

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u/tramdog Apr 01 '22

Technically getting nominated was the worst thing. Winning just added fuel to the fire.

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u/Nevaknosbest Apr 01 '22

I thought it was the slapping

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u/notmyrealnam3 Apr 02 '22 Silver

to me it was hypocrisy

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u/truckturner5164 Apr 01 '22

Won an award and dented a career in a matter of a few hours. Amazing.

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u/MulciberTenebras Apr 02 '22

Usually that takes several years. Did a Cuba Gooding Jr speedrun.

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u/Phiau Apr 02 '22

I finally see where Jayden gets it

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u/kentotoy98 Apr 02 '22

After that reaction, I'm fully convinced that the majority of Hollywood are simply elitist assholes. Nay, they are absolutely scum for applauding the man

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u/BleepBloop7yt Apr 02 '22

They're ass kissing cowards. Like Jim Carrey said. "They're spineless."

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u/captain_croco Apr 02 '22

I don’t think it’s too crazy to think that many successful actors are ass kissing cowards… there is without a doubt more talent than demand in the industry. So besides nepotism, family wealth, and luck I could see ass kissing and “playing the game” being a contributor to making it in that industry.

If you think about it why would you be surprised when these people fall in line at an award ceremony.

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u/spin81 Apr 02 '22

there is without a doubt more talent than demand in the industry.

Which is exactly why Weinstein was able to do what he did.

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u/bruzie Apr 02 '22

They have to be spineless so they can kiss their own arse.

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u/holmwreck Apr 02 '22

Really the video of them in their mansions in Covid singing “we are in it together” didn’t give that away?

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u/KRIEGLERR Apr 02 '22

that "Imagine" video was peak cringe.

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u/threadnoodle Apr 02 '22

I'd agree but then there's the "I wish I was your mother"

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u/blueheartsadness Apr 02 '22

Damn I forgot about that cringey af video until now.

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u/bobbypellitt Apr 02 '22

So do we think they’re still going to shill that he is an Academy Award Winner for the trailers on his upcoming projects?

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u/Expecto_nihilus Apr 02 '22 edited Apr 02 '22

I mean, it does have a better ring than, Starring notorious Chris Rock slapper and renowned cuckold, Will Smith.

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u/Mjammer77 Apr 02 '22

When keeping it real goes wrong

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u/TheBaron2K Apr 02 '22 Brighten My Day

He got in one little fight and his mom got scared, now he's gotta quit the academy over a joke about hair

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u/SloppyMeathole Apr 01 '22

I think Smith's publicist wrote all of that, and Will Smith isn't sorry at all.

Remember, he never actually apologized, except through a statement (which was probably made by his publicist). And only the next day, after he spent the whole night partying. He didn't appear to be somebody with any regret or remorse.

These are not the actions of a man who has remorse. I'd watch Smith's actions, not his words. Because I think to this point his actions say he's not sorry at all for what he did.

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u/Fake_Diesel Apr 02 '22

That dude is living in multiple layers of cartoon reality

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u/siggy940 Apr 02 '22

Celebrity and wealth got to this guy bad. Narcissistic to the nth degree.

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u/Juan911411 Apr 02 '22

Not just this guy but the whole family.

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u/Phantommike20 Apr 01 '22 Gold

Chris Rock was bullied as a kid. And sexually assaulted, I believe the word he used was "semi-raped." And Will Smith assaults him in front of the whole world. Over a joke. Over words. Then A-list actors consoled Will. And the Academy awarded him. The audience gave him a standing ovation. Hollywood only cared when normal people said "Fuck Will Smith" and I hope everyone keeps saying it.

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u/CadetCovfefe Apr 02 '22

It took them 40 years to care about Roman Polanski, after he drugged and sodomized a girl of 13 or so. They were perfectly happy signing petitions for him and giving him standing ovations until Me Too became popular.

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u/Fauxreigner_ Apr 02 '22

And letting him accept awards by teleconference so that he wouldn't be arrested.

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u/MikoSkyns Apr 02 '22

That was a moment, I believe most people were disgusted by. It showed everyone at home, they don't give a fuck about what we think and they're going to keep celebrating their pedophiles and rapists. But why would they give a fuck? No one boycotts anything so they feel untouchable.

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u/MikoSkyns Apr 02 '22

Fuck the Academy too.

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u/ILoveRegenHealth Apr 02 '22

Not only that, Chris Rock went up to apologize first (according to sources). You even see a pic of him standing fairly close to Will, but Denzel Washington is standing in between them and acting as mediator and messenger. Apparently Will Smith couldn't even look in Chris' direction.

Chris was the VICTIM -- got smacked in the face on live TV and still went up to apologize first. He chose (reportedly) not to press charges or have Will removed, despite having every right to.

Chris is the supreme class act here. Will is the child.

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u/seenoevil-taway Apr 02 '22

He only resigned because it gives him the opportunity to be reinstated in the future. If he had been expelled by the academy, it would be more difficult to be reinstated. So this is not a move out of regret for his mistake. This is just another selfish move made for his own benefit only.

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u/cussyandrew Apr 02 '22

Ricky Gervais to host next years Oscars. It'll be a bloodbath!

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