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Oscars producer Will Packer (left) caught heat for telling Will Smith to stay in the theater after he assaulted presenter Chris Rock (right) during the 2020 Oscars.

According to TMZ, Packer walked up to Smith during a commercial break and told him, "We do not want you to leave."

On Friday, Packer appeared on "Good Morning America" and said The Slap "sucked the life" out of the room.

"It was like somebody poured concrete in that room. It sucked the life out of that room and it never came back," he said.

Packer said he told Rock the LAPD wanted to know if Rock wanted Smith arrested, but Rock said he did not.

"I was advocating what Rock wanted in that time, which was not to physically remove Will Smith," Packer said.

Packer confirmed that officers wanted to arrest Smith on the spot, but Rock asked them not to.

Packer also claimed Rock wanted Smith to stay. However, sources tell TMZ that's a lie.

Packer told GMA it was Rocks' decision to keep Smith in the theater. But 3 well-placed sources who were in the theater told TMZ the Academy never asked Smith to leave and Smith never refused to leave.

"Chris told Packer 'I'm not pressing charges. All I want to do is leave.' He was never asked if he wanted Will removed. This is the Academy covering itself."

TMZ reports that Smith's lawyers are preparing to beg the Academy not to suspend him or revoke his membership during an upcoming hearing on April 18.

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2020, Rock revealed he was diagnosed with nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD), causing him to have difficulty understanding social cues and "non-verbal signals."

He said 80 percent of communication is nonverbal, "and all I understand are the words."

The TikTok video below shows Rock looking sad and confused as he struggles to process what happened after Smith slapped him.
 

@randomtvclipz he did a good job staying composed. #chrisrock #willsmith #oscars ? Bubblegum by Clairo - Jem

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Academy Award officials allegedly lied about telling Will Smith to leave after he assaulted presenter Chris Rock onstage during the 2022 Oscars.

However, during an appearance on Good Morning America on Thursday, The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg insists Smith was asked to leave.

Goldberg, an Academy Governor, said officials didn't want Smith forcibly removed because he is bipolar and they feared he was having a "manic episode". Goldberg said they didn't want him struggling with officers.

It is the first time anyone has mentioned Smith is bipolar.

Smith's damage control team went into overdrive when executives with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) said Smith refused to leave the Dolby Theater following his unprovoked attack on Rock.
 
RELATED: Will Smith was asked to leave Oscars for slapping Chris Rock, but he refused
 
Publicists emphatically tell TMZ that Smith was never asked to leave the Oscars after he slapped Rock for joking about Jada Pinkett Smith's hair loss.

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In fact, says TMZ, the opposite is true — he was told by the producer of the Oscars that he could stay and enjoy himself after assaulting a presenter.

According to TMZ, Academy officials got into heated discussions with Smith's reps backstage. TMZ claims some officials wanted Smith booted from the theater, while others wanted him to stay.

According to sources, Oscars producer Will Packer walked up to Smith during a commercial break and told him he could stay. Packer and an Academy official reportedly told Smith, "We do not want you to leave."

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Packer spoke with Smith around 35 minutes after The Slap, according to TMZ's sources. Smith won the Best Actor Award 5 minutes later.

On Wednesday, as the outrage grew in Hollywood, the Academy came under pressure to take a strong stand against Smith.

That's when the Academy released the statement saying Smith took an aggressive stance and refused to leave the building.

Members of the Academy's Governors Awards agreed to vote on disciplinary action against Smith in the next meeting on April 18.

Question: Who do you believe?

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Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) were surprised to learn that actor Will Smith was asked to leave the building after slapping presenter Chris Rock.

Smith walked onstage and slapped Rock after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith's hair loss during the 2022 Oscars Awards on March 27.

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After slapping Rock, Smith returned to his seat and screamed profanity, as the room full of well-heeled superstars sat in stunned silence.

The Academy issued a statement acknowledging that Smith refused to leave the building when asked - and that they should have handled the situation differently (by forcing him to leave).

"While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently," the Academy said on Wednesday.

Members attended an urgent Zoom meeting of the AAMPAS' Board of Governors on Wednesday to decide whether to pursue disciplinary action against the Oscar winner.

They were shocked to learn that Smith was asked to leave the building but he refused and sat in the front row with his wife for another 45 minutes before receiving the Best Actor Oscar.

"It was a real shocker," one insider told Deadline.com.

More than 50% of the board - including Whoopi Goldberg and Steven Spielberg - voted for some form of disciplinary action - including suspension or expulsion from the Academy.

The actual vote will take place in April.

Consistent with the Academy's Standards of Conduct, as well as California law, Smith will be given at least 15 days' notice of a vote regarding his violations and sanctions. He will have the opportunity to be heard beforehand by means of a written response.

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Will Smith may be forced to give back his first-ever Oscar award for violating the Academy Awards' Code of Conduct by slapping presenter Chris Rock on live television.

The incident occurred after Rock joked about Jada Pinkett Smith's alopecia. The "Red Table Talk" host first went public about her hair loss struggle in 2018.

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Rock said, "Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2 — can't wait to see it." Rock was referring to the movie G.I. Jane, starring actress Demi Moore, who shaved her head for the role.

Seconds later, Smith strolled onstage and struck Rock with an opee hand across the face.

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The slap was seen around the world, but the aftermath was not heard by American audiences, since Oscar producers cut the audio.

The rest of the world heard Smith say, "Keep my wife's name out your f***ing mouth!"

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences drew up a strict code of conduct following the Black Lives Matter riots in America. Ironically, a Black man was the first to violate the code of conduct - and the punishment may be severe.

Smith may be forced to return his first-ever Oscar Award if the Academy members vote to revoke it.

One highly placed Hollywood source told The New York Post after the incident: "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," the insider said.

Journalist Dan Wootton tweeted:

"An Oscars standing ovation for Will Smith minutes after he physically assaulted Chris Rock on stage proves woke Hollywood hypocrites have the most warped priorities."

And "Knocked Up" director Judd Apatow tweeted:

"He could have killed him. That's pure out of control rage and violence. They've heard a million jokes about them in the last three decades. They are not freshman in the world of Hollywood and comedy. He lost his mind."

The Academy responded to the controversy in a tweet after the show aired.

"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."

Smith was seen dancing and rapping while waving his trophy at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party.

However, the Academy may have the last laugh.

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Tennis champ Serena Williams was spotted shopping in Beverly Hills on Thursday. The next day, Serena attended the 15th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Pre-Oscar Awards Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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Actress Meagan Good wore a cobalt blue pant set to the 15th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon.

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Karrueche Tran wore a Balmain B&W striped mini dress and white pointy toe pumps to the 15th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon.

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Jabari Banks, who plays Will Smith in the Peacock drama Bel-Air, turned heads when he showed up on the red carpet with pink hair! The 23-year-old actor previously said he knew he was meant to play Will - even though he wasn't born when Fresh Prince of Bel-Air launched Will's career in the early 1990s.

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Actress Marsai Martin (Black-ish) posed provocatively on the red carpet at the Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon. She looked a decade older than her stated age of 17.

The Oscar Awards air live at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 27, hosted by Regina Hall, Wanda Sykes, and Amy Schumer.

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Actress Glenn Close insists her twerking to "Da Butt" during the 2021 Academy Awards on Sunday was not scripted.

The 73-year-old A-lister lost her eighth Oscar Award bid on Sunday night.

The actress, who was nominated this year for Hillbilly Elegy, was asked a trivia question by Lil Rel about previous movie songs.

Lil Rel asked guests if "Da Butt" was actually nominated for an Oscar or not.

Glenn correctly said the song was by EU and that it was written for the Spike Lee movie School Daze.

She stood up and twerked to the track, sending fans into a frenzy online.

Questions arose as to whether or not the scene was scripted.

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In a post on social media, Glenn confirmed that she knew about the question in advance. She said she received a little help from her friends: screenwriter Chris Terrio, Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya and his pal Darrell Britt-Gibson.

"I knew that Lil Rel was going to quiz me about 'Da Butt' and all three guys helped me run through what I was to say," she explained. "Darrell insisted that I mention the Backyard Band, on top of E.U., Suga Bear and the whole DMV.

"I googled 'Da Butt' and watched Spike's music video so when Lil Rel asked if I could do the dance... you can actually see me think of the video," she said, while adding that her twerking was spontaneous.

"That part was completely spontaneous. Daniel, Darrell and Chris egged me on!!! It was ALL their fault.”

She concluded her post, "CONGRATULATIONS DANIEL on your BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Oscar. You are completely brilliant. I now consider both Daniel and Darrell to be friends-for-life!"
 

 

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British actor Daniel Kaluuya won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role in biographical drama "Judas and the Black Messiah."

Like any good son, he thanked his parents in his acceptance speech: "You got to celebrate life, man! We're breathing, walking, it's incredible. It's incredible. Like, it's incredible. My mom met dad, they had sex. It's amazing."

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An ecstatic Daniel Kaluuya poses with Yuh-Jung Youn (left), winner of Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "Minari," and Frances McDormand, winner of Best Actress in a Leading Role for "Nomadland."

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This is the fourth Oscar win for McDormand, who won her first Oscar for her sensitive portrayal of a police chief in the dark comedy film Fargo (1996). Her trophy collection includes two Golden Globe Awards, three BAFTA Awards, two Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award.

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Angela Bassett stunned on the red carpet at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 25.

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Tyler Perry, winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, poses in the press room during the 93rd Annual Academy Awards.

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L-R) Tiara Thomas, H.E.R., and Dernst Emile II, winners of Best Original Song for "Fight For You" from "Judas and the Black Messiah," pose in the press room during the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station.

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Chloé Zhao becomes only the second woman to win Best Director in Academy Awards history. She took home the trophy for Nomadland.

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(L-R) Mia Neal, Jamika Wilson, and Sergio Lopez-Rivera pose backstage with the Oscar for Makeup and Hairstyling in the press room during the 93rd Annual Academy Awards

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(L-R): Andra Day, Tyler James Williams and Evan Ross embrace at the Spring Place's Oscars party honoring Andra Day and the cast of The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

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The 93rd Annual Academy Awards was broadcast live from Union Station in Los Angeles, California. Only 170 guests were invited as part of the audience. Hundreds of homeless people were cleared out of the area before the awards aired. They were threatened with jail time if they didn't leave.
 

See the partial list of winners below:

Best Picture:

Nomadland

Best Director:

Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Best Actor:

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Best Actress:

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Best Supporting Actor:

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actress:

Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, The Father

Best Original Screenplay:

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Best Animated Feature:

Soul

Best Costume Design:

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Best Film Editing:

Sound of Metal

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Best Original Score:

Soul by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste

Best Original Song:

"Fight For You" from Judas and the Black Messiah by H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, and Tiara Thomas

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award:

Tyler Perry and the Motion Picture & Television Fund

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It's Monday morning, and the Internet is still trying to figure out how Blac Chyna walked the red carpet at the 2020 Oscar Awards on Sunday night.

Blac Chyna showed up early and was among the first to walk the red carpet outside the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 9.

Her presence stunned the Internet, as she wasn't a presenter nor a nominee.

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The mom-of-two wore a black velvet Dona Matoshi gown with plunging neckline and a bare-all thigh-high slit. The gown was embellished with blue gems and fringe at the shoulders. The 31-year-old wore her short black hair in finger waves.

The Oscar Awards is usually reserved for the elite of the movie industry. There's a reason why only nominees, presenters and their plus ones are invited to partake of the A-list festivities.

The main reason is the spectacular costs involved in putting together Hollywood's biggest night of the year. The gift bags alone are said to be worth a quarter of a million dollars!

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There are other parties for lessers to attend if they don't get an invite to the Oscars. The Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar viewing party was well-attended by those who weren't invited to the big show. Also, the star-studded Vanity Fair Oscars party was packed.

So how did former reality TV personality Blac Chyna, a C-lister at best, wrangle an invite?

My sources tell me Blac Chyna was not invited. She simply showed up and they let her walk the red carpet!

So there you have it: Chyna crashed the Oscars red carpet hours before the event started. How brazen!

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Actress Janelle Monáe's couture gown was so heavy, it required a team of 4 people to help her carry it down the red carpet. Janelle's silver custom made Ralph Lauren Collection mesh link dress with hoodie is comprised of 168,000 Swarovski crystals. She accessorized the gown with crystal-lacquered silk lamé platform sandals.
 

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Filmmakers Karen Rupert Toliver and Matthew A. Cherry won Oscars for their animated short film Hair Love at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Feb 9, 2020.
 

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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are executive producers of the short animation film Hair Love, which won an Oscar Award on Feb. 9, 2020. The film is about a young Black father who figures out how to style his daughter's dreadlocks.
 

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Gabrielle and Dwyane invited DeAndre Arnold, the Texas teenager who was told he couldn't walk at his graduation unless he cut off his dreadlocks. DeAndre, center, joined filmmakers Karen Rupert Toliver and Matthew A. Cherry on the red carpet on Sunday night.
 

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Former reality TV personality Blac Chyna surprised everyone by showing up at the Oscars Awards when she wasn't a presenter or a nominee. Her appearance left the Internet bewildered and wondering if she crashed the red carpet. Chyna wore a black velvet Dona Matoshi gown with a plunging neckline and a bare-all thigh-high slit.
 

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Billy Porter toned down his usually flamboyant red carpet style for the 92nd Annual Oscar Awards held at L.A.'s Dolby Theatre on Feb 9, 2020. The 50-year-old actor wore a Giles Deacon Couture gold feather top with a printed floor length "Cupola gown" skirt. It was an understated look from last year's head-turning Christian Siriano tuxedo dress, which caused a commotion when Porter wore it to a taping of an upcoming episode of Sesame Street. Everyone is in agreement that Porter's feminine attire is inappropriate for minor children.
 

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Soul/R&B legend Mary Wilson attended the 28th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party sponsored by IMDb, Neuro Drinks and Walmart on February 09, 2020 in West Hollywood, CA.
 

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Actress Vivica A. Fox attended the 28th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party sponsored by IMDb, Neuro Drinks and Walmart on February 09, 2020 in West Hollywood, CA.
 

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Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo wore a glittering white Versace gown with a dramatic thigh split that showed off her toned legs. The gown was embroidered with Swarovski crystals. The 33-year-old Brit actress was nominated for her leading role in the biography Harriet.

Question: What was your favorite outfit at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards?

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Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce are among a long list of minority actors who were snubbed by the Academy Awards. The Academy unveiled their 2020 Oscar nominations on Monday, Jan. 13, WENN.com reported.

Lopez was expected to earn Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as an aging stripper in the film Hustlers (2019). But she was left off the list of nominees, which included British actress Cynthia Erivo, Scarlett Johansson, Margot Robbie, Florence Pugh, Kathy Bates, and Laura Dern.

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Jay-Z is reportedly consoling his wife, Beyonce, who was overlooked for an original song nomination for her single "Spirit" off the soundtrack to one of the year's biggest movies, Disney's remake of The Lion King.

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Lupita Nyong'o was snubbed for her role in the comedy/thriller Us, as was actress Awkwafina for her critically acclaimed performance in The Farewell.

The list of Black actors who were bypassed by the Academy also includes Eddie Murphy, who was expected to be recognized for his portrayal of comic Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite Is My Name.

Not a single female filmmaker earned any recognition in the directing category, according to WENN.com.

Lopez's Hustlers director Lorena Scafaria was ignored, as was Beyonce's music music director Melina Matsoukas.

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