Will Smith was not the first: 5 celebrities who were expelled from the Oscars

Will Smith was not the first: 5 celebrities who were expelled from the Oscars

There is very little left for the 2023 Oscar Awards ceremony, which will take place next Monday, March 13, and a lot of details about the gala are already known.

From the complete list of nominees, to which are the favorites, which you can even stream to catch up.

There are endless curiosities around the most important event of the movie year, such as what the actors charge for winning a statuette, to the story of who makes the Oscars.

Now, with everything that happened last year with Will Smith's slap to Chris Rock, which caused the American actor to be banned for his behavior, you still wonder if there have been more celebrities who have been expelled from the Oscars .

Here's a short list that shows how the Academy has had no problem banning some celebrities, some even for life.

Richard Gere

In 1993, Richard Gere used his role as host of the gala to denounce the Chinese government's occupation of Tibet and protested the "horrendous, horrendous situation of human rights".

All this caused the Academy to prohibit him from being at the Oscars, specifically until 2013, at which time he was allowed to return.

The most curious thing is that Gere did not give any importance to the veto or rather to the possibility of going back to the ceremony: "Apparently, I have been rehabilitated. It seems that if you stay long enough, they forget that they have prohibited you ", revealed years ago to HuffPost.

Carmine Cardi

The actor was the first person the Academy kicked out of the Oscars.

The reason for the expulsion was that Carmine Caridi, known for his role in The Godfather 2 and The Godfather 3, illegally circulated several VHS movies that were later uploaded to the network.

It was a case in which he was thoroughly investigating the FBI, since Sony and Time Warner filed a lawsuit, although he was ultimately cleared of wrongdoing.

However, the Academy upheld the ban, since the actor had violated the agreement to safeguard those tapes.

Caridi passed away in 2019.

Bill Cosby

A month after Bill Cosby was convicted of sexual assault in 2018, the Academy banned the actor from the Oscars for life.

This is how they explained it at the time: "The Board continues to promote ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy's values of respect for human dignity."

Roman Polanski

Following the publication of a new Academy code of conduct in 2018, the organization banned access to Roman Polanski for his sexual assault allegations that occurred in 1977.

It is evident that this ban came late, as Polanski continued to be a member for many years until his expulsion. So much so that he even won Best Director for The Pianist in 2003.

Harvey Weinstein

The reason? The Academy condemned him for behaving in a manner "disgusting, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the academy and the creative community it represents."

This came shortly after Weinstein was charged with sexual harassment and rape. He is now serving a 23-year sentence in a California maximum-security prison.