Academy Awards set 2023 Oscars for March 12 

The Academy Of Motion Pictures and Sciences have announced that next year’s Academy Awards will take place March 12, 2023. 

The date for the 95th Academy Awards moves the show up slightly from this year, when they where held unusually late on March 27, partly due to the February Olympics. 

But it will also leave in place a stretched-out awards season that some have argued saps the Oscars of drama.

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Hollywood’s biggest night: The Academy Of Motion Pictures and Sciences have announced that next year’s Academy Awards will take place March 12, 2023; hosts Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes at the 2022 Oscars

The 94th Academy Awards didn’t lack for that, albeit not in the way the film academy intended. 

On a night that saw Apple TV+’s CODA become the first film with a largely deaf cast and the first film from a streaming service to win best picture, the infamous slap by Will Smith of presenter Chris Rock overshadowed the awards.

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Smith has since resigned from the academy, which banned the actor 10 years from attending the Oscars.

The Oscars exchange between Smith and Rock took place after Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, saying, ‘Jada, I love you, G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,’ in reference to the 1997 movie which featured Demi Moore with a shaved head. (Pinkett Smith, 50, has diagnosed with alopecia, which causes hair loss.) 

The date for the 95th Academy Awards moves the show up slightly from this year, when they where held unusually late on March 27, partly due to the February Olympics 

The Philadelphia-born actor then walked onstage and smacked Rock, then returned to his seat and shouted at him twice, ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth!’ to a stunned audience.

Later in the evening – in his acceptance speech after winning the Best Actor Oscar for his role as tennis patriarch Richard Williams in King Richard – Smith apologized to the Academy and other nominees, but made no reference to Rock.

The Ali star subsequently took to Instagram on March 28 and called himself ‘a work in progress’ after saying his behavior at the Oscars was ‘unacceptable and inexcusable.’

Scandal: Will Smith slapped Chris Rock after the comic made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith during the 2022 Oscars

He said, ‘I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong.’

The Men in Black actor alluded to Rock in a statement he issued April 1 as he resigned from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (which later banned him from the Oscars for 10 years).

‘The list of those I have hurt is long,’ Smith said, ‘and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home.’

Banned: Smith has since resigned from the academy, which banned the actor 10 years from attending the Oscars; pictured with wife Jada

Smith has kept a relatively low-profile following the Oscars, as he was seen April 23 in Mumbai, India, as a source told People he was there to focus on spirituality, yoga and meditation.

Smith has yet to personally reach out to Rock in the wake of the Academy Awards, a source told Page Six last month, casting skepticism over the reasons behind Smith’s trip to India.

‘Will’s “spiritual journey” to India for yoga and meditation seems cynical and ridiculous, given that he hasn’t apologized personally to the one person he assaulted in front of millions,’ the source said. ‘No amount of Namastes will make up for that.’

A source has told Entertainment Tonight that Smith is now going to therapy following the incident.

The 2023 Oscars will be broadcast by ABC.

Star-studded: The 2023 Oscars will be broadcast by ABC

Read more:

  • Will Smith Travels to India for Spiritual Purposes 1 Month After Oscars | PEOPLE.com
  • Will Smith still hasn’t apologized to Chris Rock for Oscars slap
  • Will Smith Is Going to Therapy Following Oscars Incident, Source Says | Entertainment Tonight