Pamela Conley Ulich
3 min readMar 31, 2022


And the Oscar/Suspension Goes to . . .

Did you witness the “smack that went around the world” during the Academy Awards show?


If you were like me, initially did you think it was a staged skit? How could anyone go up and just smack down someone who was presenting an award?

Who is to blame? What does this say about the father, husband and actor who was “defending his family”? What does this moment say about the state of Hollywood and the world in general? What does this say about the Academy? How could the Academy invite Will Smith to the stage shortly therafter to accept the Oscar?

It’s been a couple of years of shut down, death, and now war in Ukraine with threats of nuclear holocaust for our precious world. Is the proverbial shi** hit everyone’s roof?

Is this simply a distraction from the world economic collapse and uncertainty?Upon reflection, are we all suffering from some mental fog and stress which can result in lapses in judgement?

It appears that the Academy did wake from the fog.

“Consistent with the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, as well as California law, Mr. Smith is being provided at least 15 days’ notice of a vote regarding his violations and sanctions, and the opportunity to be heard beforehand by means of a written response,” the Academy said today of the “disciplinary proceedings” it has begun after a virtual gathering of the dozens of Governors and other AMPAS aides concluded. “At the next board meeting on April 18, the Academy may take any disciplinary action, which may include suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions permitted by the Bylaws and Standards of Conduct.”

For now, it looks like on the day after Easter, on April 18, 2022, the Academy will decide what to do with Will.

According to Douglas Fairbanks who helped form the Academy on May 10, 1927 : “Our purpose is positive- not negative. We are formed to do, not undo.”



Pamela Conley Ulich

Girl from Kansas living the California dream. Believes we can make the world better when we search for truth and bring love every day.