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Apple in dilemma over Will Smith's 'Emancipation' movie after Oscars slap: report

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Apple is facing a dilemma over Will Smith’s movie "Emancipation," which was deemed an Oscar-winning contender before the actor slapped Chris Rock onstage during the 2022 Academy Awards ceremony.

The backlash Smith faced in the last several months has reportedly caused Apple executives to discuss releasing the movie this year — in time for awards season — or holding off until 2023.

The New York Times reported that the "sensitivity of the situation is apparent." The outlet, citing three sources, reports that there have been talks within the company to release "Emancipation" at the end of the year.

However, it was previously reported that the film might be pushed until 2023. Apple has reportedly considered delaying the release of their movie starring Will Smith after the infamous Oscar slap. (Getty Images) According to the Times, Apple set up a test screening earlier this year.

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