Will Smith must return his Oscar, according to veteran actor Harry J. Lennix,...

.. following Smith's onstage altercation with comedian Chris Rock late last month.

In a Saturday Variety column, Lennix, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and...

 Sciences, wrote that Smith needs to understand that his actions have consequences, and that returning his award is the best option for him.

"Smith should return his golden trophy to the Academy by express mail and publicly state, ...

...'Out of respect for the 94 years of honour bestowed upon this award, I do not in good conscience feel worthy of being its custodian,' " In his column, Lennix stated.

The incident also took away the "prestige" of the award ceremony, according to Lennix, ...

...who noted that other attendees gave Smith a standing ovation after he won the Oscar.

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