The Oscar for Best Actor for Will Smith for his role in “King Richard” is considered the culmination of his long career.
The 53-year-old former rapper-turned-actor has been recognized for his portrayal of the father and coach of tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams in the Warner Brothers drama.
Will Smith defeated four contenders: Javier Bardem (Nominated for Being the Ricardos), Denzel Washington (Macbeth’s Tragedy), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog) and Andrew Garfield (Tick Take… Boom).
“I want to thank Venus, Serena and the entire Williams family for crediting their story,” Smith said upon receiving the award.
The actor tearfully apologized to the Academy (the body that administers the Oscars), after he shocked the audience by resentfully going onstage to slap comedian Chris Rock after the latter made a joke about his shaved head. of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. , suffering from a disease that leads to hair loss from her.
“Love makes you do crazy things,” he said, comparing himself to Richard Williams, who trained his two daughters to succeed in tennis.
Smith previously announced that he “finished” Richard Williams more than two decades ago after seeing him come to the defense of his 14-year-old daughter, Venus, during an interview with a determined reporter.
That interview led to Smith accepting the role, with the actor speaking about how “art imitates life,” saying, “I sound like a crazy dad, just like they said about Richard Williams. But love makes you do crazy things.”
rapper and actor
This Oscar is the first for Will Smith, who was previously nominated for this award twice, the first for his role in the movie “Ali”, which deals with the story of boxing champion Muhammad Ali in 2002, and the second for five years. then for his role in “The Pursuit of Happyness.”
With this, Smith becomes the fifth black man to win the Oscar for Best Actor, after Sidney Poitier, who died in January, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker.
Will Smith was born in Philadelphia in September 1968 and was a diligent student who was able to complete his education and go to college, but chose to pursue a career in music and formed a hip-hop duo with Jazzy Jeff in 1985 known as ” DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince””.
The duo achieved commercial success and won two Grammy Awards, but financial difficulties led Smith to pursue acting and he landed a starring role on the hit series The Fresh Prince of Belaire.
This sitcom, in which Smith plays a troubled teen from the neighborhood sent to live with wealthy relatives in California, ran for six seasons and showcased the star’s great acting talent.
During this period, Smith landed his first film role, starring in the 1995 film “Bad Boys” alongside comedian Martin Lawrence, cementing his position as one of Hollywood’s rising talents.
The following year, Smith played a brave alien pilot in the movie “Independence Day.” Will Smith faced aliens again in the movie “Man in Black” in 1997, the year he released his solo album “Big Willie Style,” which sold six million copies.
But this series of successes was hampered by the film “Wild Wild West”, which, although it was a commercial success, Smith considered it a failure for him, expressing his remorse for participating in it, and the worst thing was that Smith refused this year. to participate in the movie “The Matrix” in the role played by Keanu Reeves.
drama and comedy
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Smith moved on to more serious movies like “Anime of the States” and “The Legend of Bagger Vance.”
Smith earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of boxer Muhammad Ali in Michael Mann’s 2001 film “Ali,” before continuing his run of success with sequels “Bad Boys” and “Men in Black.”
Smith did not forget his beginnings in comedy, and returned to the film genre again in the film “Hutch” in 2005.
The following year, Smith starred in The Pursuit of Happyness, in which his performance earned him an Oscar dissection.
Since then, Smith has appeared in new parts of “Men in Black” and “Bad Boys”, as well as in the films “Hancock” and “Suicide Squad”.
After that, Will Smith played the role of the genie in the movie “Laden” produced by “Disney” in 2019, and later took part in the sci-fi movies “I Am Legend” and “Gemini Man” and other works.