Immediately after shocking America by assaulting Chris Rock during this year’s Academy Awards, Will Smith won his first Academy Award for Best Actor. Nominated for playing the father of Venus and Serena Williams in ‘King Richard’, Will Smith is officially an Oscar winner.
Despite being nominated for performances over the years, tonight is finally the night when Will Smith finally holds the coveted golden statuette. His co-stars were nominated in the Best Actor category, including two-time winners Denzel Washington, Benedict Cumberbatch, Javier Bardem and Andrew Garfield.
Before the show, Will Smith walked the red carpet with his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, who wore a gorgeous emerald green dress with a long train, while Will opted for a traditional three-piece tuxedo with just one little sparkle.
As he took to the stage to accept his award, his nearly six-minute speech was filled with emotion, as he talked about his long journey to prepare to play Richard Williams, the former coached his two daughters Venus and Serena – ending up making them two of the greatest tennis players in tennis history.
In addition, he thanked the Williams family, co-star Aunjanue Eliis (who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress) and the two actresses who played young Venus and Serena. He was presented his award by Samuel L. Jackson, who received an honorary Oscar earlier this week from Denzel Washington.
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