Twenty years after his first nomination, Will Smith finally won his first Oscar – awarded for best actor in a leading role for his portrayal of Richard Williams.
The win was overshadowed by the incident earlier in the night, when Smith went up onstage and appeared to attack presenter Chris Rock after the comedian made a dig about his wife.
In an emotional acceptance speech, Smith told the audience, "I know to do what we do, you gotta be able to take abuse, you gotta be able to have people talk crazy about you.
In this business, you gotta be able to have people disrespecting you. And you gotta smile and pretend like that's okay." Smith thanked the Williams family "for entrusting me with your story,"
He wrapped up his speech by saying he hopes that the Academy invites him back. His performance in King Richard was his third Oscar nomination, after Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness.
In a recent interview, Smith said he prepared for the role by speaking and dressing the part. "When I put on those short-shorts on, I understood: 'Oh wait a second — he thinks he's fly!"
Smith has won a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, a Critics Choice Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award for this role. Smith started his acting career on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1990.
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