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How many Oscars has Will Smith won and how many times has he been nominated for an Oscar?

Will Smith landed a Best Actor Oscar for his role as Venus and Serena William’s father in “King Richard", on what was an extremely mixed night for the performer.

Oscar-award nominee Will Smith is a versatile performer, capable of playing Agent J in “Men in Black” and Venus and Serena’s father in “King Richard".

Who could forget “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”? The mid-90s American series launched a young rapper, Fresh Prince, to stardom. The young man was trying to make a name for himself on the small screen after having several successes in the world of music, just when rap was at the zenith of musical genres.

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We’re talking about Willard Christopher Smith Jr., more popularly known as Will Smith, born in Philadelphia, PA in 1968. After spending more than half a decade performing on NBC in this successful sitcom, Will Smith decided to make the leap to the big screen with two blockbusters, “Independence Day” and “Public Enemy”.

Although “Wild Wild West” didn’t have the desired success, Will Smith’s first Oscar nomination would come years later for his portrayal of Muhammed Ali in “Ali”, 2002. His next nomination would come five years later in 2007 for “The Pursuit of Happyness”, a film which reminds us of the meaning of life and how we can overcome all the difficulties we face along the way.

Smith was far from abandoning action and science fiction, though. He continued his career playing his role as Agent J in “Men in Black” (the most recent in 2013) and Martin Lawrence in the three “Two Cops’” movies. In addition to this, he was in “I, Robot” and the most recent “Suicide Squad”. All of these are combined with box office and critical successes such as “Hitch”, “I am Legend”, “Hancock“, “Seven Pounds“. “Focus“, “Collateral Beauty“, “Aladdin”, and “Concussion”, to name a few.

Smith has taken on a huge variety of different roles in action, comedy and drama. In his latest movie, “King Richard”, Smith plays the father and coach of tennis players Venus and Serena Williams. This is his third nomination for best actor and he is the big favorite to finally win the long-awaited Oscar.

How many times has he been nominated for Oscars and what other awards has he won?

Will Smith has been nominated for best actor at the Oscars three times. For “Ali”, “The Pursuit of Happyness”, and now “King Richard”. And this evening he finally landed the Academy Award. However his moment of triumph was marred by an incident earlier in the evening when he reacted to a Chris Rock joke about his wife's hair, walking onto the stage and striking the comedian before telling him to keep "my wife's name out of your fucking mouth." 

Smith's success off screen

Will Smith has not only succeeded in the world of cinema. The performer also has eight Grammy Awards nominations, with four wins. Smith is an off-roader who has gone from being the "chop of a neighborhood called Bel-Air" to one of the best actors of our days.


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