Absent Will Smith Scoops Best Actor for ‘Emancipation’ in First Win Since Oscars Slap

Will Smith wins Outstanding Actor in a Movie award for his efforts release At the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday night, he was not present to receive the award in person.

of award As reported by Breitbart News, it marks Smith’s first public accolades since he slapped infamous comedian Chris Rock on stage at last year’s Oscars ceremony.

The 54-year-old star faced Daniel Kaluuya, Jonathan Majors, Joshua Boone and Sterling K. Brown in this category.

Shortly after his win on the slave drama was revealed, Smith took to Instagram to thank the NAACP, stating:

Smith, who doubles as a producer on the film, will receive the Beacon Award from the African American Film Critics Association on March 1 alongside director Antoine Fuqua.

Smith’s win comes nearly 12 months after the 2022 Oscars, when he stormed the stage and slapped The Rock after joking about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Some time later, Smith went on to win an Oscar for best actor for his performance in king richard.

of I Am Legend The star’s absence was noted Saturday night when singer and actress Janelle Monae told the audience: We therefore accept this on your behalf. congratulation. “

Janelle Monáe takes the stage at the 54th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 25, 2023 in Pasadena, Calif. to replace Will Smith at the Film Awards for “Emancipation.” Received Best Actor Award. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Smith’s performance in the film was snubbed by both the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, and has been banned from next month’s Oscars.

release As Breitbart News reported, it was widely seen as an effort to rehabilitate and redeem the actor.

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