Movie Fans Think Will Smith Can Contend For An Oscar Following First Trailer For ‘King Richard’

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  • The first trailer for King Richard dropped on Wednesday.
  • The film stars Will Smith as Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena.
  • Movie fans think the 52-year-old can contend for an Academy Award with his performance.

When’s the last time you saw a Will Smith-starring movie that you loved? A movie that made you think to yourself, “Man, I sure do love that Will Smith.” Can you even remember? I couldn’t — I actually had to go look at his filmography to figure it out. While 2015’s Focus and Concussion are better films than given credit for, neither crack the Top 10 Will Smith movies of all time. You have to wind the clock all the way back to 2012 to find a legitimately good Will Smith movie, and that’s Men In Black III. Ever since then, our man has largely starred in misfires.

King Richard, though — which released its first trailer on Wednesday afternoon — could be the film that rounds Smith back into elite shape, as the biopic about Richard Williams, the driven father of Serena and Venus Williams, appears to be putting him in a juicy Oscar-bait role.

If the initial reaction from fans is any barometer, Smith has the makings of an awards season contender for the first time in over a decade:

Perhaps most importantly, similar to Leonardo DiCaprio when he won for The Revenantor Brad Pitt when he won for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Will Smith is, simply, due for Academy Award glory. Once you’ve reached a certain level of fame and/or stardom, Hollywood — The Academy in particular — wants to recognize and immortalize that contribution to Tinsletown’s history with something tangible. Smith, previously nominated for Best Actor his performances in Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness, has been one of the business’ most recognizable faces for over a quarter-century, making this the perfect time to crown those 25-plus years of excellence with an Oscar win.

King Richard will hit theaters and HBO Max in the United States on Friday, November 19. In addition to Smith, the film stars Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn, and Dylan McDermott.

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