With “Collateral Beauty” opening in wide release on Friday, it’s the perfect time to look back at the widely varied career of Oscar nominee Will Smith. In our new photo gallery (view above), we have chosen his top 10 movie roles that started just after his rap career (with four Grammy wins) and while he was still the lead on NBC’s comedy “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”
For this new drama directed by David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada”) and written by Allan Loeb (“Rock of Ages”), Smith heads up an award-winning ensemble, including Academy Award winners Helen Mirren (“The Queen”) and Kate Winslet (“The Reader”), as well as Oscar nominees Edward Norton (“American History X”) and Keira Knightley (“The Imitation Game”), SAG ensemble winner Michael Peña (“American Hustle”) and current Golden Globe nominee Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”).
While “Collateral Beauty” draws upon Smith’s talents as a dramatic actor, there have been many Will Smiths in a career that has spanned more than two decades. There’s the sci-fi Will of “”Independence Day” (1996) and “Men in Black,” (1997), the action Will of “Bad Boys” (1995) and “Suicide Squad” (1998), the comedic Will of “Hitch” (2005) and other dramatic roles, as in “Six Degrees of Separation,” (1993), “Ali” (2001) and “Concussion” (2015). All of those movies are part of our photo gallery.
A few years after Smith began his film career, the award nominations began coming. Smith was a Best Actor nominee three times in the coming years for “Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006), and “Concussion.” He landed his sole SAG Best Actor nomination for his work in “Pursuit.” Most importantly, Smith was invited as a nominee to the Oscars twice, earning Academy Award nominations as Best Actor for “Ali” and “Pursuit.”
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