‘Concussion’ trailer: Oscar for Will Smith as real-life doctor who battles NFL?

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Will Smith stars as real-life crusader Dr. Bennet Omalu in the upcoming Columbia Christmas release “Concussion.” The good doctor battled the NFL after he discovered the true extent of the damage caused by repetitive head injuries to football players. Will this true story be embraced by the Oscars? Watch the new trailer below and use our drag-and-drop menu to make your predictions.

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Smith has been nominated twice before at the Oscars, both times for playin real-life people. His first bid came for another true sports story as boxer Muhammad Ali in “Ali” (2001). His second was for another against-the-odds true story: “The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006), in which he played Chris Gardner, a homeless father who eventually became an entrepreneur.

We know how much the Oscars love true life tales. Indeed, nine of the last 13 Best Actor winners won for portraying real-life people. Add to that the fact that Smith adopts a Nigerian accent to play the role, If “Concussion” strikes the same chords as other successful sports movies like “Moneyball” and “The Blind Side.” it might be right in the academy’s wheelhouse.

Watch the new trailer below, and predict whether Smith will be nominated for Best Actor.

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Photo: Will Smith at film premiere for “Focus.” Credit: Rob Latour/REX

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