Will Smith Does NOT Deserve An Oscar And Here’s Why
2. Will Smith gets a nomination for “The Pursuit of Happyness” but not a win.
“The Pursuit of Happyness” may have been Will Smith’s best performance to date. It was emotional and his performance was fluid with vast range. It was a much more challenging role than “Ali” as it forced Smith off of his comedic crutch and into consistent drama. But while his performance was strong so was his competition.
This time he was up against Leonardo DiCaprio for “Blood Diamond” (one of Matt’s favorites), Peter O’Toole for “Venus,” Ryan Gosling for “Half Nelson,” and Forest Whitaker for “The Last King of Scotland.” One could argue for Smith against some of his competition but once again, another actor clearly deserved the win.
Forest Whitaker blew people away with his performance in “The Last King of Scotland.” He seemed to be the living embodiment of 1970s Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Not only was Whitaker’s performance more than stellar, it was unlike anything we had seen him do before. At the time, Whitaker had been in the business for 24 years without a single nomination despite having roles in iconic films like “Platoon” and “Good Morning, Vietnam.” It may have been his first nomination but he was aiming for the fence with this performance and won over everyone. Needless to say, he outshined every actor, including Will Smith.