Will Smith

Will Smith has announced that he will not be attending the Oscar Awards next month, just days after his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, had made the same announcement in protest against the all-white acting nomination of the Academy.

Smith, a two-time Oscar Awards Nominee for 2001’s Ali and 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness, made this statement on ABC’s Good Morning America when he said that he and his wife have agreed not to go because they are “uncomfortable to stand there and say this is okay.”

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Monday, Pinkett Smith had posted a video online calling for a massive boycott of the award show, especially on the black community. Pinkett Smith, a 2004 Image Award Winner for her performance in the Matrix Revolutions, said that she would neither attend nor watch the Oscars Academy Awards.

When asked, Will Smith said he did not know that his wife was going to post a video online. But then, according to him, when he saw the video for the first time, hear what he had to say, in his own words:

I was knocked over, you know? I was happy to be married to that woman.

Explaining what he really thought about the video, he said

It was her call to action — for herself and for me and for our family to be a part of the solution

Many people have opined that the only reason Pinkett Smith was protesting against the Oscars is because Will Smith didn’t get a best actor nomination this year for his dazzling performance at the brilliant movie, Concussion. Will Smith had been expected by many fans – and critics as well – to get the nomination this year, and even win the award.

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When asked if that was why his wife protested, Will Smith said:

There’s probably a part of that in there. But for Jada, had I been nominated and no other people of color were, she would have made the video anyway. We’d still be here having this conversation.

He added,

This is so deeply not about me. This is about children that are gonna sit down, and they’re gonna watch this show, and they’re not going to see themselves represented.

And then in a moment of mild humour, Smith joked,

My wife’s not going. It would be awkward to show up with Charlize Theron.