Will Smith has won his 1st Oscar!
The 53-year-old comedian won the Academy Award for Best Actor during the 94th Annual Oscar Awards on Sunday (March 27) for his portrayal of Richard Williams, father and coach of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams. The Philly native also earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture this year, for his role in the critically-acclaimed film King Richard.
Smith had been nominated for an Oscar twice before, for the 2001 film Ali and again in 2006 for his starring role inThe Pursuit of Happyness. This is his first win at the Oscars.
He gave an emotional acceptance speech after his personal historic win in which he acknowledged Richard Williams as being “a fierce protector of his family” and revealed legendary actor Denzel Washington pulled him to the side and advised him, “At your highest moment, be careful that’s when the devil comes for you.”