#11 – Will Smith
We are so busy striving to understand Jada Pinkett’s real reason for trying to boycott the Oscars, that we have forgotten that Will Smith could have been nominated for Concussion, but wasn’t! Ahh right! The two things are closely related! So, is Jada objectively angry because the Oscar nominations don’t reflect the quality of the year in movies for people of color, or is she really just having a tantrum over hubby not being presented as a worthy candidate? The critics have been tough on Will, saying his acting in Concussion, where he plays Dr. Omalu, wasn’t his best, and arguing that his Nigerian accent was poor and very distant from that of a true Nigerian, lacking key aspects of the Nigerian mannerisms as well. The thing with acting is that, if people don’t believe you, if they don’t buy that you are truly the person you are trying to portray, then you have failed, regardless of your skin color. Without a doubt Will’s acting has drawn praise for his roles in exceptional movies like Ali and The Pursuit of Happiness, when he lost his chance to hold an Oscar to Forest Whitaker who starred The Last King of Scotland. With his eye for commercially successful movies and his immaculate record of over a decade of year after year hits, Will’s Oscar is only a matter of time!
#10 – Brad Pitt
A man as famous, good looking and rich as Brad Pitt is also aiming for an Oscar? Sometimes, in Hollywood, having fame and a pretty face can become a great handicap. It seems as if looks made it harder to seriously consider the worth of an actor and his skills. Now that he is not the pretty boy he was in the nineties, maybe he can be considered for different roles that allow him to fully commit to the performance and convince the audience, and Oscar voters! Even though this year he is not nominated for his performance in Fury, a film, about the horrors of war which failed to portray the depth of the drama it really was, Pitt has had some outstanding reviews in movies like Moneyball where the audience was captured by how well he conducted himself as a leading man, and also how convincing and felt his part as Oakland Athletics manager Billy Beane was, or his provoking and emotional representation in 12 Years a Slave.