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Will Smith almost slept through Golden Globe nomination

Published 11/12/2015

Will Smith
Will Smith

Will Smith wouldn’t have realised he was nominated for a Golden Globe if Jada hadn’t woken him.

Will Smith’s wife slapped him awake to announce he’d been nominated for a Golden Globe.

The contenders were announced on Thursday (10Dec15), with Will scoring a best actor nod for sports film Concussion. It was 5.30am in Los Angeles when the names were revealed, so the star was tucked up in bed with wife Jada, but luckily she was more on the ball and was quick to tell him the good news.

“My wife slapped me out of my sleep to wake me up and tell me,” he laughed to the New York Times. “She was just so ecstatic. It was like a really great married moment. We were so bound together. It was us, it was ours, ‘we’ were nominated. It was a great recognition of how far we’ve come as a couple.”

In Concussion Will takes on the role of Dr. Bennet Omalu, who ensured the National Football League started taking players’ concussions seriously. While he’s thrilled to be nominated on a personal level, he’s also excited for the real Dr. Omalu.

“What I’m really excited about is the fact that Dr. Omalu gets to go to the Golden Globes,” he smiled. “This is the story of a man who was born during an air raid in Nigeria. His father was hit by shrapnel trying to cover his mother during his birth. So that’s where he began and dreamed about America and what this country stands for.”

Will is one of two black actors nominated in the film categories for the 2016 Golden Globes, along with Idris Elba. However, he doesn’t dwell on race issues.

“I generally try not to focus on racism or prejudice in terms of artistry in that way,” he explained. “Because I feel like your thoughts are magnetic. If I’m thinking about myself as a black dude that got nominated, I magnetise the negativity that comes around that separation. If inclusion is what I’m looking for, I have to first make my mind and heart inclusive, then trust that the world will fall in behind it.”

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