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Will Smith: 'I'm proud of Jada's passion'

Published 21/01/2016

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith

Will Smith hopes his family can be part of the solution in trying to get black actors and directors more recognition.

Will Smith was "knocked over" when he learnt his wife Jada had lent her voice to the Oscars race row.

The 47-year-old actor was hotly tipped to receive a nod for a best actor Academy Award thanks to his role as Dr. Bennet Omalu in drama movie Concussion. However when the nominations were announced last Thursday (14Jan16) fans and celebrities alike were left shocked that no black stars featured in any of the lead categories.

Jada is one of those A-listers who has been extremely vocal about the issue and, along with others, even triggered a statement from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Will wasn't even in the country while all of this took place, including when his spouse said she'd boycott the ceremony in Hollywood next month (Feb16).

"I came home, ‘What happened?’” he laughed to Good Morning America on Thursday (21Jan16). “She’s deeply passionate, and when she is moved, she has to go.

“I heard her words and I was knocked over. I was happy to be married to that woman. There’s a position that we hold in this community, and if we’re not a part of the solution, we’re part of the problem. And it was her call to action for herself and for me and for our family to be a part of the solution.”

It seems Will is standing by his wife in not attending the event, joking it would be "awkward" for him to rock up to the red carpet with Charlize Theron, who he starred opposite in Hancock and The Legend of Bagger Vance.

Will isn't taking the blow hard though, as he's already been up for the golden statue twice and pointed out during his chat that he lost out to Denzel Washington in 2001 and Forest Whitaker in 2006, which he found amazing in itself.

However he would like to see more action taken when it comes to ensuring things are fair in his country: "I think diversity is the American superpower - that's why we're great."

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