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Will Smith tops celebrity guests for White House Correspondents' Dinner

Will Smith and his wife Jada are among the top names attending the annual event, which will be Obama's last as president.

Will Smith, Kerry Washington, and Kendall Jenner will be spending Saturday night (30Apr16) with U.S. President Barack Obama at the 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner.

The Men In Black star and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are among the guests of ABC News bosses, who have also invited Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes and her leading stars Kerry, Tony Goldwyn, and Scott Foley to attend.

Kim Kardashian's model sister Kendall will be seated with actors Rosario Dawson, Priyanka Chopra, Alan Cumming, Miles Teller, and Neve Campbell at Time magazine's table, while Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery will join reporters from Thomson Reuters, Jaime Alexander will attend with NBC News officials, and Ed Burns and his model wife Christy Turlington Burns have been invited by The Wall Street Journal chiefs, reports

Meanwhile, Will Smith will be reunited with his Independence Day co-stars Jeff Goldblum and Vivica A. Fox, as the actors have been invited to join the Fox News party. The movie stars, who have both reprised their roles for the forthcoming Independence Day: Resurgence, will be seated alongside the likes of wrestler-turned-actor John Cena, former N'Sync singer JC Chasez, and Oscars president Cheryl Boone Isaacs - the first high-profile event both she and the Smiths are attending following the Hollywood supercouple's Academy Awards snub in February (16).

Will and Jada famously made the controversial decision to boycott the Oscars due to a lack of diversity among the nominations, following the shortlist announcement in January (16).

At the time of the news, Will insisted his support for the boycott had nothing to do with his failure to land a Best Actor nod for his movie Concussion. Instead, he claimed the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations represented a "regression in America's society".

The 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner, which will be Obama's last in office, will be hosted by comedian Larry Wilmore and take place at the Washington Hilton.

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