Why Will Smith May Be an Oscar Candidate Again

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As a young man, Will Smith wanted to become the biggest movie star in the world

He began, as we have said, as a rap and hip-hop star. Willard Carroll Smith or Will Smith, as he would be known worldwide, was a boy from Philadelphia, born in 1968 and nicknamed “prince” by his classmates because of his charm, humor and magnetism. However, under that ultra-sympathetic facade he hid a wounded being with many internal injuries. As revealed in his memoir book, Will (published here by Planeta), his father was violent and alcoholic, and his relationship with him was extremely complex. “When he was nine years old,” he explains in the book, “I saw my father hit my mother over the head with such force that she collapsed. I saw her spit blood from her. That moment in that room, probably more than any other moment in my life, has defined who I am (…). In everything I’ve done since, the awards and the accolades, the spotlights and the attention, the characters and the laughs, there’s been a subtle chain of apologies to my mom for not performing that day. For failing him at that time. For not facing my father. For being a coward.”

his parents separated when he was a teenager (they would end up divorcing years later). A little later, his career took off: before finishing high school he had already recorded an album, in 1989 he won his first Grammy (along with his partner Jeffrey Townes, he was the first hip-hop artist to achieve it) and at the age of 18 he already he was a millionaire.

Bradley Cooper, for ‘Maestro’

Bradley Cooper’s second film as a director after the extraordinary ‘A Star Is Born’ will focus on the figure of the American composer, pianist and conductor Leonard Bernstein. The film has the approval of Steven Spielberg through his production company, Amblin Entertainment, and has names like Martin Scorsese and Todd Phillips behind the project. Cooper has written the script with Josh Singer (immersed in the writing of films like ‘Spotlight’ or ‘First Man’) and will also star in a film that will mix drama with the musical genre. Bradley is in great shape and has four nominations without yet winning an Oscar, which already seems to take too long. Netflix will distribute the film worldwide.

After winning the Oscar with ‘CODA’, AppleTV comes this year in a big way. Martin Scorsese’s latest film, about murders in the Osage tribe in the United States, was acquired by the platform to fully compete at the 2023 Oscars. With a cast that includes stars like Leonardo DiCaprio or Robert De Niro, Plemons is the protagonist of this detective story with the aroma of a western that may mean the second nomination of his career in a row. With a budget of 200 million and no release date yet, Plemons is already one of the names being considered in the bets, due to his indisputable talent to shine in movies with big names.

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