Tuesday’s article by The Hollywood Reporter listed Will Smith as one of several Oscar contenders whose behavior off-screen might affect their success during award season, which has angered some of Smith’s supporters.
In March, after Chris Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, on stage at the Academy Awards, Smith slapped him. The incident largely overshadowed the rest of the ceremony that evening. Smith expressed regret for his outburst to both Rock and the Academy. He later left the Academy and was prohibited from participating in any events for the following ten years.
Smith was listed by The Hollywood Reporter on Monday as one of the Oscar contenders who might experience difficulty or criticism if they are successful in winning the prize due to their actions. Actors Casey Affleck, Letitia Wright, and Brad Pitt were also included on the list. Along with a number of other filmmakers, the article also mentioned Roman Polanski and Woody Allen.