The actor, who portrays the daddy of legendary tennis champions Venus Williams and Serena Williams within the movie, gained reward from movie critics after the film premiered on the Telluride Movie Competition on Thursday.
Self-importance Honest’s chief critic Richard Lawson wrote after the competition that he believed Smith “is gonna win that Oscar.”
“I simply suppose the Smith marketing campaign has all the required elements to make it profitable,” he later added in reference to Smith profitable a Finest Actor award for his function.
Selection’s movie awards editor, Clayton Davis, wrote that Smith is at “the forefront of what is going to be a cutthroat best actor race.”
Smith has been acknowledged by the Academy for his work earlier than.
The “Recent Prince of Bel-Air” actor scored a Finest Actor nomination for portraying legendary boxer Muhammad Ali for the 2001 movie “Ali.” He additionally earned a Finest Actor nod for his function as entrepreneur Chris Gardner, who impressed the 2006 film “The Pursuit of Happyness.”
Smith, who serves as a producer for “King Richard,” stated in an Instagram put up in July that having roles that commemorate somebody’s legacy whereas they’re nonetheless alive has been certainly one of his “greatest honors” as an actor.
If Smith will get the nomination for Finest Actor — and if “King Richard” earns a nom for Finest Image — then Smith can be the second Black man to be nominated for performing and producing in the identical 12 months, Variety reported. (Denzel Washington was nominated for Finest Actor for 2016’s “Fences.” He directed and served as a producer for the movie, which was additionally nominated for Finest Image the identical 12 months.)
“King Richard” has additionally generated some Oscar buzz for Beyoncé. The movie options an unique music titled “Be Alive” by the singer and DIXSON, in keeping with Selection.
“King Richard,” directed by Reinaldo Marcus Inexperienced and written by Zach Baylin, is slated to hit U.S. theaters on Nov. 19. It would stream on HBO Max through the platform’s ad-free plan for 31 days following its theatrical launch.
The Academy is scheduled to announce Oscar nominations in February.
Calling all HuffPost superfans!
Join membership to turn out to be a founding member and assist form HuffPost’s subsequent chapter