I tend to believe the Best Actor Oscar race is between Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog) and Will Smith (King Richard). Having seen both of their performances, they’re both worthy and I would honestly be happy with either one winning. But I do think Will Smith might deserve it more? He was really good in King Richard, so much so that I got mad at him for doing way too much last fall as he promoted his tell-all memoir alongside King Richard. There was headline after headline about his marriage, his sex life, his wife’s entanglements… and too few headlines about his great performance as Richard Williams, father to Venus and Serena Williams. Anyway, Will won the SAG for Best Actor, so he’s pulling out ahead of Benedict in the Oscar race. It will be curious to see if he loses the Oscar though – if he does, it will be because of his TMI last fall. If he wins, it will be in spite of the TMI (and because he’s legitimately built up a ton of goodwill within the industry, plus a great performance).
Will and Jada Smith walked the carpet together and people were fawning all over Jada’s vintage Gareth Pugh gown. It was too covered up? It was too severe! She looked like she was in costume. I do love that she rocked a bald head though.
Here’s Venus Williams in Dolce & Gabbana – I love that she went to the SAGs. She and Serena plan to come to the Oscars too. They produced King Richard and signed off on it. Vee went to the SAGs with her sister Isha.
All of the other actors from King Richard came out, and they were very popular within the SAG room. Aunjanue Ellis (who plays Oracene Price, and got an Oscar nomination) was there, as were the two child actors who played the young Venus and Serena, Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton. Saniyya wore Zuhair Murad (the beautiful blue gown) and Demi wore Celine.
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