Will Smith Clinches First Award for Venus and Serena Williams’ ‘King Richard’

Published 01/10/2022, 12:20 AM EST


Covering the heroics of Serena and Venus Williams’ father Richard Williams, a biopic ”King Richard” was released in November 2021. Expectedly, the movie gained a lot of appreciation from critics, for its inspiring story and performances. Will Smith, who portrayed Richard, gained a lot of appreciation for his role in particular, even generating some Oscar buzz.

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Recently, Will Smith won his first major award for his performance in King Richard as he secured a Golden Globe for the first time in his career. Astonishingly, the veteran actor has been nominated six times for the accolade, but this was his first win.

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Will Smith wins the ‘Best Performance’ Golden Globe

”King Richard” is a biographical drama based on the real-life story of Serena and Venus‘ father. Overcoming many hardships and hurdles, Richard trained the Williams’ sisters to become the world’s best tennis players.

Demi Singleton, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Saniyya Sidney attend the 2021 AFI Fest Closing Night Premiere screening for “King Richard” at TCL Chinese theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 14, 2021. REUTERS/Ringo Chiu

Venus and Serena themselves are the executive producers of the movie. Remarkably, the movie had gained many nominations for the ‘Golden Globe’ award. And, now the movie has secured its first big win. American actor, Will Smith was awarded the Best Film Actor (Drama).

Smith related to Serena Williams’ father

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When Will Smith read the script of the movie, he found similarities between his father and Serena’s father. Smith said“Richard Williams is a lot like my father. So when I first read [the script], I understood what it’s like to want your kids to succeed. I had done it a little bit with my kids.”

He further added, “I understood what it was to try to mold a young mind, how it’s different with sons than it is with daughters.” The biggest award the movie could win, however, is the inspiration it will provide to parents to push their daughters towards sports, rather than restricting them.

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Notably, despite his successful career, Will is still aiming for his first Oscar. Do you think after ‘Golden Globe’, the Oscar would be the next award for Will?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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