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Will Smith Wins Critics Choice Awards 2022 & Calls Venus and Serena Williams 'the American Dream'

Will Smith continues to dominate awards season!

The actor won best actor at the 2022 Critics Choice Awards for his role in King Richard. The win follows wins in the same category at the 2022 SAG Awards and 2022 BAFTA Awards.

"I am here tonight with Venus and Serena [Williams] and their sister Isha," said Smith, 53, in his acceptance speech. "And I really just want to say to all of you, thank you for entrusting me with your story. What you were able to do, and what your family was able to do, inspired everyone in this room, everyone in this country and everyone around the world."

"You all define the American dream," Smith addressed the family in his speech. "You represent the best of what we all hope this world and this country can be."

Smith went on to speak about Oracene Price, the Williams sisters' mother "who, for a lot of years, took a really quiet role."

"And I love that we were able to show what your mother did to help create and mold and shape your family, and be able to show to the world the power of faith, the power of unity, the power of family, the power of discipline," he said.

Then Smith shouted out Aunjanue Ellis, who played Oracene in the movie: "In the same way I feel that your father didn't do it alone, it would be disingenuous for me to accept this [award] without acknowledging Aunjanue Ellis. Thank you, Aunjanue."

The other nominees in the category were Nicolas Cage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Dinklage, Will Smith and Denzel Washington


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