Will Smith was out of the country when his wife Jada Pinkett Smith posted her Facebook announcement that she was boycotting the Oscars over the lack of diversity in nominees, including the snub of her husband for “Concussion.”
So he found out about the same time everybody else did — and he couldn’t be more supportive.
“She’s deeply passionate and when she is moved she has to go,” the actor tells Good Morning America. “I heard her words and I was knocked over. I was happy to be married to that woman.”
Will Smith now will join his wife in staying away from the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, the latest high-profile Hollywood figure to take a stand in the #OscarsSoWhite controversy following the all-white slate of acting nominees. Spike Lee, an honorary Oscar recipient this year, says he won’t attend.
“We’ve discussed it,” Smith says. “We’re part of this community but at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is OK.”
Plus, he joked, “It would be awkward to show up with Charlize [Theron].”