Golden Globes 2023: Will Smith's Emancipation SNUBBED after slap
12th December 2022

Golden Globes 2023: Will Smith’s comeback movie Emancipation SNUBBED after Oscars slap – signaling he may be out of awards season race

Will Smith’s comeback movie Emancipation has been sensationally snubbed in the 80th annual Golden Globes nominations – nine months after he infamously slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.

The Hollywood star, 54, has embarked on a ‘apology tour’ in recent weeks as he plugged the movie – but his efforts to start his awards season race proved futile as the historical thriller did not receive a single nod.

Emancipation is a historical thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua, in which the Fresh Prince actor stars as an enslaved man named Peter who escapes from a Louisiana plantation and braves treacherous territory and slave hunters to make it up north to Union territory, where he is able to join the fight against the Confederacy.

The film was inspired by the life of a former slave immortalised in horrifying photos of his back, which was covered in spiderwebbing keloid scars from repeated whippings.

Oh dear: Will Smith’s comeback movie Emancipation has been sensationally snubbed in the 80th annual Golden Globes nominations – 10 months after he infamously slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars

Smith has been attempting to get his £285million career back on track with the film, but recently said  he ‘completely understands’ if people are deterred from watching his new film.

He said: ‘I completely understand — if someone is not ready, I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready.

The Seven Pounds actor added that he hopes his actions won’t negatively affect the team who have worked on the film, which is his first project since the slap.

He said: ‘My deepest concern is my team – Antoine [Fuqua] has done what I think is the greatest work of his entire career. 

As the awards show has been accused of having a lack of diversity, perhaps the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) wanted to steer clear of controversy as Smith, 54, months after Smith’s infamous slap of Chris Rock at The Oscars back in March

‘The people on this team have done some of the best work of their entire careers, and my deepest hope is that my actions don’t penalize my team. At this point, that’s what I’m working for.’ 

Will’s now infamous Oscars slap occurred during the 94th Academy Awards on Monday, March 27. The annual ceremony was hosted by comedians Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes.

Among the A-list presenters was comedian Chris Rock, who hit the stage during the ceremony to present the award for Best Documentary Feature Film.

Before handing out the trophy, Rock made an ill-timed joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Jada has openly spoken about suffering from alopecia in the past.

Will, clearly enraged by the jab, stormed the stage and proceeded to slap Rock for making the joke.

Joke: Independence Day star Smith has previously said he was left incensed by a joke Rock made about his wife’s lack of hair, which she shaved off to cover up hair loss she had experienced (pictured March at the Oscars) 

History: Emancipation is a historical thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua, in which the Fresh Prince actor stars as an enslaved man named Peter who escapes from a Louisiana plantation

Smith’s shocking assault occurred moments before he took home the Best Actor gong for his portrayal of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams’s devoted father in the film King Richard.  

In a rambling acceptance speech a sobbing Smith admitted that ‘love makes you do crazy things’ – but tellingly failed to apologise to Rock for his assault. He did, however, apologise to the Academy and his fellow nominees.

In response to the incident, the Academy placed a 10 year Oscars ban on Will. In a statement, they declared that the 2022 Academy Awards were ‘overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behaviour we saw Mr Smith exhibit on stage.’

It took four months for Smith to issue an apology to Rock, which came in the form of an emotional YouTube video.

‘Chris, I apologise to you. My behaviour was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk,’ he said directly into the camera. Smith noted that he has since reached out to Rock but the comedian was not ready.

Will has been working hard to rehabilitate his once squeaky clean image by speaking openly about that ‘horrific night’ and admitting his wrongdoings.

Following the shocking slap, Variety originally reported that Apple planned to delay the film until 2023 to let the controversy die down.

However, it was released December 2 in cinemas, followed by a streaming release on Apple TV+ on December 9.

The streaming service may have still given up its plans of having a hit for awards season, as the film may lose out on potential profits due to the short theatrical window.  


Best Picture – Drama

Avatar: The Way of Water


The Fabelmans


Top Gun: Maverick

Best Picture – Musical/Comedy

The Banshees of Inisherin

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Triangle of Sadness

Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama

Cate Blanchett – TAR

Olivia Coleman – Empire of Light

Viola Davis – The Woman King

Ana de Armas – Blonde

Michelle Williams – The Fabelmans

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Austin Butler – Elvis

Brendan Fraser – The Whale

Hugh Jackman – The Son

Bill Nighy – Living

Jeremy Pope – The Inspection

Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy

Lesley Manville – Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Margot Robbie – Babylon

Anya Taylor-Joy – The Menu

Emma Thompson – Good Luck To You, Leo Grande

Michell Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All At Once

Best Actor – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy

Diego Calva – Babylon

Daniel Craig – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Adam Driver: White Noise

Colin Farrell: The Banshees of Inisherin

Ralph Fiennes: The Menu

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Brendan Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin

Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin

Brad Pitt – Babylon

Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All At Once

Eddie Redmayne – The Good Nurse

Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture 

Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Kerry Condon: The Banshees of Inisherin

Jamie Lee Curtis: Everything Everywhere All At Once

Dolly De Leon: Triangle of Sadness

Carey Mulligan: She Said

Best Director – Motion Picture

James Cameron – Avatar: The Way of Water 

Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Baz Luhrmann – Elvis

Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin 

Steven Spielberg: The Fabelmans 

Best Screenplay Motion Picture

Todd Field – TAR

Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin 

Sarah Polley – Women Talking

Tony Kushner, Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans 

Best Picture – Animated

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio 


Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Turning Red 

Best Picture – Non-English language (Formerly Foreign Language)

All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany)

Argentina, 1985 (Argentina)

Close (Netherlands, France, Belgium)

Decision to Leave (South Korea) 

RRR (India) 

Best Score Motion Picture

Carter Burwell – The Banshees of Inisherin

Alexandre Desplat – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Hildur Guðnadóttir – Women Talking

Justin Hurwitz – Babylon

John Williams – The Fabelmans 

Best Song Motion Picture

Where the Crawdads Sing – Carolina

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – Ciao Papa

Top Gun: Maverick – Hold My Hand 

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Lift Me Up

RRR – Naatu Naatu


Best Drama Series

Better Call Saul

The Crown 

House of the Dragon 



Best Musical/ Comedy series

Abbott Elementary

The Bear 


Only Murders in the Building


Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Motion Picture 


Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story 

The Dropout

Pam & Tommy

The White Lotus 

Best Actress – Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Motion Picture

Jessica Chastain – George & Tammy

Julia Garner – Inventing Anna

Lily James – Pam & Tommy

Julia Roberts – Gaslit

Amanda Seyfried – The Dropout

Best Actor – Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Motion Picture

Taron Egerton – Blackbird 

Colin Firth – The Staircase

Andrew Garfield – Under the Banner of Heaven

Evan Peters – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Sebastian Stan – Pam & Tommy

Best Television Actress – Drama Series 

Emma D’Arcy – House of the Dragon 

Laura Linney – Ozark 

Imelda Staunton – The Crown 

Hilary Swank – Alaska Daily 

Zendaya – Euphoria

Best Television Actor – Drama Series

Jeff Bridges – The Old Man 

Kevin Costner – Yellowstone

Diego Luna – Andor

Bob Odenkirk – Better Caul Saul 

Adam Scott – Severance

Best Television Actress – Musical/Comedy Series

Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary

Kaley Cuoco –  The Flight Attendant  

Selena Gomez – Only Murders in the Building

Jenna Ortega – Wednesday 

Jean Smart – Hacks 

Best Television Actor – Musical/Comedy Series

Donald Glover – Atlanta

Bill Hader – Barry

Steve Martin – Only Murders in the Building

Martin Short – Only Murders in the Building

Jeremy Allen White – The Bear 

Best Supporting Actress – Television Limited Series/Motion Picture

Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus

Claire Danes – Fleishman Is in Trouble

Daisy Edgar-Jones – Under the Banner of Heaven 

Niecy Nash – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Aubrey Plaza – The White Lotus 

Best Supporting Actor – Television Limited Series/Motion Picture

F. Murray Abraham – The White Lotus 

Domhnall Gleeson – The Patient 

Paul Walter Hauser – Black Bird

Richard Jenkins – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Seth Rogen – Pam & Tommy 

Best Supporting Actress – Television Series 

Elizabeth Debicki – The Crown

Hannah Einbinder – Hacks

Julia Garner – Ozark 

Janelle James – Abbott Elementary

Sheryl Lee Ralph – Abbott Elementary

Best Supporting Actor – Television Series

John Lithgow – The Old Man

Jonathan Pryce – The Crown

John Turturro – Severance 

Tyler James Williams – Abbott Elementary

Henry Winkler – Barry


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