Following the release of the 2022 film Emancipation directed by Antoine Fuqua, it has been noted that the streaming numbers have been huge. And Will Smith’s “oscar slap incident” has not affected the viewer numbers much either. Reportedly, many younger fans feel that the actor could leave the past behind and come back improved easily.  This means they are ready to support him despite what passed between the actor and Chris Rock at the Oscars.

As for Smith himself, he has taken accountability and apologized for his actions since. Apparently and surprisingly, Smith has witnessed growth in his fanbase following the infamous incident. And now his performance in Emancipation is also being considered Oscar-worthy.  There is a great chance he will get nominated for the Oscars this time. However, since he has been banned from the award ceremony, his nomination cannot be predicted for sure.

Did Will Smith’s Fanbase Increase Following his Infamous Oscar Incident?

Will Smith
Will Smith

Yes! It is apparently true that Will Smith‘s fanbase witnessed growth since the Chris Rock-Will Smith Slapping incident took place. It seems that his fans are ready to leave the past behind, especially since the actor took accountability for his actions. According to Variety, Smith’s fans who are in the age range of 18-34 are the ones who are supporting him the most. Even AppleTv+ has reported a good streaming number for the 2022 movie, Emancipation.

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Will Smith
Will Smith

Moreover, according to a 2022 survey by Maru Group/Omnibus, 29% Smith’s fans that fall in the 18-34 age range feel that he is more likable now after the infamous incident. So instead of a fall in the number of his fans, it has actually increased.

This may be due to the incident’s effect of bringing Smith to the front scene of the media. Also, his actions afterward have also been commendable. He has publicly released an apology statement to Chris Rock. And a second apology was shared via Youtube where he told his viewers how much he regretted his actions. All this resulted in fans wanting to accept and look beyond what has passed. Looking back, the incident can be regarded as an impulsive act in a few moments of anger.

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Is This His Big Hollywood Comeback?

Will Smith
Will Smith

As far as anyone can see at the moment, there is a huge possibility that Will Smith might be nominated for an Oscar. His latest movie Emancipation is directed by Antoine Fuqua and is based in 1860s Louisiana, USA. The movie revolves around and follows an enslaved man named Peter. The protagonist is played by Smith.

Even before the release, the Men in Black actor’s performance in his latest flick was making the rounds on the internet. And after its release, it has become clear to the audience that his performance is definitely oscar-worthy. The actor has been receiving praise from both fans and critics. Therefore, although he has been banned from the award ceremony, he might still be nominated. Additionally, the movie also has a big chance of making it into the Oscar nominations looking at its response.

Emancipation is available for streaming on AppleTv+.

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