Slap or No Slap — ‘Emancipation’ Is an Oscar Contender for Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua

Will Smith is between a Chris Rock and a hard place.The speculation surrounding Apple Original Films’ “Emancipation” and Smith, its star and producer, has been the watercooler talk of awards season and the bane of awards prognosticators tracking their charts.

Will voters embrace the epic? Can they or should they?Following his slapping of the comedian at the 94th Oscars, Smith resigned from AMPAS and was banned from attending the ceremony or other Academy-sponsored events for 10 years.

However, that doesn’t preclude the “King Richard” best actor winner from being nominated or even winning another statuette during that period.

Nor should it prevent Antoine Fuqua’s film from being considered for accolades.If you removed “the slap” from the equation, this awards season’s directing race narrative would probably have been trending toward Steven Spielberg (“The Fabelmans”) versus Fuqua (and it still can).

Indeed, this is Fuqua’s “Schindler’s List

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