Will Smith's career as a movie star has been defined by a commitment to his brand. And that rarely leaves room for art.
As such, Smith hasn't made many movies that would interest Oscar voters. He hasn't made many movies lately, period, starrring in only three films this decade -- "Focus," "After Earth" and "Men in Black 3."
Tellingly, though, on the two occasions Smith has ventured outside his comfort zone as a lead -- Michael Mann's boxing biopic "Ali" and the tough-minded father-son drama "The Pursuit of Happyness" -- the film academy rewarded him with Oscar nominations.