“The film he should have won the Oscar for”: Even His Fans Agree after Will Smith Chooses Another Movie Over Men in Black as His Best Work

Will Smith eats spicy wings and talks about his favorite movies throughout his career.

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  • Will Smith has given a number of Oscar-worthy performances in his career.
  • Smith recently picked The Pursuit of Happyness as his best film ever.
  • Fans agree and wish that he had won an Oscar for the same.
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Few actors have reached the level of fame Will Smith has in his astonishing career. From his early days in sitcoms like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to blockbuster hits like Men in Black, Smith has come a long way. However, it took a long time for him to get his efforts recognized, as he won his only Oscar in 2022 in his decades-long career.


Will Smith as the Genie in Aladdin [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
Will Smith as the Genie in Aladdin [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
Will Smith won his first Academy Award for King Richard in 2022 for Best Actor in a Leading Role. However, both Smith and his fans believe that he should’ve won an Oscar long ago, in a film Smith declared as the best movie he had ever been in.

Will Smith reveals The Pursuit of Happyness is his best film ever

Will Smith‘s repertoire consists of all the genres you can think of – action, comedy, romance, drama – you name it. However, The Pursuit of Happyness remains a unique entry that stays close to his heart even to this day.


In a recent visit to the Hot Ones, Smith talked about which film he considered his best. He revealed, while almost choking on spicy wings:

Will Smith Can't See While Eating Spicy Wings | Hot Ones

I think the individual best movie, all around, that I’ve ever made is ‘The Pursuit of Happyness,’ right behind that is the first ‘Men In Black.’ The direction, cinematography, and music…

I think among the most fun I’ve ever had making a movie is like ‘Bad Boys’ and ‘Aladdin’ like just the most fun. If I had to put four of them in a time capsule it would be ‘The Pursuit of Happyness,’ the first ‘Men In Black,’ ‘I Am Legend,’ and probably ‘King Richard.’

Based on the true story of Chris Gardner, the film sees his journey from being a down-on-his-luck single father to becoming a successful stockbroker through sheer will and grit. The film brought a lot of viewers to tears, as Chris finally succeeds after going through humiliating hardships and providing for his son.


A lot of fans believe Will Smith’s performance as Chris Gardener should’ve won him an Academy Award.

Fans wish Will Smith had won an Oscar for The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness has the distinction of being one of the very few movies where the parent-child dynamic was portrayed by real-life father and son. It was one of the reasons why Smith’s performance was so authentic, as he was not just acting out his character; he was seeing through the eyes of a struggling father.

Fans took to X and wished Smith had won an Oscar for his role:



Though Will Smith was nominated for his role in The Pursuit of Happyness, the Oscar for Best Actor eventually went to Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland. However, Smith would go on to win Best Actor at the 2022 Academy Awards for King Richard, a sports drama based on a true story.


Despite no Oscar wins, The Pursuit of Happyness will go down in history as one of the most inspiring stories that stood the test of time, a testament to Will Smith’s tremendous acting skill.

The Pursuit of Happyness is available to rent on Apple TV+.

Sayantan Choudhary

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