Will Smith among NAACP Image Awards attendees and presenters
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith doesn’t plan to be at the Academy Awards, but he’s scheduled to attend the NAACP Image Awards.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says the “Concussion” star is among the nominees expected to attend Friday’s ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Southern California.
Smith is up for the outstanding actor in a motion picture trophy alongside Abraham Attah, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan and Michael Ealy.
Some of Hollywood’s prominent African-Americans, including Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith, have said they won’t attend this year’s Oscar ceremony after a second season of all-white acting nominees.
Other celebrities expected to attend and present NAACP Image Awards include Jordan, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Ice Cube and the cast of “Empire.”
“black-ish” star Anthony Anderson is hosting.