WRITTEN BY SHAURYA THAKUR
Will Smith gave his first award ceremony speech since the 'Slapgate' at the African American Film Critics Association Awards
The African American Film Critics Association Awards presented Will Smith with the Beacon Award.
Will Smith's 'Emancipation' co-star Charmaine Bingwa and AAFCA cofounder Gil L. Robertson introduced Will Smith.
In his speech, Will Smith thanked the team behind 'Emancipation,' conveying his love and support for everyone who got the movie made.
He applauded Apple TV for getting behind the movie. He said it was with their consistent support and understanding the film came to be.
In 'Emancipation,' Will Smith plays Peter, an enslaved person who escapes Louisiana in search of freedom.
Will Smith will return for the fourth film in the 'Bad Boys' franchise with Martin Lawrence.
Will Smith spoke to Variety before the award function, saying he was glad to be back working with a familiar cast and crew on the 'Bad Boys' film.