Will Smith received his first of two nominations for playing Muhammad Ali. Ali goes through Ali's life and Smith plays him the whole time through this rather shaky biopic.
This performance is not a good one at all. Smith here falls in the many pitfalls of a bad performance a real life person. Smith never ever seemed like Muhammad Ali to me, he always seemed like Will Smith failing to try to act like him. His voice is odd and improper rather than effective. The voice does not really sound like Ali one bit, which is just one part of the performance that does not work. The mannerisms are equally faulty, lacking any real effect and they just come off as distracting and false.