THE QUESTION: Will Smith is nominated for an Academy Award for best actor in The Pursuit of Happyness. What's your favorite Smith movie and why?

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One of my favorites is also one of Will Smith's first - Six Degrees of Separation. Smith showed that he had a future in acting in this movie.

Starring with veterans Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland, Smith held his own and gave a very believable performance. This movie was not mainline cinema, and many people have never heard of it, but it is well worth watching. Smith plays a young man trying to survive by pretending he is the son of famous parents and befriending a young man with rich parents in order to live the lifestyle he so desires. See the film to find out how he gets caught up in a myriad of lies and deceit. Though this performance has gone unnoticed by many, it is truly Will Smith's finest hour.

Bonnie Gillette, Baltimore

THE NEXT QUESTION Basic Instinct 2 and Little Man are leading contenders for the Razzies, awards that measure the depths to which Hollywood can sink. What movie did you see in the past year that left you crying for the 120 minutes and $8 you'll never get back?

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