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Will Smith wins big with different Academy

Smith won the 1st Cadet Choice Movie Award
February 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Will Smith wasn't nominated for an Oscar this year, but his role in "I Am Legend" has earned a different "academy" award - from the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy. Smith was named the first winner of the Cadet Choice Movie Award, which was designed to honor the fictional character that best personifies West Point leadership qualities on the silver screen.

Smith's character in the film, Army virologist Dr. Robert Neville, is the lone survivor of a zombie-making virus that devastates Manhattan.

Nominated for his "value-based leadership," Neville received 27 percent of the cadets' 2,200 online votes.

Runners-up included King Leonidas of "300," portrayed by Gerard Butler, and John McClane of "Live Free or Die Hard," portrayed by Bruce Willis.

 

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