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Will Smith and Norman Lear to be honoured at Russell Simmons' inaugural awards show

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Will Smith and Norman Lear to be honoured at Russell Simmons' inaugural awards show

Actor Will Smith and playwright Norman Lear will be honoured at Russell Simmons' inaugural awards show celebrating diversity in film.

The Men in Black star will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Lear will be honoured with the Vanguard Award for his career contributions at the All Def Movie Awards on 24 February (16) at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.

"Will Smith has broken all barriers in music, film, theater and television," Simmons says. "As a Grammy Award-winner, television star and the most accomplished and bankable film artist in the world, Will uses his powerful voice for social change. The All Def Movie Awards are enormously proud to honor Will Smith and his incredible body of work with our first Lifetime Achievement Award."

"As a writer, director, producer and author, Norman has been a true champion for people of color," he adds. "He shined a light on the marginalised in our society and made us laugh. He wrote aspirational and inspirational roles for minorities. He gave us dignity with "Good Times." He gave the working class a voice in "Sanford and Son." And most important to me, with "The Jeffersons," he showed us that a black man could be rich and successful and do the unthinkable: he could curse at the white man while standing up for what he believes in."

While Will's work is being acknowledged by the inaugural show, the same cannot be said for the Oscars, where the star's work on movie Concussion was seemingly snubbed.

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