It was recently revealed that Smith had taken it upon himself to help sell Howard's acclaimed movie HUSTLE + FLOW to voters - even though he didn't star in the film.
And Oscar-winning RAY star Foxx has also assured Howard, who created additional buzz with his movie CRASH, that he'll be helping him secure an award.
Howard says, "Jamie Foxx left a message the other day. He said, 'Yeah, man. We're going to work on getting this nomination and getting you one of them statues in your hand. So let me know whatever it is you need me to do, and I'm going to do it.'"
Howard adds of his chances of scooping an Oscar on 5 March, "I wish, I wish."