Jamie Foxx will be honored with the Spotlight Award at the annual Palm Springs Film Festival next month. According to Variety, the actor and musician will be awarded for his starring role in the new film, Just Mercy.
Based on a true story, Just Mercy follows a lawyer attempting to free a wrongfully convicted man accused of murdering an 18-year-old girl. Foxx’s role as the convicted man, Walter McMillian, has already received high praise, including a Screen Actors Guild nomination for best supporting actor.
“In Just Mercy, Jamie Foxx gives a moving and truly remarkable performance as Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death for a murder, for which he was wrongly convicted,” festival chairman Harold Matzner told the outlet. “This is an inspiring drama that brings an important story about how our justice system can fail to the big screen. It is a story that audiences should see. It is our honor to present the Spotlight Award [to] Jamie Foxx.”
Destin Daniel Cretton directed the film, which hit theaters on Christmas Day (Dec. 25). Just Mercy also starred Michael B. Jordan as attorney Bryan Stevenson, Brie Larson, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson and Rafe Spall.
Foxx joins Palm Springs Film Festival honoree Cynthia Erivo for her starring role in Harriet, Pain and Glory’s Antonio Banderas, Laura Dern for Marriage Story, Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers, Zack Gottsagen for The Peanut Butter Falcon, Joker’s Joaquin Phoenix, Martin Scorsese for The Irishman, Charlize Theron in Bombshell and Judy’s Renée Zellweger.
Past recipients of the Spotlight Award have included Timothée Chalamet, Bryan Cranston, Andrew Garfield, Sam Rockwell and J.K. Simmons. The award will be presented at the festival’s annual gala held on Jan. 2, with the festival running from Jan. 2 to Jan. 13.
The award marks the first time Foxx will be honored at the Palm Springs Film Festival. The “Blame It” singer was previously awarded with Best Actor Award for Ray at the 2005 Academy Awards and Golden Globes— along with his many other accolades.