Jamie Foxx is getting honored in a big way at the American Black Film Festival. The Just Mercy actor will receive the Excellence in the Arts Award for his critically acclaimed work.
Foxx won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 for his role as Ray Charles in Ray. That same year, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Collateral. His newest film, Just Mercy, is nominated for the Movie of the Year award at the American Black Film Festival Honors.
“We are honoring Jamie Foxx for his phenomenal body of work, which spans comedy, music, television and film,” said American Black Film Festival Ventures CEO Jeff Friday. “We are honored to celebrate his achievements and contributions to black culture and entertainment.”
Previous recipients of this award include Regina King, Don Cheadle, Terrence Howard, and director F. Gary Gray.
Foxx recently received the Spotlight Award at the annual Palm Springs Film Festival last month for his role in Just Mercy.
“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 said. “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.”
Based on a true story, Just Mercy follows a lawyer’s attempt to free a wrongfully convicted man accused of murdering an 18-year-old girl. Foxx plays the convicted man, Walter McMillian, and his role has received high praise. He recently snagged a Screen Actors Guild nomination for best supporting actor.
Destin Daniel Cretton directed the film, which hit theaters on Christmas Day. Just Mercy also stars Michael B. Jordan as attorney Bryan Stevenson, Brie Larson, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson and Rafe Spall.
The 2020 American Black Film Festival Honors is set to take place on Feb. 23 in Los Angeles and will be hosted by comedian and actor Deon Cole.