Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for his performance in the biographical film “Ray”, so he doesn’t understand why black actors who haven’t won an Academy Award are so pressed. According to Foxx, it’s all about getting the opportunity to perform your art, and if you #actbetter, you’ll achieve more.
During an appearance at the American Black Film Festival awards on Sunday, Foxx joked that he and Denzel Washington, also an Academy Award winner, didn’t understand why black actors were rushing to boycott the Oscars.
“All these Oscar talks, I don’t even trip about that,” said Foxx, according to US Weekly. “I mean, what’s the big deal? I was sitting at home with my Oscar, like ‘What’s all the hubbub?’”
He joked: “Me and Denzel were like, ‘Hashtag what’s the big deal? Hashtag act better.’”
Speaking of Sidney Poitier, who won an Oscar in 1964, Foxx said it’s all about being given the opportunity.
“I was with Sidney Poitier just a couple weeks ago, and in 1963 all he asked for was an opportunity to act,” Foxx said. “That’s all we have to do: opportunity. If you turn the camera on and say, ‘OK … win an award … and action,’ we’ll all have taken 10 steps back. It’s all about the art. Who cares about anything else?”
As Page Six reported, Foxx also poked fun at Will Smith’s fake Nigerian accent in “Concussion.”
Jada Pinkett Smith caused a firestorm of controversy when she published a video criticizing the Academy and announcing that she wouldn’t be attending the awards gala.
“The Academy has the right to acknowledge whomever they choose, to invite whomever they choose and now I think that it’s our responsibility, now, to make the change,” Pinkett Smith said in her video. “Maybe it is time that we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities and our programs and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit, that are just as good as the so-called ‘mainstream’ ones.”
Source: Your Black World