VIA| Actor Jamie Foxx spoke on Sunday at the American black film festival awards about the Oscar controversy that had many black actors mad at the lack of nominations received this year.
“All these Oscar talks, I don’t even trip about that,” said Foxx.
“I mean, what’s the big deal? I was sitting at home with my Oscar, like ‘What’s all the hubbub?’”
Foxx won Best Actor in a Leading Role for his 2004 performance in the movie ‘Ray’.
Fox said, “Me and Denzel were like, ‘Hashtag what’s the big deal? Hashtag act better.’”
He cited Sidney Poitier, who became the first black winner of the best actor Oscar in 1964 for his turn in Lilies of the Field.
“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?”