It was recently announced that Jamie Foxx will be presented with the Excellence in the Arts Award at the 2020 American Black Film Festival, which will be held on February 23 in Los Angeles.
The Excellence in Arts Award recognizes artists who have done critically acclaimed work. Recipients who have received the award in the past include Don Cheadle, Terrence Howard F. Gary Gray, and Regina King.
American Black Film Festival Ventures CEO Jeff Friday said that Foxx would be honored for his remarkable work in music, television, and film as well as his contributions to entertainment and Black culture. Other award recipients at the festival will include Lena Waithe, Louis Gossett Jr., and Cynthia Erivo.
Foxx’s most recent work was his portrayal of Walter “Johnny D” McMillian in the movie Just Mercy, which is based on a true story. McMillan was wrongly convicted and sentenced to death row until lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who started the Equal Justice Initiative, got his sentence overturned.
Foxx’s next venture will feature less of his face and more of his voice. He will do the voice of a character in the upcoming Pixar movie, Soul. Soul will premiere in theaters on June 19.