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Best Actor Nominee: Jamie Foxx

Film: Ray

Previous best actor wins for role: Boston Society of Film Critics; National Board of Review; National Society of Film Critics; Seattle Film Critics; Southeastern Film Critics; Golden Globe (Musical or Comedy); Screen Actors Guild

Previous Oscar wins/nominations: None

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Character Bio: By now we’ve heard all the stories on how Jamie Foxx prepared himself to play the legendary Ray Charles, a poor, blind boy from Georgia who became one of the music industry’s most powerful forces. Foxx had his eyes prosthetically sealed shut to render him effectively blind and mastered Charles’ piano playing techniques. But what you have to see for yourself is how the actor embodies the beloved musician, body and soul. Through Foxx, Ray is the sweet womanizer, the heroin addict who kicks the habit but most importantly, the fiercely determined and ambitious pioneer of soul music.

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