Foxx wins Oscar for Ray

2005-02-28 06:43
<b>Actor Jamie Foxx accepts the Oscar for best actor for his work in <i>Ray</i>" at the 77th Academy Awards. (Mark J Terrill, AP)</b>

Actor Jamie Foxx accepts the Oscar for best actor for his work in Ray" at the 77th Academy Awards. (Mark J Terrill, AP)

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Hollywood - Jamie Foxx hit a high note on Sunday, winning the best actor Oscar for his electrifying turn as blind soul legend Ray Charles in the biopic Ray.

Foxx, who made his dramatic acting debut only six years ago, had been heavily favoured to win for his portrayal of the US musician's rise from a poor and tragic childhood to fame and fortune and a life of heroin addiction and womanising.

An emotional Foxx was greeted by a standing ovation as he started to sing in homage to Charles.

"Give it up for Ray Charles and his beautiful legacy, thank you for living," he said.

Foxx, choking back tears, thanked his late grandmother who raised him.

"She was my first acting teacher," he said. "She said, 'Act like you got some sense. Act like you been somewhere."

"She still talks to me, only now she talks to me in my dreams," he said. "And I can't wait to go to sleep tonight because we've got a lot to talk about."

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