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Ray and Foxx hailed by black civil rights group

Story by: Jack Foley

TAYLOR Hackford's Oscar-winning biopic, Ray, has picked up four awards from a US black civil rights group, including an outstanding actor prize for its star, Jamie Foxx.

Ray was named outstanding movie at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) ceremony in Los Angeles, while Foxx was named outstanding actor, adding to his best actor prize at the recent Academy Awards.

His co-stars, Kerry Washington and Regina King, were also praised for their roles.

The awards - now in their 36th year - are presented on an annual basis to black artists who are perceived to break down the race barriers through their work.

And Foxx, who also won Golden Globe and Screen Actors' Guild awards for his portrayal of the late music legend, Ray Charles, was at pains to point out what 'an absolute wonderful ride' the whole experience had been.

A further acting award was presented to Morgan Freeman, for his supporting role in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby.

This year's Oscars marked the first time that both of the top two male acting awards went to black stars.

In the music industry, singer Alicia Keys received two trophies for outstanding song and music video for her hit, If I Ain't Got You.

While Kanye West was named outstanding new artist for his album The College Dropout.

And Grammy-winner Usher was honoured as outstanding male artist.

Prince received the Vanguard award and performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion event.

Actor, Chris Tucker, hosted the ceremony.

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