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
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
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.