In a surprising and heartwarming turn of events, Jamie Foxx took center stage at the Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Cinema and Television: Honoring Black, Latino, and AAPI Achievements on Monday night. This marked Foxx’s first public appearance since his hospitalization in April due to a medical complication.
Foxx, whose attendance was not pre-announced, was bestowed with the Vanguard Award for his stellar performance in “The Burial.” The event, held at the Fairmont Plaza Hotel in Century City, witnessed Foxx’s unassisted walk to the stage, showcasing his trademark wit and humor.
“I couldn’t do that six months ago,” he chuckled, dismissing the rumors of being a clone. “It feels good to be here. I cherish every single minute now; it’s different. I wouldn’t wish what I went through on my worst enemy because it’s tough when it’s almost over, when you see the tunnel. I saw the tunnel; I didn’t see the light.”
Reflecting on his recent health challenges, Foxx shared, “I have a new respect for life, I have a new respect for my art. I watched so many movies and listened to so many songs trying to have the time go by. Don’t give up on your art, man, don’t give up.”
Jurnee Smollett, co-star in “The Burial,” presented the award, praising Foxx as a “true vanguard” and “a pioneer who has broken down barriers.” Foxx received a standing ovation, marking a triumphant return to Hollywood events.
The celebration also honored Charles Melton, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Greta Lee, Colman Domingo, Damson Idris, Jeffrey Wright, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and others. Notably, Foxx’s producer for “They Cloned Tyrone,” Macro chief Charles D. King, was also among the esteemed honorees.
Foxx’s hospitalization in April was initially shared by his daughter Corinne, who confirmed his recovery in May. The exact details of his medical issue remain private. Monday night’s event not only celebrated Foxx’s resilience but also highlighted the achievements of various talents in the industry.