Sunday night (April 25), the jazz-inspired animated film Soul won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Pixar’s first film starring a predominantly black cast also became the only movie ever to win that award without playing in U.S. movie theaters.
With theaters across the country closed at the time of its release, Soul premiered on Christmas Day on the Disney+ streaming service. The film, which tells the tale of Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx), a band teacher with dreams of becoming a professional musician, was an instant hit with critics and audiences alike.
Following Soul’s win, Foxx took to Instagram and expressed gratitude for the award and a career filled with memorable moments.
“Blessed beyond measure.” He wrote in the caption. “Humbled in the moment. From Terrell Texas. Still that country boy. Never changing. Estelle Talley raised. @deondra1984 loved. My heart is full.”
In 2005, Foxx won the Oscar for Best Actor for his unforgettable portrayal of legendary musician Ray Charles in the biopic, Ray. That same year, he was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Collateral, starring Tom Cruise.
Black Celebrities From the South
1. Pharrell Williams - Virginia1 of 19
2. Monica - Georgia2 of 19
3. Ludacris - Georgia3 of 19
4. Missy Elliott - Virginia4 of 19
5. Lionel Richie - Alabama5 of 19
6. Laverne Cox - Alabama6 of 19
7. Robin Roberts - Alabama7 of 19
8. Octavia Spencer - Alabama8 of 19
9. Nina Simone - North CarolinaSource:Associated Press 9 of 19
10. J. Cole - North Carolina10 of 19
11. Jermaine Dupri - GeorgiaSource:Associated Press 11 of 19
12. Juicy J - Tennessee12 of 19
13. Trina - Florida13 of 19
14. Scottie Pippen - Arkansas14 of 19
15. Joe Jackson - Arkansas15 of 19
16. Lil Wayne - Louisiana16 of 19
17. Master P - Louisiana17 of 19
18. Anthony Mackie - Louisiana18 of 19
19. Luke James - Louisiana19 of 19
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