At the Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Cinema & Television, where Black, Latino, and AAPI achievements were honored, Jamie Foxx delivered an emotionally charged speech upon receiving the Vanguard Award. Having faced a medical complication that led to his hospitalization in April, Foxx, who has maintained a relatively low profile since, expressed gratitude for the support.
Acknowledging his recent health challenges, he disclosed, “I’ve been through something. You know, it’s crazy, I couldn’t do that six months ago. I couldn’t actually walk.” He was presented the award by Jurnee Smollett for his role in Amazon Prime Video’s The Burial.
Injecting humor, Foxx addressed rumors of being “cloned,” asserting, “And I’m not a clone.” Lightening the atmosphere, he quipped, “I know a lot of people was saying I was cloned out there… Boy, y’all ain’t shit.”
Reflecting on his near-death experience, he shared, “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 ’cause it’s tough when you almost… when it’s almost over, when you see the tunnel.”
Discussing his glimpse of the afterlife, he humorously remarked, “I saw the tunnel. I didn’t see the light! It was hot in that tunnel so I didn’t know where I was going. ‘Shit, am I going to the right place?'”
Foxx continued, emphasizing his gratitude for recovery, stating, “I want to say six months ago I couldn’t fathom that this could happen or that I would be here, but as I walk up here to this microphone and get this Vanguard Award, all I can say is ‘Lord, have mercy, Jesus.’”
This marks Foxx's first public appearance since the hospitalization, and he humorously addressed concerns about his eyesight, assuring, “I went to hell and back [and] my road to recovery had some potholes as well. Some people said I was blind, but as you can see, the eyes are working just fine.” The actor concluded with appreciation for the support and prayers he received during his challenging period.
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