Jamie Foxx, African American Film Critics Association, luncheon

Jamie Foxx Gets Candid About His Health Scare At Critics Choice Awards

Jamie Foxx has been seen at a public event for the first time since his hospitalization in April, accepting an honor from the Critics Choice Association for his performance in "The Burial."

Jamie Foxx is slowly stepping back into the spotlight following his traumatic health scare. The actor accepted the Vanguard Award during his appearance at the Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Cinema and Television: Honoring Black, Latino and AAPI Achievements on Dec. 4.

His in-person acceptance of the honor marks his first time appearing on a public stage since he was hospitalized for an undisclosed illness in April, as reported by Variety. Foxx was presented the award for his performance in The Burial by his co-star, Jurnee Smollett.

“Working with Jamie, I found a generous scene partner I can lean on and trust,” expressed the actress.

“Even though we were playing rivals battling it out in the courtroom, in him, I found a great cheerleader — one who, on our very first day shooting y’all he came, and right after the third take, he came up to me, he’s like, ‘Man, you are killing this role.’ Now, I don’t think he understands what that kind of support means to someone like me who’s watched him my entire life.”

Foxx came on stage to accept the prestigious award amid a standing ovation. He spoke on his condition, sharing that his walk-up was a feat as he “couldn’t do that six months ago.”

“I wouldn’t wish what I went through on my worst enemy because it’s tough,” stated the entertainer, speaking to the audience for nearly 15 minutes.

“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.”

Foxx was also celebrated with his industry peers, including Sheryl Lee Ralph and Colman Domingo, for their work in film and television. As for the Unpredictable singer, he is making a steady comeback to the public arena, proving with his latest outing that his acclaimed career is far from over.

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