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Exclusive: Jamie Foxx Reacts To ’12 Years a Slave’ And ‘The Butler’ Nominations

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Award season has kicked off and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave has garnered multiple nominations already.

The 2013 adaptation of the 1853 autobiography by Solomon Northup led the 2014 Golden Globe nominations with seven nods and topped SAG nominations with four. Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a film whose pedigree cast was predicted to sweep all groups nods this year, was also highly recognized with three SAG nominations.

So while on the red carpet for Floyd Mayweather’s Annual Celebrity Classic Toy Drive and Basketball Game, Jamie Foxx, who had a hot run with Django Unchained last award season, shared with HipHollywood his reaction to the nominations.

“It’s fantastic, for us to be able to tell our stories, that’s the main thing,” Foxx said when asked how he feels about two strong Black films being top contenders this year.

“Sometimes slavery can be a touchy subject but you gotta tell em’. And those actors, it’s great for them to get that shine because it’ll move them on to other things. Forest Whitaker and those guys, it’s absolutely amazing.”

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