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|Nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Ray stars Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as the one-of-a-kind innovator of soul who overcame impossible odds to become a music legend. It's the triumphant and remarkable story of one of America's true musical geniuses, Ray Charles. "Ray is electrifying", hails Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. Witness the incredible true story of a musician who fought harder and went further than anyone could imagine.|
"A rangy, straightforward and entirely engrossing biopic. Todd McCarthy, Variety.com
"An extraordinary piece of biography. William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Editor's NoteJamie Foxx stars in this biopic of legendary soul and R&B singer Ray Charles. Skillfully edited and with a keen eye for period detail, the narrative weaves in and out of the past in an interlocking tapestry of the man's rise to fame in the 1950s and '60s. Growing up poor, black, and blind in the rural south, Charles learns--under the tutelage of his tough-love mother (Sharon Warren)--to turn these handicaps into assets. With this training, Ray eventually plays his way into a major deal with Paramount records and earns icon status as an American legend. Along the way, the high cost of fame leads him to engage in abusive relationships, manipulative behavior, and struggles with drug and alcohol problems. This is a dynamite film for the music alone (Charles's actual recordings are used in the film), but Foxx's career-benchmark performance transcends RAY's biopic roots, turning this into a piercing, full-on character study: unflinching, sometimes harrowing, and ultimately deeply moving. The sheer joy of Charles's music comes alive in Foxx's movements, and his character matures convincingly and powerfully. A stellar supporting cast is on hand to back him up every step of the way, including Larenz Tate as producer Quincy Jones, and Kerry Washington as Ray's long-suffering wife, Regina.
Cast & Crew
|Craig Armstrong - Original Music By|
|Howard Baldwin - Producer|
|Jaime Rucker King - Executive Producer|
|James L. White - Screenplay|
|Paul Hirsch - Editor|
|Pawel Edelman - Cinematographer|
|Taylor Hackford - Director|
|Taylor Hackford - Story By|
|Oscar, Jamie Foxx, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role|
|Oscar, Taylor Hackford, Best Achievement in Directing|
|Oscar, Taylor Hackford, et. al., Best Motion Picture of the Year|
|Oscar, Scott Millan, et. al., Best Achievement in Sound|
|Oscar, Sharen Davis, Best Achievement in Costume Design|
|Oscar, Paul Hirsch, Best Achievement in Editing|