While Jamie Foxx is nominated for four MTV Movie Awards Sunday, he is sure to take to the stage with Thursday’s news that he is to be feted with the Generation Award.
In making the announcement MTV president Stephen Friedman said, “As a comedian, Academy award-winning actor and Grammy award-winning artist, Jamie Foxx is a triple threat superstar unlike any we’ve seen in a long time. Jamie has captivated audiences for nearly two decades with a dizzying array of memorable performances, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate him at this year’s Movie Awards.”
The “Generation Award” is the night’s highest honor, given to a performer who can be “counted on to engage the MTV audience with everything” s/he does. Previous recipients include two other Oscar winners — Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock — as well as Mike Myers, Jim Carrey, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, and Adam Sandler.
Foxx lost both of his previous bids for an MTV Movie Award — Breakthrough Performance in 2000 for “Any Given Sunday” to Haley Joel Osment (“The Sixth Sense”) and Male Performance in 2004 for “Ray” to Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Aviator”).
Foxx is nominated once again for Best Male Performance as well as “Best Fight,” “Best Kiss,” and “Best WTF Moment.”