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JAMIE FOXX: We have to do it for Ray. [singing] Ohhhhh"...

AUDIENCE: Ohhhh...

FOXX: Ah-h-h...

AUDIENCE: Ah-h-h...

FOXX: Yeah, you're ready. [laughter] First of all, I just want to say thank you to SAG Awards, my peers, to everybody that voted for this. Thank you, for Ray Charles, for just living so complex and so interested in making us just come together as everybody. I watch - I tell you this story, I was in D.C., and it was for the Black Caucus, and we screened this film. And a young black kid stood up, and he had a jersey on, and he had his bling-bling on, and everybody was wondering, "What is this kid gonna say," 'cause it was like the question and answering.

And he said, "Foxx, do you think this might like give you a nom, or somethin' like that?" And he said, "a nom," and he was talking about the Oscar nom, or Screen Actors Guild, and it was beautiful to see the education that's going on with this film, because everybody's getting on board with this. So, thank you for that. [applause]

Thank you for Taylord Hackford, for taking the chance with an African American film - Taylor you're my director of the year, man, no matter what. [applause] Thank you for that beautiful cast that's sitting right over there on that table, that can go with anybody. You guys are incredible to me, and I split this up and I share it with you - right there at that table. Yeah. [applause]

Jamie and Marcus King, my managers, CAA my agents, Kim Hodges, Rick Kurtzman, Steve Smoot, everybody, and to all the actors that I'm looking at in this crowd that I'm going to get autographs from, and pictures and everything. [laughter] And so I can put 'em up on my wall, so I can front and say, "Yeah, those are my good friends." [laughter]

And Denzel Washington - when I saw Denzel Washington, he was such an ambassador, as an actor. And I met Denzel Washington a long time ago, and I hope he never ever remembers how I met him. [laughter] Because I wasn't Jamie Foxx at the time, I was Eric Bishop, I was just a young comic in LA trying to come up, and the Roxbury was going off at the time. I don't know if anybody ever been to the Roxbury, but I could not get in for nothin'. And I see Denzel come out. And I don't know if you know, but Black people march when they get excited. [laughter] And I saw Denzel and I said, "Denzellll!" [laughter/applause] And he took his elbow and stuck me right in the throat and said, "Hold on. Hold on. What's goin' on? What's goin' on?" And told him how much I... [laughter]

And I'm sittin' there with his elbow on my throat and I'm trying to tell him that "I really love what you do, dog." And from that moment, all the way up to being in Venice, Italy, when Denzel calls me out of the room and says, "Come down to the front, I need to talk to you." And he said, "I've been hearing some things. I've been hearing some things. I don't want to scare you, but just keep doin' what you're doin'. If you win or if you lose, keep walkin' in the same direction."

I'm walkin', D. [applause]