Saturday, February 14, 2009

Jerry MaGuire: African Americans in Cinema (5)

An Unlikely pairing, Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. star in the next file which adds to the series of reviews where African American actors took home the coveted Academy Award for acting.

In Jerry Maguire (1996), a professional sports agent named Jerry Maguire’s leap of new found faith leads him to write a statement that promotes better service, fewer clients, and less focus on the “bottom line”. After he sends out the mission statement to his cohorts, Jerry is fired from his job.

He decides to go out on his own to form his own agency, but is only able to convince one of his former clients, played by Cuba Gooding Jr., to join him, in addition to just one of his former colleagues, played by a Renee Zellwegger.

It was in this role this role which Cuba Gooding Jr. used to take home the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

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