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Life would be even better with an Academy Award nomination, and Foxx isn't shy about saying so. "You'd be stupid not to want that," he says. "It allows you to get better projects." If he were to win, he says the first and only person he'd thank would be his 95-year-old mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's but is otherwise healthy. He will not cry though. "I always tell people, do not cry on television, because they will run that over and over again. Who was the big black dude? Ving Rhames!" he shouts, making blubbering noises. "From here on out it's 'Ving Rhames, the one who cried at the Golden Globes, plays a gangster in his new film, but he's very sensitive when it comes to getting trophies.' I cannot cry. You've got to be confident up there." And to get there.