February 28, 2005 12:00 PM

Ray [star]

Foxx sure didn’t hide behind Ray Charles’s trademark shades. In a searing performance as the legendary music man, he went far beyond simply zeroing in on Charles’s distinctive voice and physical mannerisms. Foxx dug into the man’s pain and flaws, showing how each contributed to the triumph of his music. Runner-up: Cheadle could have showboated while saving lives in Rwanda but instead gave a carefully calibrated turn as a man of conscience doing what he must.

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