awards & nominations

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016)

Cuba Gooding Jr. as "O.J. Simpson"

This limited series brings viewers inside one of the most prolific American court cases of the 20th century -- the O.J. Simpson murder trial -- from the lawyers' viewpoints. Based on the book "The Run of His Life," the 10-episode series details behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering by both the prosecution and defense as they try to convince the jury to side with them in what was dubbed "the trial of the century." Key elements of the trial that are explored involve overconfidence by the prosecution and the LAPD's history with the black community in Los Angeles. The all-star cast includes Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. as the Hall of Fame football player, Oscar nominee John Travolta as Robert Shapiro and Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey.

Emmy (Primetime) (2016)NominatedOutstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

Cuba Gooding Jr. as "Carter Wilson"

After leaving the South as a young man and finding employment at an elite hotel in Washington, D.C., Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is hired as a butler at the White House. Over the course of three decades, Cecil has a front-row seat to history and the inner workings of the Oval Office. However, his commitment to his "First Family" leads to tension at home, alienating his wife (Oprah Winfrey) and causing conflict with his anti-establishment son.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)

Cuba Gooding Jr. as "Ben Carson"

Inspired by his mother (Kimberly Elise) to never give up, Detroit native Ben Carson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) overcomes poverty and prejudice to become a neurosurgeon.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

American Gangster (2007)

Cuba Gooding Jr. as "Nicky Barnes"

Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) earns his living as a chauffeur to one of Harlem's leading mobsters. After his boss dies, Frank uses his own ingenuity and strict business code to become one of the inner city's most powerful crime bosses. Meanwhile, veteran cop Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) senses a change in the mob's power structure and looks for ways to bring his opponent to justice.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Jerry Maguire (1996)

Cuba Gooding Jr. as "Rod Tidwell"

When slick sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) has a crisis of conscience, he pens a heartfelt company-wide memo that promptly gets him fired. Desperate to hang on to the athletes that he represents, Jerry starts his own management firm, with only single mother Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) joining him in his new venture. Banking on their sole client, football player Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.), Jerry and Dorothy begin to fall in love as they struggle to make their business work.

Academy Award (1996)WonActor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (1996)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)WonOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

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