The 10th annual Big Apple Film Festival presented our honorary Golden Apple Award to NYC native Cuba Gooding Jr.
The 10th annual Big Apple Film Festival proudly presented our honorary Golden Apple Award to NYC native Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr.'s first major role was in John Singleton's inner-city crime drama Boyz n the Hood (1991), in which he played the lead, Tr Styles. A box office surprise and critical hit, the film is now considered a modern classic. He followed this success with supporting roles in major films such as A Few Good Men (1992), Lightning Jack (1994), and Outbreak (1995). In 1996, Gooding reached a new level of prominence when he was cast as an arrogant yet charismatic football player on the brink of a career-ending injury in Cameron Crowe's blockbuster dramatic sports comedy Jerry Maguire (1996) with co-star Tom Cruise, and was a major critical and commercial success and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Most significantly, it earned Gooding an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
In 1997, Gooding followed his breakout with a notable supporting role in the acclaimed Academy Award-winning comedy As Good as It Gets (1997). Some of his best received performances include turns in films such as the mystical drama What Dreams May Come (1998) and the US Naval drama Men of Honor (2000) in which he played the lead role and co-starred with Robert De Niro. Gooding also received attention for his roles in the epic Pearl Harbor (2001) as historical figure Doris Miller, the ensemble farce Rat Race (2001), the musical The Fighting Temptations (2003) in which he co-starred alongside Beyonc Knowles, and the football drama Radio (2003), in which he played the title role. Other roles of note during this time include a co-lead role alongside Anthony Hopkins in the psychological thriller Instinct (1999) and voiced Buck in Disney's animated film Home on the Range (2004)
Gooding had a significant role in the World War II film, Red Tails (2012), produced by George Lucas and with other prominent actors such as Terrence Howard and Bryan Cranston. In 2013, Gooding had roles in several theatrical releases, including a well-received supporting performance in Lee Daniels' The Butler.