Since bringing home the gold for his portrayal of music great Ray Charles, Jamie's life has changed dramatically.
"As far as work is concerned, it takes the pressure off," he says. The win has opened up new opportunities for him as an actor. "[My manager, agent and I] always wanted to do great things and different projects, but we couldn't because [I] didn't have that background of dramatic work."
After proving his abilities as a leading man, Jamie still welcomes the opportunity to play supporting roles if the part "speaks" to him. Oprah wants to know—why did Jamie take a supporting role as Staff Sergeant Sykes in Jarhead after his Best Actor Oscar® win? "It was Sam Mendes, who's a great director. The role had meat on its bones. ... The role speaks, and the role says, 'You should do it.'"