I’m as happy as can be about Ellen hosting the Academy Awards, and I think it’s a pretty big deal. But here’s another thing to celebrate: This year brings us a record number of black nominees vying for the actor awards.
- Forest Whitaker, Best Actor, The Last King of Scotland
- Will Smith, Best Actor, The Pursuit of Happyness
- Jennifer Hudson, Best Supporting Actress, Dreamgirls
- Djimon Hounsou, Best Supporting Actor, Blood Diamond
- Eddie Murphy, Best Supporting Actor, Dreamgirls
I’m picking Jennifer Hudson, for sure. And the smart money’s on Forest Whitaker too, I guess — I haven’t seen the movie yet, but that guy is everywhere lately.
Also, Queen Latifah will be a presenter. That’s an award in itself.