Oscar represents

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

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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.

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