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Monday, February 26, 2007

Black Hollywood Royalty

By now, you've heard that the 79th Annual Academy Awards was packed with black star power. As predicted, America's favorite dreamgirl Jennifer Hudson won best supporting actress. We're so proud of the first time actress!

As expected, Forest Whitaker won best actor for his performance of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. "Receiving this honor tonight tells me that it’s possible, it is possible for a kid from East Texas, raised in South Central L.A. and Carson, who believes in his dreams, commits himself to them with his heart, to touch them and to have them happen," Whitaker said as he accepted his award. He also thanked the people of Uganda for their hospitality. We love that! Perhaps Whitaker's win will inspire Hollywood to do more stories related to Africa; with all its diversity, it's a goldmine for stories.

The night's big upset was Eddie Murphy, who lost best supporting actor for his role in Dreamgirls to Alan Arkin who was nominated for his role in Little Miss Sunshine. Still, it was a big night for black star power with Hudson and Whitaker taking two of the four main acting awards, and having other top rate nominees including Will Smith and Djimon Hounsou.

(Photo Credits: AMPAS)