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The 81st Annual Academy Awards were held last night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, and Black Hollywood’s elite were on hand for the festivities.
Best Supporting Actress nominee Viola Davis was not a winner last night, but she was no doubt a golden beauty on the red carpet wearing a Reem Arca gown and Fred Leighton jewels.
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“This dress was made for my body,” says Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson about her Roberto Cavalli white strapless gown. The star wore 19th century Fred Leighton jewels with a Mary Norton handbag. “This is the biggest party in the world. It’s a different walk as a nominee and I am just honored and blessed that I am here.”
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Queen Latifah arrives at the 81st Annual Academy Awards wearing a one-shoulder navy gown by Georges Chakra with crystal accents. The tulle train flowed on the red carpet.
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Beyoncé Knowles’s mermaid-style gown by House of Deréon Couture complements her signature silhouette. The megastar performed with host Hugh Jackman during the awards show.
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Oscar host Hugh Jackman and Beyoncé wow the crowd in a special tribute to musical films with a medley of songs from such blockbusters as “Grease,” “Dreamgirls” and “High School Musical.”
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A gorgeous Alicia Keys beams on the red carpet. She was on hand to present the awards for Best Score and Best Song.
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Past Best Supporting Actress Whoopi Goldberg helps present the nominees and subsequent winner. Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis were both beat out by Penelope Cruz.
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Cuba Gooding, Jr., and wife Sara make their way inside the theater. Gooding, a past Best Supporting Actor winner in 1997 for “Jerry Maguire,” helped present this year’s award to Heath Ledger, who won posthumously for his role as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.”
In a bit of fun, Gooding joked that nominee Robert Downey, Jr., (who was nominated for his role in the comedy “Tropic Thunder,” where he stars as a White actor portraying an African-American solider—in blackface) should leave the Black roles to the brothers “as we have a hard enough time getting roles.”
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Jerry Lewis accepts the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from Eddie Murphy during the 81st Annual Academy Awards.
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John Legend and guest arrive in style at the Oscars. Legend was there to sing in one of the night’s musical performances.
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John Legend renders his take on one of the tunes nominated for Best Song.
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Will Smith presents the Oscar for Achievement in Visual Effects.
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Queen Latifah serenades the audience during a tribute to those we’ve lost this past year.
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Acting veteran Danny Glover looks dapper on the red carpet.
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As usual, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith show the other couples how it’s done at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.
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Legend Sidney Poitier makes his way inside the coveted Vanity Fair Oscar party at the Sunset Tower Hotel on February 22 in West Hollywood, California.
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Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and his wife, Keisha, turn heads on the red carpet upon their arrival at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.
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Halle Berry and beau Gabriel Aubry are worthy of camera time on the red carpet of the Vanity Fair Oscar party.
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A radiant Garcelle Beauvais arrives at the 17th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Academy Award Viewing Party.
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Dallas Cowboy Terell Owens and actor Tyrese Gibson greet each other at the 17th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Academy Award Viewing Party held at the Pacific Design Center.
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Tyler Perry celebrates the phenomenal opening weekend box-office numbers of “Madea Goes to Jail” (can you say $42 million?) by attending Elton John’s annual Oscar party.
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