Oscar Red Carpet

ESSENCE.COM Aug, 28, 2008

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Entertainment Director Cori Murray recaps the red carpet scene, direct from LA

(February 24, 2008; Los Angeles) All seems to be forgiven between writers, actors and producers in Hollywood. The industry players all came out in style—and lots of red—to celebrate the 80th Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre. The only thing missing during the Oscars was a little racial diversity. Of the 24 categories presented last night, African Americans were only nominated in two: Ruby Dee for best supporting actress and Jamal Joseph, Charles Mack, and Tevin Thomas for best original song “Raise It Up” (August Rush).

Jennifer Hudson’s elegant white goddess gown made up for last year’s red carpet faux pas.

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Although Black folks were nearly non-existent in the nominations, our stars did shine on the red carpet. Forest and Keisha Whitaker, hand-in-hand, looked absolutely regal.

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Wesley Snipes stood out in a purple suit, while Spike Lee’s white fedora topped off his is always impeccable style.

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Another red carpet gem: Ruby Dee. Looking stunning in a ruby red satin dress and fitted jacket, Ms. Dee’s upsetting lost doesn’t take away from her being an inspiration. At 84, she received her first Academy Award nomination and won the Screen Actors Guild award for her six-minute scene stealing performance in American Gangster. Dee was also recognized with the Legends award at Essence’s first annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon. Dee’s longevity in Hollywood is proof that the best is yet to come.

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Entertainment mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs arrives to the red carpet in style.

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