1. Diversity At The 2014 Academy Awards?
The Oscars will air this weekend (March 2) and this year The Academy claims that they have included a “tremendous diversity of stars to represent.” While cast and crew of “12 Years A Slave,” actor Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”) and Pharrell account for the black nominees, a few more of our favorite Black stars will be presenting (10 out of 46 to be exact). See the stars that will hold it down on Oscars night.
2. Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey was nominated for Best Actress in “Precious,” and even though she isn’t nominated for anything this year, we know she’s definitely an Oscar favorite.
3. Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx won Best Actor for his unforgettable role as Ray Charles in “Ray,” and we can’t wait to see him grace the Oscars stage again. Jamie is also known to pull a few jokes when he’s up there; it should be interesting.
4. Kerry Washington
Ms. Washington has a few other awards under her belt, but hasn’t received an Oscar nomination just yet. We’re going to need that to change soon, but we love that she’ll be on the stage. What’s Kerry going to wear?
5. Michael B. Jordan
Michael may be the new kid on the block, without any nominations (we’re still sad “Fruitvale Station” got no love this year) but being assigned as a presenter for your first breakout year isn’t bad.
6. Samuel L. Jackson
The actor was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “Pulp Fiction,” but will grace the Academy Award stage to present to other nominees.
7. Sidney Poitier
Mr. Poitier is the first African American to ever win an Oscar for Best Actor in 1963 and is a legend within Hollywood. In 2002, he won an Honorary Oscar for “his extraordinary performances and unique presence on the screen and for representing the industry with dignity, style and intelligence.” We couldn’t agree more.
8. Tyler Perry
The film and television mogul has never been nominated for an Oscar, but we wouldn’t be surprised if a nomination is in his near future.
9. Viola Davis
Viola has been nominated for two Oscars, Best Supporting Actress for “Doubt” and Best Actress for “The Help,” but the thespian will be presenting at the pivotal ceremony this year.
10. Whoopi Goldberg
Although we know Ms. Goldberg now as having a gift for gab on “The View,” she also made history as one of the few entertainers who have an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. Whoopi is also the first African American to receive Oscar nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
11. Will Smith
Will Smith isn’t new to the Oscar game. He’s been nominated for two Academy Awards, both for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He’ll be taking the reins this year as one of the presenters.