The Academy Awards will air live from The Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California this Sunday. If you are able to slip past the velvet ropes, you'll see three African-Americans walking down the red carpet, making their way to their designated seats... wayyy in the front of the theatre.
Denzel Washington (Training Day) and Will Smith (Ali) are up for the Oscar in the Best Actor category and Halle Berry (Monster's Ball) in the Best Actress category. The Academy Awards have been criticized in the past for ignoring performances by black actors, so this is history in the making.
In 1958, Sidney Poitier became the first and only African American to be nominated for the Best Actor award for his role in The Defiant Ones
. On Sunday he'll receive an honorary Oscar to credit his work which spans over 30 years. He had this to say about the nominations: "It isn't normal and it should be celebrated. Anyone knowing American film history, anyone knowing America, knows this is a huge, wonderful expression of American democracy."