Nominations for the 80th Annual Academy Awards were announced today by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and Oscar® winner Kathy Bates.

I’ll just get to the point.

Performance by an actress in a supporting role, went to Ruby Dee in "American Gangster" (Universal) and that’d be pretty much it for Blacks this year.

Do not be tricked into thinking that because "Norbit" was nominated for Achievement in Makeup that’s a nom for Eddie Murphy, because it’s not.  It’s a nom for the person in charge of makeup and the same goes for "American Gangster’s" Achievement in Art Direction nomination.  It has nothing to do with Denzel Washington.

The Oscars will be handed out on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT.