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03-15-2006, 04:51 PM
Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (http://us.video.aol.com/video.index.adp?mode=1&pls=blackvoices.voicesonterrencehoward) was honored last week at the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters' (NABOB) 22nd Annual Communications Awards Dinner at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., where he was presented an Entertainer of the Year Award. Backstage I caught up with Howard, who told me that the look of shock on his face when rap collective Three 6 Mafia (http://music.aol.com/artist/main.adp?artistid=169304) won the Academy Award for Best Original Song was definitely authentic.

I asked what was going through his mind when Queen Latifah (http://us.video.aol.com/video.index.adp?mode=1&pls=blackvoices.voicesonllandlatifah) announced the winner. "It's hard out here for a pimp," Howard laughed. "No honestly, I was very surprised. I was extremely surprised! I thought 'In the Deep' would win from 'Crash.'"

Howard confessed, however, that he wasn't happy about Three 6 Mafia's overall performance during the Oscar broadcast. "Just seeing the way they performed, it kind of broke my heart though. Not the way Three 6 Mafia did it, but everything I tried to escape in my portrayal of that role, it seems that they went right to the stereotype that I wanted to assassinate. The people who had choreographed it apparently hadn't seen the film," he said.

Why didn't Howard perform the song himself on the award show, since he is who actually performs the track in the film? "Because the people who had choreographed it hadn't seen the film," he answered.