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Common Counts ‘Selma’ Blessings at Global Green’s Pre-Oscar Party

Wednesday night drew a slew of eco-conscious stars to Hollywood hotspot Avalon for Global Green USA’s 12th annual pre-Oscar party, where nominee Common headlined the night with an energetic set that culminated in an electrifying performance of Best Song contender “Glory,” taken from Ava DuVernay’s “Selma.”

While many viewers remain outraged by “Selma’s” lack of awards recognition — especially the snubs for DuVernay’s direction and star David Oyelowo’s performance as Martin Luther King, Jr. — Common preferred to focus on the positives during his performance, telling the lively crowd, “We’re nominated for Best Picture, y’all — we’re blessed.”

“Twilight” alum Ashley Greene and comedian Theo Von hosted the environmentally friendly event, which also featured musical performances from Jimmy Demers, Gary Wright and Makana, along with a live auction and sustainable dinner courtesy of Chef Kai Loebach, including a kale and sprout salad; salmon and farmers market vegetable curry entrees; and mason jar carrot cake parfait. Among the green-minded attendees were Maggie Grace, Lamorne Morris, Amy Smart, Cheryl Tiegs, Matt Walsh, Billy Zane, Alysia Reiner, Missi Pyle, and Fran Drescher. The evening promoted sustainability with recycled products and seed paper wristbands that could be planted and grown into wildflowers or herbs after use.

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