How did you prepare for the show?
You know what I did to prepare for today? There was only thing I could do, because the Oscars came just before that, so I did the one thing that I think's gonna count: I prayed. I think it's gonna work!
What's more important: winning or having fun?
Oh, no. This is different. Because it's not for myself, and that's the most wonderful thing. My charity is gonna be over the moon no matter what, so I'm really pleased to be here.
Do you have a good luck charm?
My good luck charm. [Checks pockets, hands and neck] Oh my God. I left it at home, folks!
"She earned an Emmy nomination for her role as Claudette Wyms in the FX series The Shield, and most recently was seen on movie screens across the world as Mo'at in Avatar. Please welcome actress..."
Playing on behalf of African Millennium Foundation.
Award-winning actress CCH Pounder is currently in the James Cameron film Avatar for 20th Century Fox. Ms. Pounder stars in the Fox comedy series Brothers and also has a recurring role in the Syfy network series Warehouse 13. Her most recent credits include the feature film Orphan, HBO's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, which garnered Ms. Pounder her fourth Emmy nomination (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series) and the independent feature film Rain, which earned praise at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival. For seven years, Pounder portrayed Claudette Wyms on the critically acclaimed FX series The Shield, which earned her many accolades including a Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Emmy nomination, NAACP Image Award nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series, the MIB Prism Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Drama, two Golden Satellite Awards for Performance by an Actress in a Series Drama, the Genii Excellence in TV Award from the Southern California Chapter of the American Women in Radio & TV and the LOOP Award from Lupus LA. Other honors for Ms. Pounder include an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Dr. Angela Hicks on the NBC series ER and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Fox's The X-Files. In addition, she received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for Grow Old Along with Me, the Best Is Yet to Come and won an AUDI, the Audio Publishers Association's top honor, for Women in the Material World. Film credits include Bagdad Cafe, Prizzi's Honor, Postcards from the Edge, Robocop 3, Sliver, Tales from the Crypt, Face/Off and End of Days.