"Hairspray" Stars, "High School Musical 2" Director Earn Diversity Awards

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02 Nov 2007

"Hairspray" stars Brittany Snow and Elijah Kelley as well as "High School Musical" director Kenny Ortega will receive awards at the 15th Annual Diversity Awards Nov. 18.



The Multicultural Motion Picture Association will present the annual honors Nov. 18 at the Globe Theatre in Universal Studios Hollywood. A celebrity silent auction and reception begins at 6 PM, followed by a 7 PM dinner and the 8:15 PM awards show presentation and entertainment.

Snow will receive the Female Nova Award, while Kelley will take home the Male Nova Award. Ortega has earned the Best Director in a Comedy or Musical for his work on "High School Musical 2."

Another award winner is ESPN's "The Bronx Is Burning" (Best Drama – Made-For-Television Movie or Miniseries), which featured stage and screen stars John Turturro, Oliver Platt and Daniel Sunjata.

CBS Entertainment will take home the 2007 Diverse Programming Network prize for "their commitment and vision for employing diverse personnel both behind the camera and in front of it.”

Other Diversity Awards will go to Jon Heder (Comedic Nova Award), Mo’Nique (Renaissance Artist Award), Leonardo DiCaprio (2007 Best Documentary Feature Award – "The 11th Hour"), Idris Elba (Best Actor in a Drama – "Daddy’s Little Girls"), "House" (2007 Most Compelling Television Drama), "Work Out" (2007 Diverse Television Cast Ensemble), "Passions" (2007 Favorite Daytime Television Drama), "Shark" (2007 Favorite Drama Ensemble) and "The Office" (2007 Favorite Comedy Ensemble).

Tickets to the 15th Annual Diversity Awards at the Globe Theatre, 100 Universal City Plaza in Universal City, CA, are available by calling (310) 358-8300. For more information visit thediversityawards.org.