While Denzel Washington's date to his LA premiere of The Great Debaters was his wife, he spent much of his red carpet time on the arm of one Oprah Winfrey. Also in the house were Samuel L. Jackson, his Kangol hat, and Jennifer Hudson, among others. After a long weekend of stumping for Barack Obama, Oprah traded in her pants suit for a leather skirt to support her friend and chat on the red carpet. Of course, she was asked about life on the campaign trail but also about the controversy surrounding her school in South Africa. She said, "I think that all crisis is there to teach you about your life," The biggest lesson learned: "You have to be far more careful in choosing people to stand in the gap for you. You have to stay on it. . . .The school is going to be better because that happened . . . We're going to come back and have best year ever!"

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Images include Denzel Washington, Paulette Washington, LaTanya Richardson, Samuel L. Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Holly Robinson-Peete, Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Hudson, Gayle King, Jack Coleman, Jurnee Smollett, Buzz Aldrin, Kimberly Elise, Ryan Carnes, Beth Toussaint Coleman, Niecy Nash, Tia Mowry, Ashley Benson, Gina Ravera, Tyler Perry, Alana Curry, Wesley Snipes, Rodney Peete.