How Oscars 2024 nominee Danielle Brooks’ manicure honors black women in Hollywood

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Danielle Brooks send a message with her mani.

The star celebrated being the 26th black woman to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars 2024 on Sunday.

Brooks –– who is up for the award for her role as Sofia in “The Color Purple” –– showed off the number “26” in rhinestones on her nails while walking the red carpet.

“I have ’26’ on my nail, because I’m the 26th black woman to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress, so I had to at least honor that,” Brooks told Laverne Cox on “E! Live from the Red Carpet.”

Danielle Brooks honored black women in Hollywood with her at the 2024 Oscars on Sunday. David Fisher/Shutterstock

The “Color Purple” star had “26” bedazzled on her right ring finger. Getty Images

“I’m the 26th black woman to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress, so I had to at least honor that,” Brooks explained on Sunday. Getty Images

Brooks, 34, explained that even if she doesn’t go home with the win, she “will forever be the 26th black woman to be nominated for supporting actress.”

The Broadway star had the cameras zoom in on her hands, which showed her French manicure with silver rhinestones on the tips of the long almond-shaped nails.

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The sparkling style matched her custom Dolce & Gabbana strapless black dress with a corset top that had silver rhinestones running down vertically.

Brooks wore a custom Dolce and Gabbana black strapless gown. AFP via Getty Images

Brooks is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Color Purple.” Getty Images

The bottom of her gown flowed past her black strapless shoes — with the actress choosing an affordable $119 pair of Betsey Johnson heels, embellished with subtle pear detail — and had a slit that rose up her left leg.

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The “Orange Is The New Black” alum parted her hair to the side and added several pieces of sparkling jewelry, all by DeBeers, including a nearly 21-carat diamond necklace, 27-carat diamond earrings and more.

Brooks gushed that she was “so happy” to be at the 2024 Oscars, and the “moment is so major.”

The “Orange Is the New Black” alum accessorized her look with diamond jewelry and black strappy heels. Getty Images

“Dreams truly do come true,” Brooks gushed. Getty Images

“It is possible! Dreams truly do come true. I’m a girl from Simpsonville, South Carolina. We started from the bottom, now we truly are here. We’re here. We’re here, and so yeah, it can happen. It can happen!” she told Cox.

Brooks — as well as Emily Blunt, America Ferrera and Jodie Foster — ultimately lost out in the category to Da’Vine Joy Randolph for her role in “The Holdovers.”

We have a feeling Brooks will be celebrating with Randolph at the Oscars afterparty, regardless.