African-Americans Snubbed by Oscars

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Dorothy Dandridge: Carmen Jones

Dorothy Dandridge was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for Carmen Jones, and film historians and fans of her work must continuously wonder what different trajectory her real life would have taken if she had won the award. This Black adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen, directed by Otto Preminger, allowed Dandridge to breathe life, sexuality, vulnerability and vitality into a film portrayal of a Black woman (without nudity or explicit sex scenes) that hasn’t been seen since. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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