African-Americans Snubbed by Oscars

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  • Billy Dee Williams
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Angela Bassett
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Will Smith
  • Viola Davis
  • Derek Luke
  • Kimberly Elise
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Ava DuVernay
  • David Oyelowo
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Danny Glover
  • Diahann Carroll
  • James Earl Jones
  • Diana Ross

Angela BassettWhat’s Love Got to Do With It

With Angela Bassett’s powerhouse portrayal of Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It, Oscar voters revisited the idea of another Black Actress Academy Award nominee. Bassett earned the nod by putting in the physical work — training and remaking her body to match Turner’s athletic gait — and created the performance of a lifetime. In her depiction of Turner’s harrowing abused-wife tale, Bassett portayed Turner's equal parts of fire and fear to near perfection.

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