African-Americans Snubbed by Oscars

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  • James Earl Jones
  • Diana Ross
  • 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

Billy Dee WilliamsLady Sings the Blues

Lady Sings the Blues was the first Billy Dee Williams film that officially christened him a matinee heartthrob for the masses. Biographers debate the nobility of Billie Holiday’s husband Louis McKay, but Williams took the high road in his performance. Portraying him as a sensitive, loving, patient yet tortured spouse of an addict, Williams added layers of richness to the depiction of Black men in film. And he looked breathtakingly handsome doing it.

(Photo: CBS /Landov)

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