African-Americans Snubbed by Oscars

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  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Danny Glover
  • Diahann Carroll
  • 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

Cicely TysonSounder

Before enjoying a huge career as a leading lady on the small screen, Cicely Tyson wowed big screen audiences with her role as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder. She played a 1930s wife and mother who must keep her family intact after her husband is sent to a prison camp for petty crime. Tyson’s powerful, stoic and stately performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, which is an accolade she should have undoubtedly won.

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