African-Americans Snubbed by Oscars

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  • 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
  • Billy Dee Williams
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Angela Bassett
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Samuel L. Jackson

Derek LukeAntwone Fisher

Derek Luke’s breakout film debut as Antwone Fisher, a navy man with a troubled past, was an amazing introduction to a young actor with tremendous depth. With a few exceptions (Catch a Fire, Lions for Lambs, Friday Night Lights), Hollywood’s offering of roles to Luke since Denzel Washington’s directorial debut hasn’t completely lived up to his dynamic promise. But Luke’s Oscar-worthy performance in Fisher is a reminder of what he can do with leading-man material.

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