African-Americans Snubbed by Oscars

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  • 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
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Sidney Poitier

Diahann CarrollClaudine

Some balked at the idea of the elegant Diahann Carroll playing welfare mom of six Claudine, but Bronx-born Carroll pulled this Best Actress Oscar–nominated performance off flawlessly. Carroll personified the ball of frustration caused by a system that won’t allow you to get ahead and judges your personal choices. And audiences got a chance to delight in a role that was sexy, vulnerable and indomitable. It's a nomination that should have most definitely been a win.

(Photo: CBS /Landov)

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