African-Americans Snubbed by Oscars

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  • 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
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Danny Glover

Diana RossLady Sings the Blues

Naysayers were doubtful that Diana Ross could pull off playing Billie Holiday for her feature film debut in Lady Sings the Blues because the two did not share the same physical type. But Ross proved otherwise in her gritty, desperate and exposed depiction of Holiday. This star-making vehicle ended up earning Ross a Best Actress Academy Award nomination. But for the strongest film performance in her career, Ross should have brought home the gold.

(Photo: Detroit Free Press/MCT /Landov)

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