#OscarsSoWhite: Black Actors Snubbed By the Oscars
James Earl Jones, Great White Hope, Claudine
James Earl Jones was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Jack Jefferson, based on boxing champion Jack Johnson. A stirring, star-turning portrayal that should have catapulted Jones to the level of Hollywood reverence given Sidney Poitier’s career, the film’s controversial themes may have hindered those possibilities. Jones’s role as Rupert (Roop) in Claudine was equally noteworthy, as the actor gave a voice, heart and tears to men dubbed "deadbeat dads."
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