African-Americans Snubbed by Oscars

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  • 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
  • Cicely Tyson

James Earl JonesGreat 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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