African-Americans Snubbed by Oscars

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  • 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
  • Diahann Carroll
  • James Earl Jones

Whoopi GoldbergThe Color Purple

Whoopi Goldberg won the Best Supporting Actress for 1990’s Ghost, but most filmgoers believe Oscar voters missed the mark by "only nominating" her for her stunning film debut in 1985’s The Color Purple. Goldberg’s Celie wasn’t just a study in victimhood; the role charted the triumph of the spirit and examined one Southern Black woman’s life journey onscreen in a way that had never been seen before. Goldberg displayed the fearless muscle and tenderness of an acting vet.

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