A History of African-Americans and the Oscars

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  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Duke Ellington
  • Rita Moreno
  • Isaac Hayes
  • Suzanna de Passe
  • Diana Ross
  • Louis Gossett Jr.
  • Irene Cara
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Prince
  • Denzel Washington
  • Spike Lee
  • John Singleton
  • Queen Latifah
  • Benicio del Toro
  • Halle Berry
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Three 6 Mafia
  • Dreamgirls
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Lee Daniels
  • Geoffrey Fletcher
  • Quvenzhané Wallis
  • Academy Awards

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier was the first Black male actor to receive an Oscar nod in 1958 for The Defiant Ones. Also, he is the first Black male to win an Oscar, which was for Best Actor in Lilies of the Field in 1963.

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