A History of African-Americans and the Oscars

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  • Academy Awards
  • 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

A History of African-Americans and the Oscars

This year's Oscars is one of the most diverse in recent memory. While we are all rooting for 12 Years a Slave to make history, Black actors have a long history at Hollywood's most anticipated awards show. From Hattie to Halle, here's our look at African-Americans and the Oscars.

(Photos from left:  Mark Davis/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards, John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images)

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