A History of African-Americans and the Oscars

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  • Academy Awards
  • Ava Duvernay
  • 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

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay's 2014 film, Selma, is the first film directed by a Black woman to be nominated for Best Picture. However, critics and fans of the film alike are up in arms as they feel DuVernay was snubbed for not being nominated in the category for Best Director. Nonetheless, John Legend and Common landed a Best Original Song win for Glory.

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