A History of African-Americans and the Oscars

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  • 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
  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Sidney Poitier

Isaac Hayes

The late, great Isaac Hayes was the first African-American to win in the Best Original Song category, for the theme from 1971's Shaft.

(Photo: Charles Nicholas/Commercial Appeal /Landov)

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