The 92nd Annual Academy Awards are just moments away, and largely, Hollywood has once again shut out African American nominees. Cynthia Erivo, who was nominated for her role as Harriet Tubman in Harriet, is the only Black actor or actress up for an award involving a role.
Regardless, Black excellence has been a part of the big screen in so many ways for so long. Let us take you back to some of the greatest Oscar wins and their touching award speeches, which relay the emotion hard work envokes.
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