15 Black Actors and Actress Who Won Academy Awards

Here are the Black Actors and Actress Who Won Academy Awards

1. Sidney Poitier

  • Award Year: 1963
  • For Film: Lilies of the Field
  • Role Played: Homer Smith
  • The Highlights:
    • First black man to win an Oscar
    • First black man to win Best Actor
    • The youngest black man to win Best Actor (aged 37)
    • First black man to be nominated twice for Best Actor
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Denzel Washington

  • Award Year: 2001
  • For Film: Training Day
  • Role Played: Alonzo Harris
  • The Highlights:
    • Second black man to win Best Actor
    • 2001 was the year of African-Americans: two Oscars were awarded to black people for the leading role; Best Actress was won by Halle Berry for the film Monster’s Ball.
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Jamie Foxx

  • Award Year: 2004
  • For Film: Ray
  • Role Played: Ray Charles
  • The Highlight:
    • The first black person to receive two nominations in one year in the acting category; the other was for the film Collateral.
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Forest Whitaker

  • Award Year: 2006
  • For Film: The Last King of Scotland
  • Role Played: Idi Amin
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Halle Berry

  • Award Year: 2001
  • For Film: Monster’s Ball
  • Role Played: Leticia Musgrove
  • The Highlights:
    • First black woman to win Best Actress

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Louis Gossett, Jr.

  • Award Year: 1982
  • For Film: An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Role Played: Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley
  • The Highlight:
    • First black man to win Best Supporting Actor
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Denzel Washington

  • Award Year: 1989
  • For Film: Glory
  • Role Played: Pvt. Trip
  • The Highlight:
    • The first black actor to be nominated twice for Best Supporting Actor, the other film was the film Flight in 2012.
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Cuba Gooding, Jr.

  • Award Year: 1996
  • For Film: Jerry Maguire
  • Role Played: Rod Tidwell
  • The Highlight:
    • The youngest black actor to win an Academy Award (aged 29)
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Morgan Freeman

  • Award Year: 2004
  • For Film: Million Dollar Baby
  • Role Played: Eddie ‘Scrap-Iron’ Dupris
  • The Highlight:
    • The oldest black actor to win an Oscar (aged 67)

Hattie McDaniel

  • Award Year: 1939
  • For Film: Gone with the Wind
  • Role Played: Mammy
  • The Highlights:
    • The first black woman to win an Oscar as the Best Actress in a Supporting Role
    • The first black person, in any category, to win an Oscar
    • The first black person to be nominated for acting
    • The first black actress to win Best Supporting Actress
    • The oldest black actress to win an Oscar (aged 44)

Whoopi Goldberg

  • Award Year: 1990
  • For Film: Ghost
  • Role Played: Oda Mae Brown
  • The Highlights:
    • The first black actress to be nominated twice, the other one was for the film The Color Purple in 1985
    • The second black actress to receive Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Hudson

  • Award Year: 2006
  • For Film: Dreamgirls
  • Role Played: Effie White
  • The Highlights:
    • The first black person to win an Oscar for a debut performance in a film
    • The youngest black actress to be nominated or win Best Supporting Actress
    • The youngest black person to win an Oscar (aged 25)
    • The first film, Dreamgirls, to feature black nominations in both Best Supporting Actor & Actress
    • The first black actress to win Oscar for a musical film
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Mo’Nique

  • Award Year: 2009
  • For Film: Precious
  • Role Played: Mary Lee Johnston
  • The Highlight:
    • The second film to nominate two blacks, in the Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress.
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Octavia Spencer

  • Award Year: 2011
  • For Film: The Help
  • Role Played: Minny Jackson
  • The Highlight:
    • The third film to feature black nominations for the Best Actress & the Supporting Actress
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Lupita Nyong’o

  • Award Year: 2013
  • For Film: 12 Years a Slave
  • Role Played: Patsey
  • The Highlights:
    • The first black African to be nominated and win an Oscar.
    • The 2nd black actor to win for their debut performance in a film.
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