Black History Month at the Oscars

February has brought us two special events: Black History Month and the Academy Awards presentation.  So I think we should call attention to the Black actors and actresses who have paved the way for the next generation of talent – such as young Quvenzhané Wallis.  Past winner Denzel Washington is nominated again this year.  And, of course, he was preceded by others.

Therefore, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the talented Black artists who have won the Oscar.  Check out their array of movies, including those for which they received their awards.

Hattie McDaniel – 1939 Best Supporting Actress for Gone With the Wind
Sidney Poitier – 1963 Best Actor for Lilies of the Field
Louis Gossett, Jr. – 1982 Best Supporting Actor for An Officer and a Gentleman
Denzel Washington – 1989 Best Supporting Actor for Glory and 2001 Best Actor for Training Day
Whoopi Goldberg – 1990 Best Supporting Actress for Ghost
Cuba Gooding, Jr. – 1996 Best Supporting Actor for Jerry Maguire
Halle Berry – 2001 Best Actress for Monster’s Ball
Jamie Foxx – 2004 Best Actor for Ray
Morgan Freeman – 2004 Best Supporting Actor for Million Dollar Baby
Jennifer Hudson – 2006 Best Supporting Actress for Dreamgirls
Forest Whitaker – 2006 Best Actor for The Last King of Scotland
Mo’Nique – 2009 Best Supporting Actress for Precious
Octavia Spencer – 2011 Best Supporting Actress for The Help


Celebrate Black History Month and enjoy the Oscars!