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!