9 Famous Black Actresses Oscar Winners You Should Remember

The debate around this year’s Oscar elections has actually reignited the yearly conversations concerning diversity in Hollywood as no actresses nor actors of color was nominated in the last two years. Also, the million dollar question why just a handful has actually won in the last 88 years of the American Academy Awards. Anyhow, let’s take the opportunity here to celebrate these 8 amazingly talented and famous black actresses that has won this coveted award.

Hattie McDaniel – Best Supporting Actress, 1940

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Actress Hattie McDaniel was born upon June 10, 1893, in Wichita, Kansas. In addition to acting in several films, McDaniel was a well known singer-songwriter, comedian, stage actress, radio performer, as well as television star. In addition, she was the first black woman to sing on the radio in America.

In 1934, she landed her first movie break in the film Judge Priest. After starring in many movies she made history in Hollywood as the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940 for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind. She died on October 26, 1952, in Los Angeles, California.

Irene Cara – Best Original Song, 1984

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She is best recognized for her character Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame, earning her a Golden Globe nomination. On top of that her recording of the track “Fame” proved to be a hit around the world.

Not only that, Irene managed to be the only entertainer ever to sing two Academy Award nominated songs, Fame as well as Out There On My Own in the same event. Cara took home the Oscar for the song that she co-wrote, “What A Feeling” from the evergreen movie Flashdance. This also made her the very first African-American female to win a non-acting Academy Award. She shared the award with composer Giorgio Moroder as well as co-lyricist Keith Forsey.

Whoopi Goldberg – Best Supporting Actress, 1991

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Whoopi Goldberg was elated when she went on stage in 1991 to receive the Best Supporting Actress award for her magnificent performance as Oda Mae Brown in the all time romantic favourite, “Ghost”. It took awhile but she was the 2nd black female actress to win this prominent award. In addition to that, she was also the very first African American to have obtained Academy Award nominations for both Best Actress (The Color Purple) and Best Supporting Actress (Ghost) in the same year.

Halle Berry – Best Actress, 2002

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Born on August 14, 1966, in Cleveland, Ohio, Halle Berry is a top Hollywood actress and also previous beauty queen and fashion model. For her spectacular performance in Monster’s Round in 2001, she was nominated for a BAFTA Award and also won an Academy Award for best actress. This is a huge symbolic win for her as she was the very first African-American woman to win this main leading award! Berry provided an emotional speech as she held her Oscar, to make this night to remember for all the black actresses that have struggled in this industry to prove their worth. She beat fellow nominees Judi Dench (Iris), Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge), Sissy Spacek (In the Bedroom) and Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones’s Diary).

The Academy Award that year was also an iconic triumph for the black community as it also saw for the very first time two black people won the main Oscar awards in the very same year with Denzel landing the best actor title. Today Halle is one of the highest-paid and most successful actress in Hollywood. Berry also transformed how beauty is represented in the community as the spokeswoman for Revlon.

Jennifer Hudson – Best Supporting Actress, 2007

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Jennifer Hudson is an American actress as well as singer. In 2004, she gained a spot on American Idol, which gave her great exposure for her career as well as a developing a faithful fan base. In 2006, she played a Motown singer in the film Dreamgirls, for which she took home a Golden Globe and an Oscar. She additionally won a Grammy in 2008 for her debut gold certified album.

Mo’Nique – Best Supporting Actress, 2009

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In 2009, she received excellent reviews for her performance as the violent Mary Lee Johnston in the film Precious. That role landed her many awards that year including the coveted Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also hosted The Mo’Nique Show, a late-night talk show that premiered in 2009 on BET; but was later terminated in 2011. In 2015, she received rave comments for her performance as Ma Rainey in the HBO biopic Bessie and earned a Primetime Emmy Award election.

Octavia Spencer – Best Supporting Actress, 2012

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Octavia Spencer bagged the Oscar for best supporting actress at the Academy Award event in 2012. Spencer’s film The Help was a box office success, and she was considered the favorite for the award after winning both the Bafta and Golden Globe.

She fought off a strong list of actresses, defeating her “Help” co-star Jessica Chastain, along with “The Artist” star Bérénice Bejo, “Bridesmaids” comedian Melissa McCarthy and also “Albert Nobbs” actress Janet McTeer. This came as a blessing as it was also the first time she was a nominee for Oscar.

Lupita Nyong’o – Best Supporting Actress, 2013

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She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2013. She ended up being the first Kenyan as well as first Mexican actress to win an Academy Award. Her heartfelt performance of an abused slave won the actress huge recognition in that year’s awards. She also won the SAG and Independent Spirit awards. As a fresh face in Hollywood, Nyong’o has hit it well from her elegance to her fashion taste on the red carpet. Born in Mexico and brought up in Kenya, she had actually not appeared in a feature film till McQueen selected her amongst countless actresses for the winning character in 12 Years.

Viola Davis – Best Supporting Actress, 2017

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This year’s Oscar saw another great achievement for this talented actress. Viola has become the first black female actress to win the Triple Crown in acting by winning the Tony, Emmy and now the Oscar. Her superb performance in the movie Fences and her inspirational acceptance speech made it all happen that magical night!

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