26 Black Oscar Winners

Take a look back at previous black nominees who’ve won.

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    Hattie McDaniel

    Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Gone With the Wind, 1940

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    Sidney Poitier

    Best Actor in a Leading Role: Lilies of the Field, 1963

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    Isaac Hayes

    Best Original Song: Shaft, 1971

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    Louis Gossett Jr.

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role: An Officer and a Gentleman, 1982

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    Irene Cara

    Best Original Song: Flashdance, 1983

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    Best Original Song Score: Purple Rain, 1984

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    Stevie Wonder

    Best Original Song: The Woman in Red, 1984

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    Lionel Richie

    Best Original Song: White Nights, 1985

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    Herbie Hancock

    Best Original Score: Round Midnight, 1986

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    Willie D. Burton

    Best Sound Mixing: Bird, 1988
    Best Sound Mixing: Dreamgirls, 2006

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    Denzel Washington

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Glory, 1989
    Best Actor in a Leading Role: Training Day, 2001

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    Russell Williams

    Best Sound Mixing: Glory, 1989
    Best Sound Mixing: Dances With Wolves, 1990

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    Whoopi Goldberg

    Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Ghost, 1991

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    Cuba Gooding Jr.

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jerry Maguire, 1996

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    Frederick M. Brown

    Halle Berry

    Best Actress in a Leading Role: Monster’s Ball, 2001

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    Jamie Foxx

    Best Actor in a Leading Role: Ray, 2004

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    Morgan Freeman

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Million Dollar Baby, 2004

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    Best Original Song: Hustle & Flow, 2005

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    Forest Whitaker

    Best Actor in a Leading Role: The Last King of Scotland, 2006

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    Jennifer Hudson

    Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Dreamgirls, 2006

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    Geoffrey S. Fletcher

    Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Precious, 2009

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    Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Precious, 2009

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    Roger Ross Williams

    Best Documentary Short Subject: Music by Prudence, 2009

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    Octavia Spencer

    Best Actress in a Supporting Role: The Help, 2012

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    T.J. Martin

    Best Documentary Feature: Undefeated, 2012