You Got Robbed!

The Oscars are upon us. It's time to kick back, grab some popcorn and yell at the TV screen. Will Precious get snubbed by the Academy? Well, if so, it'll be in good company. Here are some of the biggest Oscar flubs for nominated black stars.

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  • Robbed: Juanita Moore

    Robbed: Juanita Moore

    Best Supporting Actress in 1959

    Imitation of Life

    Remember how Miss Lora (Lana Turner) cried over Annie’s (Juanita Moore) death bed? And how Mahalia Jackson sang “Trouble of the World” at her funeral?

    Winner: Shelley Winters, The Diary of Anne Frank

  • Robbed: The Color Purple

    Robbed: The Color Purple

    Best Supporting Actress in 1985, Whoopi Goldberg

    “I’m poor, black, I might even be ugly, but dear God, I’m here. I’m here.”

    Winner: Geraldine Page in The Trip to Bountiful

    Best Supporting Actress in 1985, Margaret Avery and Oprah Winfrey

    It’s a toss-up here. Shug or Miss Sofia?

    Winner: Angelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor

  • Robbed: Morgan Freeman

    Robbed: Morgan Freeman

    Best Actor in 1989

    Driving Miss Daisy

    Daisy: What are you doing?

    Hoke: I’m tryin’ to drive you to the sto’.

    Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot

  • Robbed: Do the Right Thing

    Robbed: Do the Right Thing

    Best Original Screenplay in 1989

    Buggin’ Out: “Hey, Sal, how come they ain’t no brothas on the wall?”

    Winner: Tom Schulman, Dead Poets Society

  • Robbed: John Singleton

    Robbed: John Singleton

    Best Director in 1991

    Boyz in the Hood

    Winner: Jonathan Demme, Silence of the Lambs

  • Late Bloomer

    Late Bloomer

    Best Actor in 1992

    Denzel Washington, Malcolm X

    Yes, Denzel finally got his due in 2006. But, it shouldn’t have taken that long.

    Winner: Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman

  • Robbed: What's Love Got to Do With It?

    Robbed: What's Love Got to Do With It?

    Best Actor and Actress in 1993

    Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett

    “My husband and I just had a fight. I’m supposed to open at the Academy tonight. I have 36 cents and a Mobil card, and if you just give me a room, I swear I will pay you back.”

    Winner: Tom Hanks in Philadelphia

    Winner: Holly Hunter in The Piano

  • Third Time's a Charm?

    Third Time's a Charm?

    Best Actor in 2001 and 2006

    Will Smith has been nominated twice for Best Actor—Ali (2001) and The Pursuit of Happyness (2006). Both times he lost out to another black actor. Sorry, Will!

    2001 Winner: Denzel Washington, Training Day

    2006 Winner: Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

  • Toss-Up!


    Best Actor in 2004

    Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda

    Winner: Jamie Foxx, Ray

  • Robbed: Sophie Okonedo

    Robbed: Sophie Okonedo

    Best Actress in 2004

    Hotel Rwanda

    Hotel Rwanda is one of those hard-to-watch movies. But, Okonedo loses herself in this role and falls into the character.

    Winner: Cate Blanchett, The Aviator

  • Toss-Up: Viola or Taraji?

    Toss-Up: Viola or Taraji?

    Best Supporting Actress in 2008

    Viola Davis in Doubt


    Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    Winner: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

  • The Root's Honorary Oscar

    The Root's Honorary Oscar

    Best Supporting Actor in 2006

    Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls

    Only because this is the funniest we’ve seen Eddie Murphy in years!

    Winner: Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine