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Black Oscar Winners Through the Years

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Octavia Spencer 2012 Oscar Win

As we celebrate actress Octavia Spencer winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress we can't help but feel proud of her becoming the fifth Black actress to ever win the category in the Academy Awards' 84-year history.

Spencer joins an elite group of Black actors and actresses who have earned Academy Awards. From Hattie McDaniel (the first Black person to ever win) to Denzel Washington (the only Black actor to have two Oscars), here's a look at African-American actors and actresses who have won Academy Awards.

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