On Sunday, many viewers tuning in to the 2019 Oscar Awards ceremony are hoping to see Regina King and Black Panther win big.
King is nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her powerful performance in If Beale Street Could Talk while Wakanda fans everywhere are crossing their fingers that Black Panther will win Best Picture.
Contrary to many past year’s lineups at the Oscars, there are lots of Black entertainers to root for this year. Mahershala Ali is also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Green Book and Spike Lee is up for a Directing trophy for his latest film, BlACKKKLANSMAN.
While we applaud a more diverse group on nominees this year, it’s no secret that there have been many iconic roles played by Black actors in the past that have been shut out at the Oscars.
During the MACRO and ESSENE pre-Oscar party in Los Angeles on Friday, ESSENCE News caught up with some the celebrities in attendance to ask who they’d give an honorary Oscar to if given the chance. (You know, like righting Angela Bassett’s 1994 snub in the best Supporting Actress category for her iconic portrayal of Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It)
Queen Sugar and Girls Trip star Kofi Siriboe made a case for Cuba Gooding Jr. in Radio, and f course Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett got some love.
Watch and see which other classic movie roles the stars felt got snubbed.