The Ever-Growing List Of Black Oscar Winners
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Though tides are slowly and steadily changing, the historical lack of diversity at the Academy Awards has our attention. Despite owning killer roles, writing and directing inspiring stories, and crafting the sounds that compliment the action, Black talent has often gone unrecognized and underappreciated.

In the Academy’s 94-year history, only a small fraction Oscars have been given to Black actors and actresses, with even fewer awarded in writing and directing. 

In recent years, big wins for Black Hollywood legends like Regina King and Spike Lee, and relative newcomers like Daniel Kaluuya has signified what may be a promising shift toward increased diversity in nominations. 

From Hattie McDaniel to Regina King, here’s a look at the Black history that has been made at the Academy Awards.

This article was updated on March 28, 2022.


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