10 Black Actors Who Should've Won An Oscar

10 Black Actors Who Should've Won An Oscar
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 04, 2010

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Dynamic Duo: Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett

Playing: Ike Turner and Anna Mae Bullock/Tina Turner

Raw Emotion In: What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993)
You Better Recognize: The final confrontation between Ike and Tina, at which point Tina finally fights back.

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The Man: Samuel L. Jackson

Playing: Carl Lee Hailey

At His Best In: A Time to Kill (1996)

You Better Recognize: After killing his daughter’s rapist in the middle of the court room, Carl gets real gangsta on the stand, stating with a southern twang, "Yes they deserve to die, and I hope they burn in hell.

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Hats Off To: Derek Luke

Playing: Antwone Fisher

Told a Real Story In: Antwone Fisher (2002)

You Better Recognize: In the scene at the front door of his foster mother’s home, with conviction in his voice he emotionally proclaims, “I’m still standing, I’m still strong.”

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We Applaud: Michael Clark Duncan
Playing: Tired John Coffey

A Gentle Giant In: The Green Mile (1999)

You Better Recognize: Our eyes watered as he told Paul (Tom Hanks) he’s ready to go because he’s “rightfully tired of the pain” he had to face in the world.

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Hats Off To: Viola Davis
Playing: Mrs. Miller
Slow but Steady Role In: Doubt (2008)
You Better Recognize: As the unsettling voice of morality, Davis managed to steal the spotlight from Meryl Streep with just two scenes.

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The Unknown: Djimon Hounsou
Playing: Cinque
Made Us Realize Harsh Realities In:Amistad (1997)

You Better Recognize:It only took four words, “Give us, us free.”

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Never Forgot: Michael Wright
Playing: Eddie Caine
The Black Classic: The Five Heartbeats (1991)
You Better Recognize: Eddie’s last attempt, with a soiled jacket and a bad perm, to get back into the group; “Nights like this, I wish raindrops would fall-al-al.”

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The Beautiful: Thandie Newton
Playing: Beloved
Brought the Book To Life In: Beloved (1998)
You Better Recognize: Playing any character in this psychologically alluring film would be difficult, but Newton effortlessly gave Beloved a certain mysticism and eeriness.

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The Vigilante: Ving Rhames
Playing: Mann
In The Racially Charged: Rosewood (1997)
You Better Recognize: How hard was it to keep your Caucasian friends after witnessing the Rosewood Massacre through Mann’s eyes?

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Soul Bearer: Kimberly Elise
Playing: Helen
Wasn’t Playing Games In: Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
You Better Recognize: Nevermind that the Academy refuses to recognize Tyler Perry, Elise’s Helen reminded us just how mad we can, and sometimes should, get.

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The Beautiful: Thandie Newton
Playing: Beloved
Brought the Book To Life In: Beloved (1998)
You Better Recognize: Playing any character in this psychologically alluring film would be difficult, but Newton effortlessly gave Beloved a certain mysticism and eeriness.

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