The 14 Black Actors who have won Academy Awards (Oscars)

 

1939  Hattie McDaniel for Gone With the Wind

          Best Supporting Actress

 1963  Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field

          Best Actor

 1982  Louis Gossett, Jr. for An Officer and a Gentlemen

          Best Supporting Actor

 1989  Denzel Washington for Glory

          Best Supporting Actor

 1990  Whoopi Goldberg for Ghost

          Best Supporting Actress

 1996  Cuba Gooding, Jr. for Jerry Maguire

          Best Supporting Actor

 2001  Denzel Washington for Training Day

          Best Actor

 2001  Halle Berry for Monster’s Ball

          Best Actress

 2004  Jamie Foxx for Ray

          Best Actor

 2004  Morgan Freeman for Million Dollar Baby

          Best Supporting Actor

 2006  Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland

          Best Actor

 2006  Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls

          Best Supporting Actress

 2009  Mo’Nique for Precious

          Best Supporting Actress

 2011  Octavia Spencer for The Help

          Best Supporting Actress

 2014  Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave

          Best Supporting Actress

  

What follows on this page are the other Black performers who have been Oscar nominated. To date, 50 Black actors have been nominated for (acting) Academy Awards.

Besides the 14 Black actors who have won Academy Awards (some nominated more than once), the following Black performers have been nominated as actors.

 

1948  Ethel Waters for Pinky

1954  Dorothy Dandridge for Carmen Jones

1958  Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones

1959  Juanita Moore for Imitation of Life

1967  Beah Richards for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

1969  Rupert Crosse for The Reivers

1970  James Earl Jones for The Great White Hope

1972  Paul Winfield for Sounder

1972  Cicely Tyson for Sounder

1972  Diana Ross for Lady Sings the Blues

1974  Diahann Carroll for Claudine

1981  Howard Rollins for Ragtime

1983  Alfre Woodard for Cross Creek

1984  Adolph Caesar for A Soldier’s Story

1984  Morgan Freeman for Street Smart

1985  Whoopi Goldberg for The Color Purple

1985  Oprah Winfrey for The Color Purple

1985  Margaret Avery for The Color Purple

1986  Dexter Gordon for Round Midnight

1987  Denzel Washington for Cry Freedom

1989  Morgan Freeman for Driving Miss Daisy (and 1994 for The Shawshank Redemption)

1992  Jaye Davidson for The Crying Game

1992  Denzel Washington for Malcolm X

1993  Laurence Fishburne for What’s Love Got to Do With It

1993  Angela Bassett for What’s Love Got to Do With It

1994  Samuel L. Jackson for Pulp Fiction

1996  Marianne Jean-Baptiste for Secrets & Lies

1999  Denzel Washington for The Hurricane

1999  Michael Clarke Duncan for The Green Mile

2001  Will Smith for Ali  (and 2006 for The Pursuit of Happiness)

2002  Queen Latifah for Chicago

2003  Djimon Hounsou for In America (and 2006 for Blood Diamond)

2004  Don Cheadle for Hotel Rwanda

2004  Jamie Foxx for Collateral

2004  Sophie Okonedo for Hotel Rwanda

2005  Terrence Howard for Hustle & Flow

2006  Eddie Murphy for Dreamgirls

2007  Ruby Dee for American Gangster

2008  Viola Davis for Doubt

2008  Taraji Henson for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

2009  Gabourey Sidibefor Precious

2009  Morgan Freeman for Invictus

2011  Viola Davisfor The Help

2012  Denzel Washington for Flight

2012  Quvenzhane’ Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild

2013  Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips

2013  Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave

 

Denzel Washington has received the most nominations – an impressive six!

Morgan Freeman comes in second with 5 nominations!