The 22 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

 2013  Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave

          Best Supporting Actress

2016  Mahershala Ali for Moonlight

          Best Supporting Actor

2016  Viola Davis for Fences 

          Best Supporting Actress

2018  Mahershala Ali for Green Book 

          Best Supporting Actor

2018   Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk

           Best Supporting Actress

2020   Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah

           Best Supporting Actor 

 2021  Will Smith for King Richard 

            Best Actor

2021  Ariana DeBose for West Side Story 

             Best Supporting Actress 

Besides the 22 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 

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  Morgan Freeman for The Shawshank Redemption

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 

2002  Queen Latifah for Chicago

2003  Djimon Hounsou for In America 

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

2006  Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happiness

2006  Djimon Hounsou for Blood Diamond

2007  Ruby Dee for American Gangster

2008  Viola Davis for Doubt

2008  Taraji Henson for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

2009  Gabourey Sidibe for Precious

2009  Morgan Freeman for Invictus

2011  Viola Davis for 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

2016  Denzel Washington for Fences

2016  Ruth Negga for Loving

2016  Naomie Harris for Moonlight 

2016 Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures

2017  Denzel Washington for Roman J. Israel, Esq.

2017  Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out

2017  Octavia Spencer for The Shape of the Water

2017  Mary J. Blige for Mudbound

2019  Cynthia Erivo for Harriet

2020 Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

2020 Viola Davis for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

2020 Andra Day for The United States vs. Billie Holliday

2020 Lakeith Stanfield for Judas and the Black Messiah

2020 Leslie Odom Jr. for One Night in Miami 

2021 Denzel Washington for The Tragedy of Macbeth

2021 Aunjanue Ellis for King Richard