Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American win an Oscar. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and she won for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939).
Other firsts for African Americans at the Oscars
James Baskett was the first African-American man to receive an academy award. He was given an Honorary Academy Award for his portrayal of Uncle Remus in Song of the South(1946)
Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Carmen Jones (1954)
Sidney Poitier was the first African American man to win an academy award. He was nominated for the Best Actor award, and he won for his role in Lilies of the Field(1963).
Louis Gossett, Jr. was the first African-American to win the Best Supporting Actor award. He won for his role in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982).
John Singleton was the first African American nominated for a Best Director Academy Award for his work on Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Halle Berry was the first African-American to win the Best Actress award. She won for her role in Monster's Ball(2001).
Hattie McDaniel, who won the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Mammy in "Gone With the Wind" (1939).
Hattie McDaniel was nominated for the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Supporting Actress for Gone with the Wind(1939) as Mammy. She won. Not only is she the first African American (male or female) to be nominated for an Oscar, but she is the first African American (male or female) to win an Oscar, and she is also the oldest black actress to win an Oscar (age 44).
Hattie McDaniel won as Best Supporting Actress for Gone with the Wind (1939).Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to win an Oscar for her role in "Gone With the Wind" (Best Supporting Actress, 1939).The first African American woman to win an Best Actress was Halle Berry for Monsters Ball (2001).
The first African-American actress to win a Best Actress Oscar was Halle Berry, who was honored for her work in the 2001 drama "Monster's Ball." A stand-up comic once said the second was Charlize Theron, who won the 2002 Best Actress Oscar for her performance in "Monster." Theron was born in South Africa and is now an American citizen.
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