Who was the first African American to win an Oscar?

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


Hattie McDaniel, who won Best Supporting Actress for Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939).