This year as the Academy Awards turns the ripe old age of 80, I decided to do some research on OUR history w/ the "golden guy," being that this year it will be even harder to find faces of color among the celebrated crowd. If you haven't been keeping abreast of the nominations, Long time actress Rudy Dee will be the only African-
American up for an award Sunday. In the 80 yrs. that awards have been handed out, only 25 blacks have gone home with one, here's that line up:
Hattie McDaniel, Best Actress in a Supporting Role Gone With the Wind (1939).
James Baskett, Honorary Award for Uncle Remus, (1946)
Sidney Poitier, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Lilies of the Field (1963).
Isaac Hayes, Best Music, Original Song for "Theme from Shaft" from Shaft (1971).
Louis Gossett, Jr., Best Actor in a Supporting Role for An Officer and a Gentleman (1982).
Irene Cara, Best Music, Original Song for Flashdance (1983).
Prince, Best Music, Original Song Score for Purple Rain (1984).
Stevie Wonder, Best Music, Original Song for The Woman in Red (1984).
Lionel Richie, Best Music, Original Song for White Nights (1985).
Herbie Hancock, Best Music, Original Score for 'Round Midnight (1986).
Willie D. Burton, Best Sound for Bird (1988)
Denzel Washington, Best Actor in a Supporting /Lead Role for
Glory / Training Day (1989/2001).
Russell Williams II, Best Sound for Glory (1989)
Whoopi Goldberg, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Ghost (1990).
Russell Williams II, Best Sound for Dances With Wolves (1990)
Quincy Jones, 1995 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Cuba Gooding, Jr., Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Jerry Maguire (1996).
Halle Berry, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Monster's Ball (2001).
Sidney Poitier, Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award
Jamie Foxx, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Ray (2004).
Morgan Freeman, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman, and Paul Beauregard [Three 6 Mafia], Best Music, Original Song from Hustle & Flow (2005).
Forest Whitaker, Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Last King of Scotland (2006).
Jennifer Hudson, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Dreamgirls (2006).
Willie D. Burton, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for Dreamgirls (2006)
Root for Ruby and CHANGE this Sunday night while you watch.