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The 14 Black Actors who have won Academy Awards (Oscars) as Daniel Kaluuya Wins Oscar

Oscars 2021: 'What A Man,' Said Daniel Kaluuya On The Role That Won Him Best Supporting Actor

The Oscar for supporting actor went to Daniel Kaluuya for his role in “Judas and the Black Messiah” at the 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday night. This was Kaluuya’s second nomination; he had been previously recognized for his role in 2017’s “Get Out.”

Kaluuya was in the unusual position of competing against his costar in the movie, LaKeith Stanfield, also nominated for supporting actor. This was the 20th time in Oscar history that multiple performers from the same film have been nominated for supporting actor, but the first for two Black actors. Kaluuya is also the first Black actor to win competing against a costar. Of the 19 previous showdowns, only six resulted in a win for one of the nominated costars.

In “Judas and the Black Messiah,” Kaluuya plays Fred Hampton, the young, charismatic leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party who was killed by police while at home in Chicago on Dec. 4, 1969. Directed by Shaka King, the film explores the dynamic between Hampton and William O’Neal (Stanfield), the head of his security detail who was also an FBI informant and instrumental in the raid that took Hampton’s life.

In a speech that immediately became the stuff of Oscar legend, Kaluuya began by saying, “To chairman Fred Hampton. What a man, what a man. How blessed we are they we lived in a lifetime that he existed. Thank you for your light. He was on this earth for 21 years, 21 years and he found a way to feed kids breakfast, educate kids, give free medical care, against all the odds.

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“He showed me, he taught me,” Kaluuya said. “Him, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, the Black Panther Party, they showed me how to love myself. And with that love they overflowed it to the Black community and then to other communities. And they showed us the power of union, the power of unity. That when they played divide and conquer, we say unite and ascend. Thank you so much for showing me myself.

“There’s so much work to do guys, and that’s on everyone in this room, this ain’t no single man job. And I look to every single one of you, you got work to do,” Kaluuya continued. “And I’m gonna get back to work Tuesday morning, because tonight I’m going up. We’re going up. Gonna enjoy myself tonight. We gotta celebrate. We gotta celebrate life. We’re breathing, we’re walking, it’s incredible. Like it’s incredible. My mom met my dad, they had sex. It’s amazing, you know what I’m saying, I’m here. I’m so happy to be alive, so we’re going to celebrate that tonight. I appreciate every single person in the room, I appreciate everyone watching at home. Love. Peace, love and onwards.”

Kaluuya was also a winner for the role at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and SAG Awards.

Aside from Stanfield, also nominated in the category were Sacha Baron Cohen, with his first acting nomination for “The Trial of the Chicago 7″ (he’s also a screenwriting nominee this year for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”); Leslie Odom, Jr., also nominated for original song for “One Night in Miami”; and Paul Raci for “Sound of Metal.”

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!

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