The black actors and actresses with Oscar (there are not many)
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We are preparing for The Oscars of 2022 reviewing each nominee, all the nominees for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best International Film, Best Documentary, Original Song, Special Effects or even seen the reactions of the nominees. However, despite some African-American presence, this year does not seem to be the one that balances the balance and black actors and actresses enlarge their small list of winners. Since the creation of the Oscars awards in 1929, only 19 statuettes have been awarded to performances by black actors and actresses, twelve of them in the 21st century alone. In front, more than 300 awards given to white performers. The difference is more than evident, and reflects a reality of racism in the United States that, fortunately, has been changing over the years. Enough? As the statistics show, not even close. Halle Berry she remains, after more than 90 years of awards history, the only black woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress. The rest (which include from the pioneer Hattie McDaniel for ‘Gone with the Wind’, who was unable to attend the ceremony to collect his statuette due to the racial segregation laws of the time, until Viola Davis, Jennifer Hudson and Regina Kingamong other) have had to settle for Best Supporting Actress. Men have been luckier, but not too much: Denzel Washington won the Oscar twice, once for Best Actor (‘Training Day’ in 2001) following the example (almost 40 years later!) of Sidney Poitier in 1963 (he was the first decorated black man, thanks to ‘The Lilies of the Valley’), and since then he has been followed by interpreters such as Mahershala Ali (also with a double, both for Best Supporting Actor, for ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Green Book’), Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker.
The numbers continue to indicate that African-Americans barely star in major Hollywood productions, and this is reflected in the winners of the most important awards in the North American industry. This year, 2021, there could be a situation never seen before: a quartet of non-white winners in the acting categories at the Oscars. The stakes favor the deceased Chadwick Boseman as Best Actor for ‘The Mother of Blues’, Andra Day as Best Actress for ‘The United States against Billie Holiday’ (although here it could also sneak in Viola Davis for ‘The Mother of Blues’), Daniel Kaluya as Best Supporting Actor for ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ and Yuh Jung Youn as Best Supporting Actress for ‘Mirina’. Except for the South Korean actress, three of the winners could be black performers. We take the opportunity to review all the actors and actresses who preceded them, those who paved the way, those who managed to win the awards despite the obstacles.