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 Who was the first African American to win the Academy Award for best actor?

Answer The first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor was Sidney Poitier in 1963. Poitier won for playing the character of "Homer Smith" in "Lilies of the Field."Source:The Academy of ... Read More »
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Who was the first African American to win an Academy Award for best actor?

In 1939, Hattie McDaniel won an Academy Award for her role as Mammy in "Gone With the Wind." Miss McDaniel was the first African-American to be honored with this award. She won the award for best s... Read More »
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Who was the first African-American male to win an Academy Award?

James Baskett was awarded an honorary Oscar at the 1947 Academy Awards for his portrayal of Uncle Remus in "Song of the South." This made him not only the first African-American man to receive an O... Read More »
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Who was the first African American to win an Academy Award for Best Actress?

Halle Berry was the first African-American to win an Academy Award for best actress; she won in 2002 for her role as Leticia Musgrove in "Monster's Ball." Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-Am... Read More »
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Who was the first black actor to win an Academy Award?

According to The Progressive, Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American performer to win an Academy Award for acting. She won the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance as Mammy in ... Read More »
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