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|Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|1958||Sidney Poitier||The Defiant Ones||Noah Cullen||Nominated||First black actor to be nominated for Best Actor.|
|1963||Sidney Poitier||Lilies of the Field||Homer Smith||Won||First black actor to win Best Actor.|
First black actor to receive two acting nominations (Best Actor).
Youngest black actor to win Best Actor (age 37).
|1970||James Earl Jones||The Great White Hope||Jack Jefferson||Nominated|
|1972||Paul Winfield||Sounder||Nathan Lee Morgan||Nominated||First film to feature black nominees for both Best Actor and Best Actress.|
|1986||Dexter Gordon||Round Midnight||Dale Turner||Nominated||First jazz musician to be nominated for Best Actor|
|1989||Morgan Freeman||Driving Miss Daisy||Hoke Colburn||Nominated|
|1992||Denzel Washington||Malcolm X||Malcolm X||Nominated|
|1993||Laurence Fishburne||What's Love Got to Do with It||Ike Turner||Nominated||Second film to feature black nominees for both Best Actor and Best Actress.|
|1994||Morgan Freeman||The Shawshank Redemption||Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding||Nominated|
|1999||Denzel Washington||The Hurricane||Rubin Carter||Nominated|
|2001||Denzel Washington||Training Day||Alonzo Harris||Won||Second black actor to receive the award for Best Actor.|
|Will Smith||Ali||Muhammad Ali||Nominated||First male hip hop artist to be nominated for an Academy Award.|
First time that multiple black actors received Best Actor nominations.
|2004||Jamie Foxx||Ray||Ray Charles||Won||First black actor to receive two acting nominations in the same year.|
|Don Cheadle||Hotel Rwanda||Paul Rusesabagina||Nominated|
|2005||Terrence Howard||Hustle & Flow||DJay||Nominated|
|2006||Forest Whitaker||The Last King of Scotland||Idi Amin||Won|
|Will Smith||The Pursuit of Happyness||Chris Gardner||Nominated|
|2009||Morgan Freeman||Invictus||Nelson Mandela||Nominated|
|2012||Denzel Washington||Flight||William "Whip" Whitaker||Nominated||Denzel Washington has the most nominations for a black Actor: Best Actor (4 nominations) and Best Supporting Actor (2 nominations)|
|2013||Chiwetel Ejiofor||12 Years a Slave||Solomon Northup||Pending||First black British actor to be nominated for Best Actor|
|Best Actress in a Leading Role|
|1954||Dorothy Dandridge||Carmen Jones||Carmen Jones||Nominated||First black actress to be nominated for Best Actress.|
|1972||Diana Ross||Lady Sings the Blues||Billie Holiday||Nominated||First black actress to receive an Academy Award nomination for a debut film performance.|
First time that multiple black actresses received Best Actress nominations.
|Cicely Tyson||Sounder||Rebecca Morgan||Nominated||First film to feature black nominees for both Best Actor and Best Actress.|
First time that multiple black actresses received Best Actress nominations.
|1985||Whoopi Goldberg||The Color Purple||Celie Johnson||Nominated||First time that multiple black actresses received nominations for the same film.|
|1993||Angela Bassett||What's Love Got to Do with It||Tina Turner||Nominated||Second film to feature black nominees for both Best Actor and Best Actress.|
|2001||Halle Berry||Monster's Ball||Leticia Musgrove||Won||First black actress to win Best Actress.|
|2009||Gabourey Sidibe||Precious||Claireece "Precious" Jones||Nominated||Second film to feature black nominees for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.|
Second black actress to receive a lead Academy Award nomination for a debut film performance.
|2011||Viola Davis||The Help||Aibileen Clark||Nominated||Third film to feature black nominees for both Best Actress and Supporting Actress categories.|
Tied with Whoopi Goldberg as the most nominated black actress with 2 nominations.
|2012||Quvenzhané Wallis||Beasts of the Southern Wild||Hushpuppy||Nominated||Youngest ever Best Actress nominee(aged 9).|
Third black actress to receive a lead Academy Award nomination for a debut film performance.
|Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|1969||Rupert Crosse||The Reivers||Ned||Nominated||First black actor to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor|
|1981||Howard Rollins||Ragtime||Coalhouse Walker Jr.||Nominated|
|1982||Louis Gossett, Jr.||An Officer and a Gentleman||Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley||Won||First black actor to win Best Supporting Actor.|
|1984||Adolph Caesar||A Soldier's Story||Sgt. Waters||Nominated|
|1987||Morgan Freeman||Street Smart||Fast Black||Nominated||First time that multiple black actors received Best Supporting Actor nominations.|
|Denzel Washington||Cry Freedom||Steve Biko||Nominated|
|1989||Denzel Washington||Glory||Pvt. Trip||Won||First black actor to receive two Best Supporting Actor nominations.|
|1992||Jaye Davidson||The Crying Game||Dil||Nominated||First black actor to receive an Academy Award nomination for a debut film performance.|
First Black British actor to receive an Academy Award nomination.
|1994||Samuel L. Jackson||Pulp Fiction||Jules Winnfield||Nominated|
|1996||Cuba Gooding, Jr.||Jerry Maguire||Rod Tidwell||Won||Youngest black male actor to win an Academy Award (age 29).|
|1999||Michael Clarke Duncan||The Green Mile||John Coffey||Nominated|
|2003||Djimon Hounsou||In America||Mateo||Nominated||First black actor born in Africa (specifically in Benin) to receive an Academy Award nomination.|
First black African to be nominated.
|2004||Morgan Freeman||Million Dollar Baby||Eddie 'Scrap-Iron' Dupris||Won||Oldest black actor to win an Academy Award (age 67).|
|Jamie Foxx||Collateral||Max||Nominated||First black actor to receive two acting nominations in the same year.|
|2006||Djimon Hounsou||Blood Diamond||Solomon Vandy||Nominated|
|Eddie Murphy||Dreamgirls||James 'Thunder' Early||Nominated||First film to feature black nominees for both Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.|
|2013||Barkhad Abdi||Captain Phillips||Abduwali Muse||Pending||Second black actor born in Africa (specifically in Somalia) to receive an Academy Award nomination.|
Second black actor to receive an Academy Award nomination for a debut film performance
|Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|1939||Hattie McDaniel||Gone with the Wind||Mammy||Won||First black person (male or female) to win an Academy Award.|
First black person (male or female) to be nominated for Best Acting.
First black actress to win Best Supporting Actress.
Oldest black actress to win an Academy Award (age 44).
|1949||Ethel Waters||Pinky||Mrs. Dicey Johnson (Pinky's Granny)||Nominated||Second black person to be nominated for an Academy Award.|
|1959||Juanita Moore||Imitation of Life||Annie Johnson||Nominated|
|1967||Carol Channing||Thoroughly Modern Millie||Muzzy Van Hossmere||Nominated||First time that two black actresses were nominated in the same category.|
|Beah Richards||Guess Who's Coming to Dinner||Mrs. Prentice||Nominated|
|1983||Alfre Woodard||Cross Creek||Geechee||Nominated|
|1985||Margaret Avery||The Color Purple||Shug Avery||Nominated||Second time that multiple black actresses received Best Supporting Actress nominations.|
First time that multiple black actresses received nominations for the same film.
|1990||Whoopi Goldberg||Ghost||Oda Mae Brown||Won||First black actress to receive two acting nominations overall.|
Second black actress to win Best Supporting Actress.
|1996||Marianne Jean-Baptiste||Secrets & Lies||Hortense Cumberbatch||Nominated||First British black actress to receive an Academy Award nomination.|
First black person (male or female) born outside the United States to receive an Academy Award nomination in an acting category.
|2002||Queen Latifah||Chicago||Matron Mama Morton||Nominated||First female hip hop artist to be nominated for an Academy Award.|
|2004||Sophie Okonedo||Hotel Rwanda||Tatiana Rusesabagina||Nominated||Second British black actress to receive an Academy Award nomination.|
|2006||Jennifer Hudson||Dreamgirls||Effie White||Won||First black actor (male or female) to win an Academy Award for a debut film performance.|
Youngest black actress to win or be nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
Youngest black actor (male or female) to win an Academy Award (age 25).
First film to feature black nominees for both Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
First black actress to win an Academy Award for a musical film.
|2007||Ruby Dee||American Gangster||Mama Lucas||Nominated||Oldest black actress to be nominated for an Academy Award (age 83).|
|2008||Viola Davis||Doubt||Mrs. Miller||Nominated||Third time two black actresses were nominated in the same category.|
|Taraji P. Henson||The Curious Case of Benjamin Button||Queenie||Nominated|
|2009||Mo'Nique||Precious||Mary Lee Johnston||Won||Second film to feature black nominees for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.|
Fourth black actress to win in this category.
|2011||Octavia Spencer||The Help||Minny Jackson||Won||Third film to feature black nominees for both Best Actress and Supporting Actress.|
Fifth black actress to win in this category.
|2013||Lupita Nyong'o||12 Years a Slave||Patsey||Pending||First black African (Kenyan) actress to be nominated.|
|Academy Award for Best Cinematography|
|1998||Remi Adefarasin||Elizabeth||Nominated||First black person to be nominated for Best Cinematography.|
|Academy Award for Best Costume Design|
|1992||Ruth E. Carter||Malcolm X||Nominated||First black person (male or female) to be nominated for Best Costume Design.|
|Academy Award for Best Director|
|1991||John Singleton||Boyz n the Hood||Nominated||First black person to be nominated for Best Director.|
Youngest person ever nominated in this category (age 24).
|2009||Lee Daniels||Precious||Nominated||Second black person to earn a Best Director nomination.|
First black director to earn a Best Picture nomination.
|2013||Steve McQueen||12 Years a Slave||Pending||Third black person to earn a Best Director nomination.|
First black British person to earn a Best Director nomination.
|Academy Award for Documentary Feature|
|1990||Yvonne Smith (producer)||Adam Clayton Powell||Nominated||Shared with Richard Kilberg.|
First black producer to be nominated for Best Documentary Feature.
|1997||Spike Lee (director)|
Samuel D. Pollard (producer)
|4 Little Girls||Nominated||First black director to be nominated for Best Documentary Feature.|
|2004||Karolyn Ali (producer)||Tupac: Resurrection||Nominated|
|2012||T. J. Martin (director)||Undefeated||Won||First black person to win in this category.|
First black director to win in this category.
|Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject|
|2000||Leelai Demoz||On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom||Nominated||Shared nomination with Eric Simonson.|
First black person to be nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject.
|2009||Roger Ross Williams||Music by Prudence||Won||Shared nomination with Elinor Burkett.|
First black person to win Best Documentary Short Subject.
|Academy Award for Film Editing|
|1969||Hugh A. Robertson||Midnight Cowboy||Nominated||First black person to be nominated for Best Editing.|
|Academy Award for Original Music Score|
|1961||Duke Ellington||Paris Blues||Nominated||First black person to be nominated for Best Original Score.|
|1967||Quincy Jones||In Cold Blood||Nominated|
|1978||Quincy Jones||The Wiz||Nominated||First black person to be nominated in the Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score (which is different from Best Original Score category).|
|1984||Prince||Purple Rain||Won||First black winner of Best Original Song Score (which is different from Best Original Score category); this category was retired afterwards.|
|The Color Purple||Nominated||Shared nomination with 9 other composers.|
|1986||Herbie Hancock||Round Midnight||Won||First black winner of Best Original Score.|
|1987||Jonas Gwangwa||Cry Freedom||Nominated||Shared nomination with white composer George Fenton.|
|Academy Award for Best Original Song|
|Banning||"The Eyes of Love"||Nominated||First black people to be nominated for Best Original Song.|
|For Love of Ivy||"For Love of Ivy"||Nominated||First black people to be nominated twice for Best Original Song.|
|1971||Isaac Hayes||Shaft||"Theme from Shaft"||Won||First black winner for Best Original Song.|
First black winner for any award other than in the acting categories.
|1981||Lionel Richie||Endless Love||"Endless Love"||Nominated|
|1983||Irene Cara||Flashdance||"Flashdance... What a Feeling"||Won||First black woman to win a non-acting Academy Award.|
Shared nomination and win with composer Giorgio Moroder and co-lyricist Keith Forsey.
|1984||Stevie Wonder||The Woman in Red||"I Just Called to Say I Love You"||Won|
|1984||Ray Parker, Jr.||Ghostbusters||"Ghostbusters"||Nominated|
|1985||Lionel Richie||White Nights||"Say You, Say Me"||Won|
|The Color Purple||"Miss Celie's Blues"||Nominated|
|1987||Jonas Gwangwa||Cry Freedom||"Cry Freedom"||Nominated||Shared nomination with composer George Fenton.|
|1988||Lamont Dozier||Buster||"Two Hearts"||Nominated||Shared nomination with Phil Collins.|
|1994||James Ingram||Beethoven's 2nd||"The Day I Fall In Love"||Nominated||Shared nomination with Carole Bayer Sager and Cliff Magness.|
|1995||James Ingram||Junior||"Look What Love Has Done"||Nominated||Shared nomination with Carole Bayer Sager, James Newton Howard and Patty Smyth.|
|Hustle & Flow||"It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"||Won||First black rappers to win an Academy Award.|
|2006||Siedah Garrett||Dreamgirls||"Love You I Do"||Nominated||Shared nomination with composer Henry Krieger.|
|August Rush||"Raise It Up"||Nominated|
|Rio||"Real in Rio"||Nominated||Shared with Sergio Mendes.|
Garrett is the most nominated Black female songwriter (2 nominations).
|2013||Pharrell Williams||Despicable Me 2||"Happy"||Pending|
|Academy Award for Best Picture|
|1985||Quincy Jones||The Color Purple||Nominated||First black producer whose film was nominated for Best Picture.|
|2009||Lee Daniels||Precious||Nominated||First black director whose film was nominated for Best Picture.|
First time two films with black producers were nominated for Best Picture.
|Broderick Johnson||The Blind Side||Nominated||First time two films with black producers were nominated for Best Picture.|
|2012||Reginald Hudlin||Django Unchained||Nominated|
|2013||Steve McQueen||12 Years a Slave||Pending||Second black director whose film was nominated for Best Picture.|
First black British producer to be nominated for Best Picture.
|Academy Award for Live Action Short Film|
|1991||David Massey||Last Breeze of Summer||Nominated||First black person (male or female) to be nominated for Short Film (Live Action).|
|1995||Dianne Houston||Tuesday Morning Ride||Nominated||First black female to be nominated for Short Film (Live Action).|
|Academy Award for Sound|
|1978||Willie D. Burton||The Buddy Holly Story||Nominated||First black person to be nominated for Best Sound.|
|1980||Willie D. Burton||Altered States||Nominated||First black person to be nominated multiple times for Best Sound.|
|1983||Willie D. Burton||WarGames||Nominated|
|1988||Willie D. Burton||Bird||Won||First black person to win Best Sound.|
|1989||Russell Williams||Glory||Won||Second black person to win Best Sound.|
|1990||Russell Williams||Dances with Wolves||Won||First black person to win multiple Academy Awards in any category.|
|1994||Willie D. Burton||The Shawshank Redemption||Nominated|
|1999||Willie D. Burton||The Green Mile||Nominated|
|2006||Willie D. Burton||Dreamgirls||Won||First black person to be nominated, and to win, after category was renamed "Sound Mixing".|
|Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay|
by William H. Armstrong
|Nominated||First black nominee for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).|
|1984||Charles Fuller||A Soldier's Story||A Soldier's Play|
by Charles Fuller
|Won||First black person to win a screenplay Academy Award.|
|2013||John Ridley||12 Years a Slave||Twelve Years a Slave|
by Solomon Northup
|Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay|
|1972||Suzanne de Passe||Lady Sings the Blues||Nominated||Shared nomination with co-writers Chris Clark and Terence McCloy.|
First black nominee for Best Writing (Original Screenplay).
First black female nominated for screen-writing.
|1989||Spike Lee||Do the Right Thing||Nominated||First black male to be nominated for Best Writing (Original Screenplay).|
|1991||John Singleton||Boyz n the Hood||Nominated|
|1948||James Baskett||Academy Special Award, for his characterization of Uncle Remus in Song of the South.|
|1995||Quincy Jones||Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award|
|2002||Sidney Poitier||Academy Honorary Award, "for his extraordinary performances and unique presence on the screen and for representing the industry with dignity, style and intelligence".|
|2011||James Earl Jones||Academy Honorary Award, "for his legacy of consistent excellence and uncommon versatility"|
|Oprah Winfrey||Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award|