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08 What ethnic actors have won/been nominated for Academy Awards?




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This article is from the rec.arts.movies.current-films FAQ, by Evelyn C. Leeper evelynleeper@geocities.com with numerous contributions by others.

08 What ethnic actors have won/been nominated for Academy Awards?

(This question seem to come up every year at Oscar time.)

"Actors of ethnic extraction other than European/Mediterranean who have
been nominated for Academy Awards" (so we don't start quibbling over Omar
Sharif). I'm not a big fan of groupings by race, but it has its educational
values in a situation like this, showing Hollywood's record in honoring
minority contributions. In borderline cases, we have gone by the "as
generally perceived" standard--thus no Ben Kingsley, who seems thoroughly
British despite the fact that his father was Gujrati, and none of the many
American actors who proudly say they're "part Indian" when they mean 1/16 or
1/32. With that ponderous preamble out of the way, here's the list:

                             BLACK
  
Hattie McDaniel        1939   supp   Gone with the Wind   WON
Dorothy Dandridge      1954   lead   Carmen Jones
Sidney Poitier         1958   lead   The Defiant Ones
                       1963   lead   Lilies of the Field  WON
Juanita Moore          1959   supp   Imitiation of Life
Beah Richards          1967   supp   Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Rupert Crosse          1969   supp   The Reivers
James Earl Jones       1970   lead   The Great White Hope
Paul Winfield          1972   lead   Sounder
Cicely Tyson           1972   lead   Sounder
Diana Ross             1972   lead   Lady Sings the Blues
Diahann Carroll        1974   lead   Claudine
Howard E. Rollins Jr   1981   supp   Ragtime
Louis Gossett Jr.      1982   supp   An Officer and a Gentleman  WON
Alfre Woodard          1983   supp   Cross Creek
Adolph Caesar          1984   supp   A Soldier's Story
Whoopi Goldberg        1985   lead   The Color Purple
                       1991   supp   Ghost                WON
Margaret Avery         1985   supp   The Color Purple
Oprah Winfrey          1985   supp   The Color Purple
Dexter Gordon          1986   lead   Round Midnight
Morgan Freeman         1987   supp   Street Smart
                       1989   lead   Driving Miss Daisy
                       1994   lead   The Shawshank Redemption
Denzel Washington      1987   supp   Cry Freedom
                       1989   supp   Glory		 WON
                       1992   lead   Malcolm X
Jaye Davidson          1992   supp   The Crying Game
Laurence Fishburne     1993   lead   What's Love Got to Do with It?
Angela Bassett         1993   lead   What's Love Got to Do with It?
Samuel L. Jackson      1994   supp   Pulp Fiction
Cuba Gooding, Jr.      1996   supp   Jerry Maguire	WON
Marianne Jean-Baptiste 1996   supp   Secrets & Lies
Denzel Washington      2000   lead   The Hurricane
Michael Clarke Duncan  2000   supp   The Green Mile
  
                  ASIAN (including Polynesian)
  
Miyoshi Umeki          1957   supp   Sayonara             WON
Sessue Hayakawa        1957   supp   The Bridge on the River Kwai
Mako                   1966   supp   The Sand Pebbles
Jocelyn LaGarde        1966   supp   Hawai`i
Haing S. Ngor          1984   supp   The Killing Fields   WON
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita  1984   supp   The Karate Kid
  
           [whatever your term is for] PRE-EUROPEAN NORTH AMERICAN
  
Anthony Quinn          1952   lead   Viva Zapata           WON
Anthony Quinn          1956   supp   Lust for Life         WON
Chief Dan George       1970   supp   Little Big Man (Squamish)
Graham Greene          1991   supp   Dances with Wolves (Oneida (Iroquois))
  
			     HISPANIC
Rita Moreno            1961   supp   West Side Story       WON
Norma Aleandro         1987   supp   Gaby--A True Story
Andy Garcia            1991   supp   The Godfather Part III
Rosie Perez            1993   supp   Fearless
Fernanda Montenegro    1999   supp   Central Station

Note that John Singleton is now the first black to be nominated as
best director (1991, BOYZ N THE HOOD).

(Although Anthony Quinn is often listed as Hispanic, comments by
him about his ancestry on "The Actors Studio" lead me to list him
as "Pre-European North American." I will not entertain arguments about
whether Montenegro is Hispanic or not--there are at least several
definitions that would include her, and I'll fall back on "generally
perceived.")

[Thanks to Jon Conrad, conrad@sun.acs.udel.edu, for bulk of this answer.
John Cawley, johnmike@news.delphi.com, maintains a list of Native American
actors and their tribes.]

 

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