Famous African American Actors and Actresses

13 Black Actors And Actresses Who've Won Oscars  October 8, 2013 – 09:08 am

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By Lilly Workneh

13 Black Oscar Winners At just 9, Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest Best Actress nominee.

Their outstanding performances earned these actors a place in movie history.

February is one busy month.

Sure it’s the shortest, but it jam packs 28, sometimes 29, days with everything from romance on the 14th to award shows throughout. It also umbrellas one of the nation's most celebrated observances of the year—Black History Month.

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The end of the month is upon us but it isn’t bowing out until after the 85th Academy Awards this Sunday. From Mammy to Minnie, some of Hollywood’s most famous African American actors took home Oscar gold for their roles in critically acclaimed films. History was in the making last year when The Help's Octavia Spencer became the fifth Black actress to ever win Best Supporting Actress. And this year, 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis is recorded as the youngest Best Actress nominee in the show’s history.

On a night that honors the best of the best, we shine light on the elite Black actors and actresses whose previous performances carved them a place in showbiz history.

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Well truth be told they don't do well overseas.

Attempts at marketing mostly black cast films fail to bring in any money overseas. So it is reality. And what they base overseas off of is Asia, Europe and Australia. Not a single Tyler Perry, John Singleton or Spike Lee film has been able to do well on the global market. Black films can do well domestically, but they just don't attract attention non-black markets due to often what is seen as a need to understand the nuances in African American culture to for foreign film goers to understand them.
Now when Black actors and actresses are cast in mainstream films as leads then all that washes away

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