People of Color in Classic Film: The Oscar Journey

By US standards, some of these artists may not be "of color". I made sure to do enough research on these artists to insure that I'm not labeling them as something they're not. Those who I couldn't find information on their ethnicity, I went on and included them--I don't want to leave anyone out.

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Merle Oberon nominated for Best Actress in a Lead Role

1935

Nominated for her role as 'Kitty Vane' in "The Dark Angel".

Achmed Abdullah nominated for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

1935

Nominated for the film--"The Lives of a Bengal Lancer".

James Wong Howe nominated for Best Cinematography

1938

Nominated for the film '"Algiers".

Hattie McDaniel wins Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1939

Won for her role as 'Mammy' in "Gone with the Wind".

James Wong Howe nominated for Best Cinematography

1940

Nominated for the film "Abe Lincoln in Illinois".

James Wong Howe nominated for Best Cinematography

1942

Nominated for the film "Kings Row".

Emile Kuri nominated for Best Art Direction

1942

Nominated for the film "Silver Queen".

James Wong Howe nominated twice for Best Cinematography

1943

Nominated with Elmer Dyer and Charles A. Marshall for "Air Force" and nominated for "The North Star".

Ary Barroso nominated for Best Music--Original Song

1945

Nominated with Ned Washington for the "Brazil" (1944) song 'Rio de Janeiro'.

James Baskett receives Honorary Academy Award

1948

Received Honorary Academy Award for his characterization of 'Uncle Remus' in Walt Disney's "Song of the South".

José Ferrer nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1948

Nominated for his role as 'The Dauphin (Charles VII, Later King of France)' in "Joan of Arc".

Emile Kuri wins for Best Art Direction

1949

Wins with Harry Horner and John Meehan for "The Heiress"

Ethel Waters nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1949

Nominated for her role as 'Pinky's Granny' in "Pinky".