With the 80th Annual Academy Awards taking place on Sunday, I thought that I’d dedicate this post to all of the movies starring BGs and guys that I feel deserved to win or at least be nominated for an Oscar, but were never recognized by the powers that be in Hollywood.
Sure Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Hudson have all fairly recently won the gold and shiny statuette, but there are many other actors and actresses in movies with predominately ethnic casts that have been overlooked throughout the years.
Hollywood seems to be making small strides toward acknowledging and honoring the talents of all actresses and actors who do great work in film, but they still have a long way to go.
This year I’m rooting for Ruby Dee to take home the award for Best Supporting Actress for her outstanding performance in “American Gangster."
Take a trip down memory lane and check out my list of should've-been-winners to see if you agree or can add to it:
“The Color Purple” in 1985
Best Supporting Actor
Laurence Fishburne in "Boyz in the Hood" in 1991
Angela Bassett in "What’s Love Got to Do With It?" in 1993
Jennifer Lopez in "Selena" in 1995
Best Musical Drama (I know that's not a category! LOL)
"The Five Heartbeats" in 1991
"Hoop Dreams" in 1994
Spike Lee for "Malcolm X" in 1992