14th September 2018

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Who was the first black man to win an Academy Award for best actor?

Sidney Poitier became the first black man to win an Oscar with his best actor award for Lilies of the Field.

Then, who was the first black man to win best actor?

  • Hattie McDaniel. 1940. The first black person to win an Oscar, Hattie McDaniel, had to accept her 1940 best supporting actress trophy in a segregated hotel.
  • Sidney Poitier. 1964. Courtesy of The Oscars/YouTube.
  • Isaac Hayes. 1972.
  • Louis Gossett, Jr. 1983.
  • Irene Cara. 1984.
  • Prince. 1985.
  • Stevie Wonder. 1985.
  • Lionel Richie. 1986.

Who was the first black actor?

Hattie McDaniel Biography. Actress and radio performer Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940, for her supporting role as Mammy in 'Gone With the Wind.'

Who was the first black male to win an Oscar?

With his historic Oscar win for Lilies of the Field, Poitier became only the second African American to win an Academy Award. The first was Hattie McDaniel, who won in the Best Supporting Actress category in 1939 for Gone with the Wind.
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