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This book profiles all the nominees and recipients of the coveted award in the acting, writing, and directing categories, beginning with the first: Hattie McDaniel's Best Supporting Actress win in 1939 for her role in Gone with the Wind. Each entry, organized chronologically and by name, provides valuable information about how the role or film was viewed during its time, and also places it in historical context by drawing connections to other related awards or events in film history. Also, appendixes provide lists of non-acting and non-directing nominees and winners, overlooked performances, and performers of nominated songs. Celebrating the achievements of Sidney Poitier, Whoopi Goldberg, Halle Berry, Morgan Freeman, Spike Lee, Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington, and others, this volume provides an enlightening history of the black experience in Hollywood.
About the Author:
Edward Mapp, now retired, is professor emeritusof speech and communications, City University of New York