Tonight, the world anxiously waits to see if Black Hollywood will make Academy history with two black actresses up for Oscar wins. Viola Davis (Best Actresss) and Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress) are poised to walk away with Academy wins for their roles as domestics in the period dramedy The Help.
History has shown that it isn’t easy for black actors and actresses to make the Oscar ballot. In the Academy’s 84 year history, only 12 statuettes have been handed out to African-American actors. Loop 21 has rounded up eight outstanding performances that should have been rewarded with an Oscar:
What’s Love Got To Do With It?
This 1993 biopic based on the turbulent life of Ike and Tina Turner easily showcased the best performances that year. Angela Bassett brought the iconic singer to life, and even whipped her body into tip-top shape to match Tina’s killer physique. Fishburne brought the pain (literally) and didn’t hold back in displaying Ike’s despicable ways. The two electrified every scene they were in, but the Academy clearly wasn’t interested. Best Actress honors would go Holly Hunter playing a mute in The Piano and Tom Hanks swooped in for Best Actor as an AIDS-infected lawyer for Philadelphia.
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