The 2017 Academy Awards are just days away and this year’s nominations list is blacker than ever!

Just a year after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the academy has made it a point to make every subsequent year as diverse as possible. This year’s nominees include greats like multiple Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, Viola Davis for Fences and breakout star of the year, Mahershala Ali.

In honor of Black Excellence, check out our gallery of black actors who have taken home the Academy Award.

Black Excellence: All The Black People Who Have Won Oscars  was originally published on