Oscar: Black Supporting Actors–Nominees and Winners

The Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress awards were first established in 1936.

It took over five decades for the first black performer to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, Louis Gosseett Jr. for An Officer and a Gentleman, in 1982.

It took 3 years for the first black woman–Hattie McDaniel for Gone With the Wind, in 1939, to be nominated for and win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

However, it took no less than 33 years for a black performer–Rupert Crosse for The Reivers, in 1969–to receive a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.

In the Academy’s long history, only 5 black performers–and 6 performances– have won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar (amounting to less than 5 percent).

Mahershala Ali is  the only black actor to win two Supporting Actor Oscars, for Moonlight in 2016 and for Green Book in 2018.


Black Supporting Actor Winners:

1982: Louis Gossett Jr. An Officer and a Gentleman

1989: Denzel Washington, Glory

1996: Cuba Gooding Jr, Jerry Maguire

2004: Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby

2016: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

2018: Mahershala Ali, Green Book


Black Supporting Actors Nominees:

1969: Rupert Crosse, The Reivers

1981: Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Ragtime

1984: Adolphe Caesar, A Soldier’s Story

1987: Morgan Freeman, Street Smart

1992: Jaye Davidson, The Crying Game

1994: Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction

1999: Michael Clarke Duncan, The Green Mile

2003: Djimon Hounsou, In America

2004: Jamie Foxx, Collateral

2006: Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond

2006: Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls