Do You Know These African-American Pioneers?
Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)
Jack Johnson (1878-1946)
Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952)
In other major acting categories, Sydney Poitier was the first black performer to win the award for Best Actor (for Lilies of the Field, 1963), while Louis Gossett Jr. was the first to win Best Supporting Actor (for An Officer and a Gentleman, 1982). The first African-American performer to win Best Actress was Halle Berry, for her role in 2001's Monster's Ball.