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African-American Milestones in Movies and TV

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First African-American to win an Academy Award: Hattie McDaniel, Best Supporting Actress for Gone With the Wind (1939)


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First African-American to be featured on a sitcom: Ethel Waters as Beulah in "Beulah" (1950)

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First African-American to host a network television show: Nat 'King' Cole in "The Nat King Cole Show" (1954)

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First African-American nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress: Dorothy Dandridge for Carmen Jones (1954)

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First African-American actor to be nominated for an Academy Award: Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones (1958)

First African-American to win an Academy Award: Sidney Poitier, Best Actor for Lillies of the Field (1963)


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First African-American star of a TV drama: Cicely Tyson in "East Wide/West Side" (1963)

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First African-American actor (male or female) to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award: Diahann Carroll for "Naked City" in 1963

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First African-American in a lead role in primetime TV: Bill Cosby in "I Spy" (1965)

Cosby is also the first African-American (male or female) to win a Primetime Emmy Award, for "I Spy" in 1966

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First African-American to direct a major Hollywood film: Gordon Parks, who directed The Learning Tree (1969) for Warner Brothers

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First African-American to win a non-acting Academy Award: Isaac Hayes, who won the award for Best Original Song for the "Theme From Shaft" from Shaft (1972)

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First African-American actress to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Isabel Sanford for "The Jeffersons" in 1981

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First African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor: Louis Gossett Jr. for An Officer and a Gentleman (1983)

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First African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score: Prince for Purple Rain (1985)

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First African-American producer to be nominated for Best Picture: Quincy Jones for The Color Purple (1985)

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First African-American actor to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Robert Guillaume for "Benson" in 1985

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First African-American woman to host a daytime talk show: Oprah Winfrey in "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986)

First African-American woman to win a Cecil B. DeMille Award: Oprah Winfrey in 2017

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First African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Original Score: Herbie Hancock for 'Round Midnight (1987)

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First African-American actor to win a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy: Morgan Freeman in Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

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First African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director: John Singleton for Boyz n the Hood (1992)

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First African-American actress to win Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy: Angela Bassett in What's Love Got to Do With It (1993)

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First African-American to host the Academy Awards solo: Whoopi Goldberg (1994)

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First African-American to win two Academy Awards for acting: Denzel Washington in Glory (1989), for which he won Best Supporting Actor, and Training Day (2001), for which he won Best Actor

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First African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actress: Halle Berry for Monster's Ball (2001)

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First Disney Princess of African-American Heritage: Tiana, heroine of The Princess of the Frog (2009), who was voiced by Anika Noni Rose

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First African-American actress to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Viola Davis for "How to Get Away With Murder" in 2015

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First African-American woman to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Lena Waithe for "Master of None" in 2017

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First African-American actor to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Sterling K. Brown for "This Is Us" in 2017

First African-American actor to win a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown for "This Is Us" in 2017

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