10 Most Famous African-American Oscar Winners

Hattie McDaniel


She was the first African-American to ever win an Oscar. Her performance as Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939) won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also happens to be the oldest African-American female to win at the age of 44. She was also a singer-songwriter, comedian, stage actress, radio performer, and television star. She also holds the credit for being the first African-American to sing on the radio in America. Most of her work in films was not credited to her, but some of it did. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one is for her radio work and the other is of course for her work in films. She was also inducted in the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1975. She was further recognized with her own US postage stamp that made her the first African-American Oscar winner to be given that honour. She was known as a comic actress and won the role for Mammy when she auditioned wearing a real maid’s uniform.