Minority Oscar Winners in Major Acting Categories

Jennie Wood

Sidney Poitier
Best Actor in a Leading Role for Lilies of the Field, 1963
Sidney Poitier
When Sidney Poitier won in 1963, he became the first African-American male to win an Oscar. He also became the first actor to receive two acting nominations, having previously been nominated for The Defiant Ones in 1958.
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