The Video Vault – Feb22

February 2022

This Black History Month we celebrate Oscar-winning performances!

Since 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has given many awards for acting. Yet, they have only given 20 awards to Black actors in all that time. This month we celebrate those award-winning performances, while also calling for more diversity at the Oscars!

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Oscar-Winning Performances

Judas And The Black Messiah
2020
Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.
Daniel Kaluuya
Best Supporting Actor 
Green Book
2018
A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.
Mahershala Ali
Best Supporting Actor
If Beale Street Could Talk
2018
A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn’t commit.
Regina King
Best Supporting Actress
Fences
2016
A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.
Viola Davis
Best Supporting Actress
Moonlight
2016
A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.
Mahershala Ali
Best Supporting Actor
12 Years A Slave
2013
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Lupita Nyong’o
Best Supporting Actress
The Help
2011
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Octavia Spencer
Best Supporting Actress
Precious
2009
In New York City’s Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
Mo’Nique
Best Supporting Actress
Dreamgirls
2006
A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.
Jennifer Hudson
Best Supporting Actress
The Last King of Scotland
2006
Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin’s regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s.
Forest Whitaker
Best Actor
Million Dollar Baby
2004
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.
Morgan Freeman
Best Supporting Actor
Ray
2004
The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.
Jamie Foxx
Best Actor
Monster’s Ball
2001
After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard re-examines his attitudes while falling in love with the African-American wife of the last prisoner he executed.
Halle Berry
Best Actress
Training Day
2001
A rookie cop spends his first day as a Los Angeles narcotics officer with a rogue detective who isn’t what he appears to be.
Denzel Washington
Best Actor
Jerry Maguire
1996
When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former colleague.
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Best Supporting Actor
Ghost
1990
After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.
Whoopi Goldberg
Best Supporting Actress
Glory
1989
Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.
Denzel Washington
Best Supporting Actor
An Officer And A Gentleman
1982
A young man must complete his work at a Navy Officer Candidate School to become an aviator, with the help of a tough Gunnery Sergeant and his new girlfriend.
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Best Supporting Actor
Lilies Of The Field
1963
A traveling handyman becomes the answer to the prayers of nuns who wish to build a chapel in the desert.
Sidney Poitier
Best Actor
Gone With The Wind
1939
The manipulative daughter of a Georgia plantation owner conducts a turbulent romance with a roguish profiteer during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Hattie McDaniel
Best Supporting Actress

These movies are presented in their unedited form as inspiration for Film students and faculty. Some content may be for mature audiences, and viewers should use their own discretion when selecting a film. All ideas presented in these films are the views of their respective creators, and the sharing of these films does not represent an endorsement of the content, filmmaker biography or history of these films by Lesley University faculty or staff.