Only Five Actresses of Color Won an Oscar in the 2010s – Will the 2020s be more promising

The Oscars are fast approaching and ALT looks back on the actresses that won the Oscars and the nominations of the 2010s. Although these actresses were recognised in the lead category none of them won, Viola Davis, Gabourey Sidibee, Quvenzhané Wallis, Ruth Negga and Yalitza Aparicio. But women of color did win in the supporting actor category as below.  (Image: Still from Precious) 

Regina King, ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ 2019
Best supporting actress, 2019

Annapurna Pictures 'If Beale Street Could Talk' Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada - 9 Sep 2018
Barry Jenkins, Writer/Director/Producer, , Regina King  centre Colman Domingo Credit: Arthur Mola

Viola Davis, ‘Fences’
Best supporting actress, 2017

Lupita Nyong’o, ’12 Years a Slave’
Best supporting actress, 2014

Octavia Spencer, ‘The Help’
Best supporting actress, 2012

Mo’Nique, ‘Precious’
Best supporting actress, 2010

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