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Minority Oscar Winners in Major Acting Categories

Jennie Wood

Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman
Best Actor in a Lead Role for Ray, 2004
Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Million Dollar Baby, 2004
Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman
Jamie Foxx became the first African-American actor to receive two nominations in acting categories in the same year. He won Best Actor for his protrayl of Ray Charles in Ray. He lost in the supporting category to Morgan Freeman who won for his role as Eddie 'Scrap-Iron' Dupris in Million Dollar Baby. Age 67 at the time, Freeman became the oldest African-American actor to win an Oscar.
Photo source: AP Photo/Reed Saxon
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