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Minority Oscar Winners in Major Acting Categories

Jennie Wood

Mo'Nique
Best Actress in a Support Role for Precious, 2009
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Stand-up comedian Mo'Nique received critical acclaim and an Oscar for taking on the serious role of Mary Lee Johnston, the abusive mother in Precious. The film was the second to have African-American nominees in both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories. 1985's The Color Purple was the first.
Photo source: AP Photo/Matt Sayles
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