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Minority Oscar Winners in Major Acting Categories

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Octavia Spencer
Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Help, 2011
Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer won for portrayal of Minny Jackson in 2011's The Help, the third film to have African-American actresses nominated in both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories. Spencer also won the Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG, and Critics' Choice awards for the role.
Photo source: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
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