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10 Wonderful Black Films That Were Snubbed by the Oscars

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Director Spike Lee’s film was groundbreaking, funny and considered by many to be his best work. Its statement on race relations rings true today, 25 ½ years later. The scene where Radio Raheem was killed in a chokehold by police was eerily similar to Eric Garner’s death in Staten Island last year. The top movie critics of the day, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, called it one of the top 10 films of the 1980s. But it wasn’t nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Worse, Driving Miss Daisy, a much less incendiary portrait of race relations about an elderly white woman and her African-American chauffeur, won Best Picture that year.

TheButlerLee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)

Highly acclaimed, this film that chronicles the life of White House butler Cecil Gaines (played by Forest Whitaker)  was not nominated for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director or Best Picture  — one of the Oscars’ most recent gargantuan snubs

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3 thoughts on “10 Wonderful Black Films That Were Snubbed by the Oscars

  1. Abbas Ali says:

    They all great movies > I really enjoyed watchin > Skin<.

  2. Tracy Mobley says:

    what about the color purple!

  3. Raymond Edwards says:

    In my opinion, the best movie that's not on the list is Malcom X. Denzell had that part nailed. If you closed your eyes and just listened to him speak, you would swear it was Malcom. Spike got robbed big time. Same issues with the "Grammy Awards"…. As a child of the 60's/70's and 80's, I always wondered when I was young why the Ohio Players, Isley Bros. or Parliament/Funkadelic never got a Grammy when they provided us with funky hit after funky hit and serious slow jams. Mainstream critics (non Black) will always pass over what they don't understand or experienced in life.

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