COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – Throughout the years, African-American artists have made history at the Oscars. This graphic, in celebration of Black History Month and Sunday’s Academy Awards, represents a timeline of the African-American actors, songwriters, directors and producers who were the first to win in their respective categories.
Fun fact: Did you know? Denzel Washington’s first paid acting role came out of a summer spent in Saint Mary’s City, Maryland. He played Mathias Da Sousa in the play “Wings of the Morning,” according to IMDb.