The Oscars Decoded: 12 Black Actors Who Won & Their Career Impact

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FOREST WHITAKER

Known for his portrayals in Platoon, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and The Crying Game, Whitaker won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in 2006’s The Last King of Scotland at the age of 45. After toiling for years in lesser roles on TV and film, Whitaker earned his spot as a powerful performer with an estimated net worth between $15 and $20 million. According to The Hollywood Reporter, TNT has put in script orders for five new dramas, including H.I.K.E., a police procedural being co-written by Whitaker and Law & Order: SVU scribe Amanda Green. The project will center on a female cop who runs the Home Invasion Kidnapping Enforcement (H.I.K.E.) team in Phoenix, AZ, which is the "kidnapping capital" of the U.S.

FOREST WHITAKER

Known for his portrayals in Platoon, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and…

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