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

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MORGAN FREEMAN

Although Freeman was nominated for the Academy Award three times prior for his work in 1987’s Street Smart, 1989’s Driving Miss Daisy and 1994’s Shawshank Redemption, it wasn’t until 2004 that he actually walked away with the gold. At age 67, Freeman became the oldest African American to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Million Dollar Baby. Over the course of his near 50-year career, he’s appeared in critically acclaimed films like Glory, Lean on Me and both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, the latter of which grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Freeman has also carved out a profitable niche as a voiceover actor, lending his recognizable voice to the 2005 War of the Worlds remake, 2011’s Conan the Barbarian and several documentaries.

MORGAN FREEMAN

Although Freeman was nominated for the Academy Award three times prior for his work…

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