Since 1939, the Oscar has been given to an increasing number of black recipients. From Hattie McDaniel to Ruby Dee, these are the honorees who have struck gold

By Mark S. Luckie
Updated February 19, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST
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INTERACTIVITY BY MARK S. LUCKIE; Denzel Washington: Doug Mills/AP; Hattie McDaniel: Corbis; Jonas Gwangwa: Getty; Quincy Jones: Trapper Frank/Corbis; Sidney Poitier: David Sprague/WireImage.com; Russell Williams II: Arnold Turner/WireImage.com; Sharen Davis: Tammie Arroyo/AP; Louis Gossett Jr.: Ron Galella/WireImage.com; Cuba Gooding Jr.: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.com; Forest Whitaker: Lester Cohen/WireImage.com; Willie D. Burton: Kevork Djansezian/AP; Jennifer Hudson: Frank Micelotta/Getty; Jamie Foxx: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty; Morgan Freeman: UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh/Landov; Whoopi Goldberg: Eric Draper/AP; Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost): Everett Collection; Halle Berry: John McCoy/WireImage.com; Lionel Richie: ILPO MUSTO/LFI; Spike Lee: Kobal Collection; Dorothy Dandridge: MPTV.net

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