Barack and Michelle Obama won their first Academy Award at the 92nd Oscars held on February 9, 2020. The former first family took home the award for the best feature-length documentary for “American Factory”. The award, the first for the couple, comes after the setup of their production company, Higher Ground.
“American Factory,” tells the story of what happens when a Chinese company opens an automotive glass plant at a former General Motors plant in Ohio and faces intense cultural differences and community skepticism.
Matthew Cherry’s “Hair Love” was also awarded for Best Animated Short Film.
Meanwhile, Cynthia Erivo who scooped two nominations in the Best Actress and Best Original Song categories for the February 9 event failed to win any. With a Tony, Grammy and Emmy award already to her name, the 33-year-old would have become the youngest actor to win all four awards (EGOT) if she had picked an award.
That, notwithstanding, for the purpose of BLACK HISTORY month, we look at some of the black actresses that made history.
Born in 1893 to two former slaves, McDaniel grew up in poverty and followed her brothers onto the stage, making fun of stereotypes by performing in whiteface.