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HBCU Alum who were nominated for Academy Awards

The 2017 Academy Awards, airing Sunday, February 26, are being heralded for its level of diversity.  Indeed, the nominees include more blacks nominated in one year than ever before.  Of the nominees for best supporting actress, three are black women.  And Black directors dominate the Featured Documentary category.  This week The Hundred-Seven highlights HBCU Academy Award nominees.  

**Indicates the nominee won the Academy Award that year.

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Bradford Young

Howard University

Best Cinematography, 2016 (Arrival) 

Beah Richards

Dillard University

Best Actress in a Supporting Role, 1967 (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)

Lionel Richie

Tuskegee University

Best Music, Original Song, 1981 ("Endless Love", Endless Love)
**Best Music, Original Song, 1985 ("Say You, Say Me", White Nights)
Best Music, Original Song, 1985 ("MIss Celie's Blues", The Color Purple)

Mo'Nique

Morgan State University

 **Best Actress in a Supporting Role, 2009 (Precious)

Spike Lee

Morehouse College

Best Writing (Original Screenplay), 1989 (Do the Right Thing)
Best Documentary Feature, 1997 (4 Little Girls)
**Academy Honorary Award, 2015  

Michael Clarke Duncan

Alcorn State University

Best Actor in a Supporting Role, 1999 (The Green Mile)

Jennifer Hudson 

Langston University

**Best Actress in a Supporting Role, 2006 (Dreamgirls)

Oprah Winfrey

Tennessee State University

Best Actress in a Supporting Role, 1985 (The Color Purple)
Best Picture (producer), 2014 (Selma)
**Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, 2011

Ruth E. Carter

Hampton University

Best Costume Design, 1992 (Malcolm X)
Best Costume Design, 1997 (Amistad)

Common

Florida A&M University 

**Best Music, Original Song, 2014 ("Glory", Selma)

(photo credits: eurweb.com, public domain, Billboard,  Rolling Out, Steve LaBadessa, EOnline!, Toni Gauthier, blackfilm.com, CMGDigital.com.)

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