Only 7 Black women have won oscars and all of them won for best supporting actress.
Hattie McDaniel won an oscar for playing an enslaved Black woman called Mammy in 1939.
The only one who didn’t win an oscar for playing an abusive/abused poor Black woman was Whoopi Goldberg and she was still the sidekick to the two main white characters.
Mo’Nique, Halle Berry, Octavia Spencer, and Jennifer Hudson all won for playing abusive/abused poor Black women.
Lupita Nyong’o won an oscar for playing an enslaved Black woman called Patsey in 2014.
We’ve come full circle and we’re still not the heroes of our own stories.
Still here for celebrating Lupita’s win and how much it means, because it means a whole fucking lot for a multitude of reasons. But also all of the above. Hollywood loves Black suffering. White celebs get nominated for literally every character under the sun, but a Black woman is only considered to be in a “critically acclaimed role” when her character fits a very small, suffering mold. Lupita deserved this win; she’s amazing. But watch Hollywood treat this Oscar win as the good deed for the decade.