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19 Biopics About Black American Icons That Deserve An Oscar Or Emmy

Many Black actors have been snubbed by the Academy Awards and Emmys when they are portraying Black American icons in biopics.

There are countless biopics out there that amazingly depict the lives of notable people in history.

1. Angela Bassett as Tina Turner in What's Love Got To Do With It

2. Denzel Washington as Malcolm X in Malcolm X

3. Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up

4. Andra Day as Billie Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday

5. Leon as David Ruffin in The Temptations

Lead singer David Ruffin (Leon) talks down to the other Temptations group members.

6. Laurence Fishburne as Bumpy Johnson in Hoodlum

7. Viola Davis as Ma Rainey in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

8. Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E in Straight Outta Compton

9. Wylie Draper as teenage and young adult Michael Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream

Michael Jackson (Wylie Draper) recovers from an accident.

10. Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in Bessie

11. Larenz Tate as Frankie Lymon in Why Do Fools Fall In Love?

Frankie Lymon (Larenz Tate) is flirting with one of his future wives.

12. Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall in Marshall

13. Woody McClain as Bobby Brown in The New Edition Story

14. Angela Bassett as Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story

Rosa Parks (Angela Bassett)  is arrested while fighting for Civil Rights

15. Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson in Hidden Figures

16. Beyoncé as Etta James in Cadillac Records

17. David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma

18. Leon as Little Richard in Little Richard

Leon as Little Richard

19. Will Smith as Muhammad Ali in Ali

Are there any other films and roles I'm missing here? Let me know in the comments below!

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