Proud African Oscar winners over the years

2015-02-20 13:08

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Everyone is looking forward to the 2015 Academy Awards, or The Oscars, this Sunday.

Although there are sadly no South Africans nominated this year, #Trending will avidly be watching the Foreign Film Category, where Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako will be vying to win with his gripping Cannes winner Timbuktu.

The Oscars is somewhat of an American affair, but that hasn't stopped talented Africans from all over the continent from winning or being nominated for their own golden statuettes. We round up some of our favourite African Oscar attendees over the years.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his emotional performance as Solomon Northup in 12 Years A Slave in 2013. Well deserved.

Barkhad Abdi

Barkhad Adbi from Somalia was absolutely riveting in his role as a desperate pirate in Captain Phillips. He received a Best Actor in a Supporting Role nomination at the Oscars in 2014.

Lupita Nyong’o

Who could forget Kenyan Lupita Nyong’o winning Best Actress in a Supporting Role for 12 Years A Slave at the 2013 Oscars? That speech, that dress. It was pure perfection.

Charlize Theron

Benoni homegirl Charlize Theron took Best Actress in a Leading Role for her riveting role in Monster in 2003. We're pretty much still buzzing about it.

Benin's Djimon Hounsou took Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his part in In America in 2004. He also happens to be a powerful voice against poverty and injustice and has supported Oxfam's work for more than five years.

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