There were big wins for Black Panther securing three Oscars and BlacKkKlansman which won best-adapted screenplay. While the Marvel mega-hit showcased Africa’s greatest superhero from Wakanda, the film from the prodigious black director, Spike Lee, is based on the true story of an African American detective who infiltrates the white supremacist movement, the Ku Klux Klan.
Green Book won Best Motion Picture and earned Mahershala Ali the Best Supporting Actor award. This movie focuses on race relations in the Deep South of the United States in the 1960s and is based on the true story of African American jazz musician, Don Shirley.
The hype around Bradley Cooper’s tragic romantic drama A Star is Born didn’t secure the film as many Oscars as originally envisaged – although co-star Lady Gaga did walk away with the Oscar for Best Original Song “Shallow”.
Rami Malek won Best Actor for his role as Freddie Mercury, the frontman of British rock band Queen, in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. You may not know this but even Malek has African roots. He is a first-generation American whose parents hail from the North African country Egypt.