I don't think it's a coincidence that many Black actors have found their entry into big money, blockbuster roles via films that follow a stereotypical, largely American narrative of Black history. If we take it back just to 2010, we have Mo'Nique winning the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Precious.
Fast-forward two years, and it's Octavia Spencer's turn to take home the same accolade for her defining role as Minny in The Help.
Then comes Nyong'o, who was awarded for her career-launching role in 12 Years a Slave.
The trend seems to continue every couple of years, with Viola Davis
taking home the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role after starring in Fences
in 2017. This year, the award was taken by Regina King
for her outstanding performance in If Beale Street Could Talk.
Can you spot the common denominator?