The Question: In 1964, who became the first Black winner of the Best Actor Oscar?
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In 1964, Sidney Poitier took home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “Lilies of the Field,” in which he played a man who helps East German nuns build a church in Arizona. He was the first Black actor to win in the category, and nearly 40 years passed before there was another. Denzel Washington, who won in 2002 for “Training Day,” was the second.
The correct answer is Morgan Freeman.