The kinds of black roles that win Oscars

There are plenty of dubious issues when it comes to minority movies roles and which ones get Oscar attention. Did you know that only two performers have won Oscars for playing LGBT film characters who don't die? Those would be Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman in Capote and Penelope Cruz as Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Then there's the issue of racial minorities and their Oscar chances. In the year where #OscarsSoWhite is finally picking up major traction, let's discuss the kinds of black supporting roles that tend to win the Oscar — and why. 

(Note: I mentioned Ray Charles and Forest Whitaker together in the introduction — meant to say Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker. Foxx did disappear into that role but I didn't intend to make him disappear from this episode. Apologies!)