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James Basket, First Black Entertainer To Receive An Oscar



James Baskett was an American on-screen character known for his depiction of Uncle Remus, singing the tune "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" in the 1946 Disney highlight film Song of the South. This was one of the main Hollywood depictions of a dark performing artist as a non-comic character in a main part in a film implied for general groups of onlookers. Baskett was not permitted to go to the film's debut in Atlanta, Georgia since Atlanta was racially isolated by law. He has been reprimanded for playing a belittling part, however it was one of the first to soften racial lines up film.

In acknowledgment of his warm depiction of the popular dark storyteller he was given a Honorary Academy Award, making him the First Black male entertainer to get an Oscar.

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