'12 Years a Slave's Chiwetel Ejiofor & 2 Other Black Actors Might Get Oscar Nods This Year — What Other Times Did the Oscars Make History?

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This weekend, 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen's critically adored festival darling about a free man sold into slavery, hits theaters. There's been a lot of buildup for the film over the past few months, with critics almost unanimously calling it a lock for a Best Picture nomination, if not win. And if star Chiwetel Ejiofor gets Academy recognition for his role, as is expected? He could make history as one of three or even four black men nominated for Best Actor. It wouldn't be the first year the Oscars have broken records, but it'd certainly be one of the biggest. Let's take a look back at some of the most history-making years in Oscar history. Image: Fox Searchlight

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