Disney Cast Member James Baskett
January 30, 1948, Walt Disney wrote a personal letter to Jean Hersholt, actor and president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, suggesting that James Baskett be awarded a special Academy Award for this work as Uncle Remus in Disney’s film, Song of the South.
Less than 2 months later, James Basket received an Honorary Academy Award for his performance as Uncle Remus. Baskett is the first African American male actor to win an Oscar.
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