Released in 1969, "Z" is an Algerian-French political thriller based on a 1966 novel written by Greek author Vassilis Vassilikos. It became the first African film to win an Academy Award in 1970, picking up both Best Foreign Language Film (now the International Feature category) and Best Film Editing.
Seven years later, "Black And White In Color" (1976) would win the continent's second Best Foreign Language Film award. Set in the Ivory Coast and directed by Frenchman Jean-Jacques Annaud, the movie follows French colonists in Central Africa during World War I.
Trefor Proud (L) and Christine Blundell hold their Oscar statues after winning the Best Makeup category at the 2000 Academy Awards for their work on the film "Topsy-Turvy." Proud was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, making him the first African to win in this category.
"Monster" (2003) is an American crime drama directed by Patty Jenkins. The film is based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a sex worker who killed several of her male clients. In 2004, South African actor Charlize Theron (pictured here in a scene from the movie) won an Academy Award for her leading role in the film.
Theron's win for Best Actress in a Leading Role made her the first African woman to win an Oscar.
Two years later, South Africa would find more success at the Academy Awards. "Tsotsi" (2005) is a crime drama about a young gang member who steals a car -- only to discover a baby in the backseat. In 2006, the film won Best Foreign Language Film, a first for South Africa. The win garnered plenty of attention back home; leading actors Presley Chweneyagae (left) and Terry Pheto (right), with director Gavin Hood, are pictured here with former president Nelson Mandela.