30 Famous Firsts in Oscars History

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25. First Black performer to win Best Actor
> Winner: Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field
> Year: 1963

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24. First crime film to win Best Picture
> Winner: In the Heat of the Night
> Year: 1967

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23. First X-rated movie to win an Oscar
> Winner: Midnight Cowboy (later re-rated to R)
> Year: 1969

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22. First science fiction film to be nominated for Best Picture
> Winner: A Clockwork Orange
> Year: 1971

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21. First horror film nominated for Best Picture
> Winner: The Exorcist
> Year: 1973

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