is never included. It should be. A Broadway actor, Dooley Wilson originated the role of Joe in Cabin in the Sky done in the film version by Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. Ethel Waters, with that glorious voice of hers, recreated her stage role as Joe's wife for Vincente Minnelli's directorial debut. A new song was written for her to introduce in the film. Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's "Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe" was an Oscar nominee for Best Song.
Waters (at the far left of the of photo with Eddie Anderson and Lena Horne) was the second black person to be nominated for an Academy Award, thanks to her supporting performance in the 1949 Elia Kazan race drama, Pinky. The maid role Ethel Waters played in Pinky was the second film role the recording and Broadway musical star got after 1943's Cabin in the Sky. The first black person to be an Oscar nominee was Hattie McDaniel. She was the first nominee and the first winner, awarded Best Supporting Actress for her work as the sturdy, all-knowing, no-nonsense Mammy to iron-willed Scarlett O'Hara in 1939's classic Civil War drama, Gone With The Wind.
After the Oscar victory, McDaniel would spend pretty much the rest of her film career playing maids. She'd frequently have a skimpy role as a maid even though she'd be the only member of the cast who'd won an Oscar. Look at the satirical comedy, The Male Animal. In that 1942 feature, Hattie's a stereotypical black maid in a scene with Olivia de Havilland, Henry Fonda, Jack Carson and Joan Leslie. She's the only actor in the scene who'd won an Oscar and made major Academy Awards history. But she has the bit part with lines like "Yes'm. I'll get it." Hollywood largely under-utilized the skills of this talented, charismatic actress after her Oscar victory.
Hattie McDaniel acted in another project that made Academy Awards racial history. She had a brief role as a singing mammy cook in Disney's Song of the South (1946).
James Baskett played her friend on the plantation grounds, storyteller Uncle Remus. For his work, Mr. Baskett became the first black man to get an Academy Award. He was given an honorary Oscar for his work in the live action/animated Disney musical.
Actress Ingrid Bergman handed Mr. Baskett his honorary Oscar. With them onstage was Hollywood humanitarian, Jean Hersholt. Neither Hattie McDaniel nor James Baskett could attend the Atlanta premieres of the films that brought them Academy Awards because of racial segregation.
Sam in Casablanca was sort of a Bobby Short many years before the dapper entertainer became the darling of New York City's ritziest nightspots. Think of Bobby Short singing "I'm In Love Again" in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).
Sam did better financially with Rick in Casablanca in 1943 than I did with the guy who became my ex-broadcast agent in New York City in 1999. And there you have it.