Luise Rainer, Jewish and born in Germany, won her second consecutive Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as a Chinese peasant in 1937's The Good Earth.
Eddie Murphy played Saul, a Jewish senior citizen in Coming to America (1988).
Sidney Poitier played Middle Eastern men in The Long Ships and the Biblical epic, The Greatest Story Ever Told. There are two Oscar-nominated performances in classic films, however, that make me say "Bless your heart, but you are so not a black person." The first film is Saratoga Trunk. Before I write about that movie, let me introduce you to Theresa Harris. This lovely, talented black actress worked steadily in films through the 1930s and 40s. She was usually, but not always, in maid roles. The camera loved her.
She acted opposite Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich and Loretta Young. She played opposite Barbara Stanwyck as the best friend in Baby Face and she was the maid to Bette Davis' headstrong Southern belle in Warner Brothers' Oscar-winning Jezebel.
British actress Flora Robson worked opposite Laurence Olivier in 1939's Wuthering Heights. She played Queen Elizabeth I in The Sea Hawk starring Errol Flynn. She also played one of the conflicted nuns in the classic British film, Black Narcissus.
Somehow Warner Brothers studio executives looked at Flora Robson, turned to each other and said, "That white lady is perfect to play the black Southern maid in our production of Saratoga Trunk starring Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper."
For this performance in Saratoga Trunk, Flora Robson was an Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress of 1946. Theresa Harris and Butterfly McQueen must have called each other up and said, "What the phuk?" (Pardon my language.) The next film is a tragedy from Shakespeare.
Laurence Olivier earned one of his 9 Best Actor Oscar nominations for playing Othello.
I know. Oliver's production sported an all-British company. And a good company it was.
There you have it. Some examples of different race casting that Buzzfeed.com missed.