Hollywood’s awards season kicked into high gear this morning with the announcement of the 86th annual Academy Awards nominations.
There's no doubt that this is a big year for black actors, actresses and directors. Steve McQueen’s critically-acclaimed motion picture “12 Years A Slave” was among the top three films to net the most nods with nine nominations.
But there were also some African-American stars who noticeably didn't make the cut, including Oprah Winfrey for her role in “The Butler” and Idris Elba for his performance in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”.
So we decided that it would be appropriate to highlight some of our very own nominees from last year’s black film renaissance.
Check out our picks below, and share some of your favorites in the comments section.