Breakout Stars of 2012

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  • Ava DuVernay
  • Omari Hardwick
  • Issa Rae
  • Da'Vine Joy Randolph
  • Jay Pharoah
  • Kevin Hart
  • David Oyelowo
  • Adepero Oduye
  • Emayatzy Corinealdi
  • Norm Lewis

Jay Pharoah

His brilliant dead-on impersonations of Eddie Murphy, Kanye West, Will Smith and Denzel Washington earned Jay Pharoah legendary Saturday Night Live comedy status. But this year the comedian portrayed our nation’s first African-American POTUS President Barack Obama, making Pharoah a household name.

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