Best Actress

Angela Bassett, BET Awards

Angela Bassett

Still one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood after three decades in the business, Bassett showed off her tough side this year with in Olympus Has Fallen as well as the role of Coretta Scott King in Lifetime Television’s historical biopic Betty & Coretta.

Halle Berry, BET Awards

Halle Berry

The Oscar winner continues to bring it on the big screen. The former beauty queen took on her most challenging role to date in Tom Hanks’ Cloud Atlas, where she played a multitude of characters. She also scored a box office hit with the thriller The Call.

Taraji P. Henson, BET Awards

Taraji P. Henson

The Academy Award-nominated actress (for 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) followed up her breakthrough hit Think Like a Man with a leading role on the CBS procedural Person of Interest

Gabrielle Union, BET Awards

Gabrielle Union

After charming audiences in Think Like a Man, Gabrielle is bringing her beauty and brains to the table for the BET original movie Being Mary Jane. Audiences will connect with Union’s character as the television journalist trying to balance work, family and love.

Kerry Washington, BET Awards

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington has skyrocketed to the top of the A-list with leading roles on television’s hottest show, Scandal. Kerry shows us her lighter side this year in the romantic comedy Peeples, also starring Craig Robinson and David Alan Grier.