Best Actor

Jamie Foxx, BET Awards

Jamie Foxx

Ever since he vowed, during his 2008 Oscars acceptance speech, to “live this African-American dream,” Jamie Foxx has been doing just that. The A-list actor continued to push boundaries last year with the title role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

Don Cheadle, BET Awards

Don Cheadle

The prolific actor and activist has been pulling double duty as a film and television star this year. After winning a Golden Globe for his leading role on Showtime’s House of Lies, Don Cheadle returned to the big screen in Flight and most recently Iron Man 3

Common, BET Awards

Common

Common’s profile as an actor continues to rise. The Grammy-nominated rapper stars in AMC’s drama Hell on Wheels and this year added to his feature film credits with mega-ensemble comedy Movie 43,The Odd Life of Timothy Green and LUV which he starred in and produced.

Samuel L. Jackson, BET Awards

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson is the Guinness Book of World Record’s Highest-Grossing Actor of All-Time and continues to reign with roles in The Avengers and Django Unchained. The latter is Quentin Tarantino’s most profitable film to date, proving that everything Jackson has the midas touch.

Denzel Washington, BET Awards

Denzel Washington

This perennial leading man added to his impressive body of work this year with Flight. Denzel Washington was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Whip Whitaker, a talented airline pilot with a drug and alcohol problem whose act of heroism exposes his dark side. 

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