Chiwetel Ejiofor became a household name with the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave and receives a Best Actor nomination for his riveting performance
When Forest Whitaker steps foot on a set, you're bound to get an award-worthy performance. This was the case with his role as White House butlerCecil Gainesin Lee Daniels': The Butler.
Idris Elba continued on his Hollywood trek with films like Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Marvel Comics' Thor: The Dark World, earning him a nomination for Best Actor.
Kevin Hart easily gets nominated for Best Actor as he ruled the big and small screens with leading performances in Ride Along, About Last Night and Real Husbands of Hollywood. He's been dropping movies like mixtapes.
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan's dramatic performance as Oscar Grant in the days leading up to his murder by a trigger-happy officer in Fruitvale Station led to his Best Actor nomination.