Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o

Yale alum and former film producer Lupita Nyong'o is as beautiful as she is talented. Her role as Patsey in 12 Years of Slave earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress proof that she has great promise as an actress. 

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey's talent as an actress is an example of her unfailing track record across the media spectrum. Her performance as Gloria Gaines in Lee Daniels': The Butler is one of the top performances of the year and left us wanting more.

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

For over two decades, Bassett has been serving stellar on-screen performances. In the last year, she graced the screen in Black Nativity, American Horror Story and more — all performances that showcase the breadth of her talent. 

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union has the unique ability of lighting up the screen in every production she appears (see BET's Being Mary Jane). When coupled with her student of the craft approach to her work, audiences witness captivating performances that grab our attention.  

Kerry Washington

Kerry
Washington

Scene by scene, Kerry Washington's performance on ABC's Scandal, one of TV's highest-rated and most social shows, rates among the top performances on television. Will she win Best Actress for the show we can't get enough of?