BET Awards 2015

Anthony Anderson

Comedian Anthony Anderson has made a splash this past year as Andre on Black-ish. Though typically a fixture in a variety of movies, his turn on the small screen has been met with delight from fans.

BET Awards 2015

Idris Elba

As one of Hollywood's most prominent leading man, Idris has a knack for silver-screen diversity few actors can grasp. With movies like Mandela, Pacific Rim and Daddy's Little Girls under his belt, it's as clear as 007's martini as to what type of reach Idris has.

Jussie Smollet

It's been a breakout year for Smollett. His role as Jamal Lyons on Empire catapulted him to mainstream recognition and positioned him as LGBT icon.

BET Awards 2015

Kevin Hart

Let him explain! The Real Husband gets a nod for his appearances in everything from The Wedding Ringer to Get Hard.

BET Awards 2015

Terrence Howard

From Best Man Holiday to Empire, Terrence Howard is making it clear that he's here to stay. With a recent turn on Wayward Pines, expect Howard to be a permanent fixture on the small screen for awhile.