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Meet The Top 7 African Actors Who Were Nominated for Golden Globe Awards Recently

One of the exciting things about the New Year is Hollywood’s  awards season, a time where the best motion pictures and performances in the industry are recognized and celebrated. The Golden Globe Awards owns a special distinction for being the first awards of the season, thereby setting the tone for the rest of the season.

On Sunday, the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, where yet again, our favorite movie stars came out to honor this tradition and give us a taste of the glitz and glamour that we love to see.

In recent times, we’ve seen several talented African actors and actresses deliver breakout performances that earned them a seat at the table and the bragging rights to being a Golden Globe nominee. Here, we take a look at the Africans who have been nominated for one of Hollywood’s most coveted awards.

Lupita Nyongo at the 2014 Golden Globes

Lupita Nyongo at the 2014 Golden Globes. Photo credit: E! Online

When Kenyan-born actress Lupita Nyong’o stepped out in that red Ralph Lauren gown at the Golden Globes in 2014, she commanded everyone’s attention and instantly became America’s sweetheart. She was nominated for her breakthrough performance in “12 Years a Slave.”

 Idris Elba at the 2012 Golden Globes

Idris Elba kisses his trophy at the 2012 Golden Globes

The half-Ghanaian, half-Sierra Leonean actor Idris Elba won his very first Golden Globe in 2012 for “Best Actor in a Mini Series” for the TV show “Luther.” This was his second Golden Globe nomination, and he went on two receive four more nominations: two in 2o14 for “Luther” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” as well as two in 2016 for “Beasts of No Nation” and “Luther.”

Chiwetel Ejiofor and his wife at the 2014 Golden Globes Awards

Chiwetel Ejiofor and his wife at the 2014 Golden Globes Awards

Although he had previously been nominated four times for the Golden Globes, Chiwetel Ejiofor only became a household name after he delivered a critically acclaimed performance in “12 Years a Slave,”earning him another much deserved nomination in 2014. And while Ejiofor, who is of Nigerian parentage, did not win, he definitely left his mark on history.

Uzo Aduba at the 2015 Golden Globes Awards

Uzo Aduba at the 2015 Golden Globes Awards

The talented Nigerian actress Uzo Aduba has definitely made her mark as one of the most respected women in television. She was nominated for Golden Globes in both 2015 and 2016 for her work as “Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren” on the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.” 

Actor Djimon Hounsou arrives at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on January 15, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment)

Actor Djimon Hounsou arrives at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on January 15, 2007, in Beverly Hills, California. Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment

In 1998, Beninese actor Djimon Hounsou became one of the first African-born actors to receive a Golden Globe nomination. He was nominated for the “Best Actor in a Motion Picture –Drama” category for his acclaimed performance in “Amistad.”

David Oyelowo at the 2015 Golden Globes Awards

David Oyelowo at the 2015 Golden Globes Awards

Nigerian actor David Oyelowo received his very first Golden Globe nomination in 2015 for his performance  in the highly acclaimed film “Selma,” where he played the role of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  He went on to receive another nomination in 2016 for his performance in the mini-series “Knightingale.”

Barkhad Abdi, a supporting actor nominee for "Captain Phillips," arrives at the 71st Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday. John Shearer / Associated Pres

Barkhad Abdi arrives at the  Golden Globe Awards in 2014. Photo credit: John Shearer/Associated Press

Somali-American actor Barkhad Abdi made his debut in the 2013 film “Captain Phillip,where he received a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture” for his excellent performance as ship hijacker and pirate leader Abduwali Muse.

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