Black cinema was handsomely rewarded as the nominations were announced for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards last Thursday morning in Los Angeles, CA. The prestigious nominations were presented with the help of actors Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, and Aziz Ansari. While I applaud everyone who received a nomination for their inspiring work, it’s exciting to see the hard work of numerous “black” nominees pay off!

Reigning with top honors were critically acclaimed films 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle who each received 7 nominations.

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o both received best actor nods for their gut wrenching performances in the epic 12 years. While Chiwetel was previously nominated (Kinky Boots, Endgame) this marks the first nomination for Kenyan actress Lupita – who also made her motion picture debut in the film. Not to be outdone by his cast, the films director Steve McQueen also received two nominations for his directing and screenplay.

British heartthrob Idris Elba was also nominated for his awe-inspiring portrayal of the recently deceased icon Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Road To Freedom. Elba is working hard this year, as he also snagged a nod for his starring role as a murder detective in the drama mini series Luther. Film newcomer and former Minneapolis limo driver Barkhad Abdi also earned a “Best Supporting Actor” nomination for his role in the Tom Hanks led Captain Phillips.

Noticeably absent from the list of nominations however was historical drama Lee Daniels: The Butler, which recently received three nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards (“best actor” Forest Whitaker, “best supporting actress” Oprah Winfrey). I’m not sure where the disconnect in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association occurred regarding this amazing film – but not even one nomination Golden Globes?

Moving along, Scandal star Kerry Washington topped off her already eventful year with a nomination for “Best Actress in a Television Series Drama”, while Don Cheadle held it down in the male category for his work on House of Cards. Finally, the extremely popular American Horror Story: Coven which stars Gabby Sidibe and Angela Bassett among many others, received a nomination for “Best TV Miniseries or Movie.”

Congrats to all of the nominees who were acknowledged for their groundbreaking work on both the big and small screen. To view the full list of nominees click here. Also be sure to tune into the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards on January 21, 2014 on NBC hosted by comedians Tina Fey & Amy Poehler.