40 Actors and Actresses We Love

40 Actors And Actresses We Love40 Actors and Actresses We LoveWith the Academy Awards announced this morning, all eyes are fixed on Hollywood. Even though no Black actors and actresses were nominated this year, we take a moment to honor 40 actresses and actors we love. Their work has made us laugh, made us cry, allowed us to step away from the pressures of our day-to-day lives, and taught us more about ourselves and our culture. Check out who made our list. Who would you add?Jennifer HudsonFavorite role: Effie White in "Dreamgirls." Won Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in 2007.Halle BerryFavorite role: Leticia Musgrove in "Monster's Ball." Won Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2002.Jamie FoxxFavorite role: Ray Charles in "Ray." Won Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2005.Nia LongFavorite role: Nina Mosley in "Love Jones."Mo'NiqueFavorite role: Mary in "Precious." Nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2009.Cuba Gooding Jr.Favorite role: Tre Styles in "Boyz n the Hood."Denzel WashingtonFavorite role: Alonzo in "Training Day." Won Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2002.Samuel L. JacksonFavorite role: Carl Lee Hailey in "A Time to Kill."Joy BryantFavorite role: Cheryl Smolley in "Antwone Fisher."Morgan FreemanFavorite role: Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris in "Million Dollar Baby." Won Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in 2005.Zoe SaldanaFavorite role: Neytiri in "Avatar."Kerry WashingtonFavorite role: Kay Amin in "The Last King of Scotland."Don CheadleFavorite role: Paul Rusesabagina in "Hotel Rwanda."Lynn WhitfieldFavorite role: Brandi in "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate."Eddie MurphyFavorite role: Prince Akeem in "Coming to America."Queen LatifahFavorite role: Cleopatra 'Cleo' Sims in "Set It Off."Ruby DeeFavorite role: Lucinda Purifyin "Jungle Fever."Michael EalyFavorite role: Beau Willie in 'For Colored Girls'Cicely TysonFavorite role: Binta in "Roots."Regina KingFavorite role: Margie Hendricks in "Ray."Jada Pinkett SmithFavorite roles: "Jason's Lyric," "Set it Off," and "HawthoRNe."Will SmithFavorite role: Mike Lowery in "Bad Boys."Raven-SymoneFavorite role: Charisse Dolittle in "Dr. Dolittle 2."Paula PattonFavorite role: Ms. Rain in "Precious."Angela BassettFavorite role: Anna Mae Bullock in "What's Love Got to Do with It."Anika Noni RoseFavorite role: Tiana in "The Princess and the Frog."Idris ElbaFavorite role: Monty in "Daddy's Little Girls."Anthony MackieFavorite role: Tupac Shakur in "Notorious."Taraji P. HensonFavorite role: Queenie in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."Sidney PoitierFavorite role: Walter Lee Younger in "A Raisin in the Sun."Sanna LathanFavorite role: Monica Wright in "Love & Basketball."Alfre WoodardFavorite role: Alma Roberts in "American Violet."Forest WhitakerFavorite role: Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland."Morris ChestnutFavorite role: Keith Fenton in "Two Can Play That Game."Gabrielle UnionFavorite role: Evangeline 'Eva' Dandrige in "Deliver Us from Eva."Jenifer LewisFavorite role: Jackie Washington in "Jackie's Back!."Omar EppsFavorite role: Quincy McCall in "Love & Basketball."Laurence FishburnFavorite role: Furious Styles in "Boyz n the Hood."Tisha Campbell-MartinFavorite role: Sydney in "House Party 3."Thandie NewtonFavorite role: Christine Thayer in "Crash."

With the Academy Awards announced this morning, all eyes are fixed on Hollywood. Even though no Black actors and actresses were nominated this year, we take a moment to honor 40 actresses and actors we love. Their work has made us laugh, made us cry, allowed us to step away from the pressures of our day-to-day lives, and taught us more about ourselves and our culture. Check out who made our list. Who would you add?

Favorite role: Effie White in "Dreamgirls." Won Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in 2007.

Favorite role: Leticia Musgrove in "Monster's Ball." Won Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2002.

Favorite role: Ray Charles in "Ray." Won Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2005.

Favorite role: Nina Mosley in "Love Jones."

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Favorite role: Mary in "Precious." Nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2009.

Favorite role: Tre Styles in "Boyz n the Hood."

Favorite role: Alonzo in "Training Day." Won Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2002.

Favorite role: Carl Lee Hailey in "A Time to Kill."

Favorite role: Cheryl Smolley in "Antwone Fisher."

Favorite role: Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris in "Million Dollar Baby." Won Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in 2005.

Favorite role: Neytiri in "Avatar."

Favorite role: Kay Amin in "The Last King of Scotland."

Favorite role: Paul Rusesabagina in "Hotel Rwanda."

Favorite role: Brandi in "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate."

Favorite role: Prince Akeem in "Coming to America."

Favorite role: Cleopatra 'Cleo' Sims in "Set It Off."

Favorite role: Lucinda Purifyin "Jungle Fever."

Favorite role: Beau Willie in 'For Colored Girls'

Favorite role: Binta in "Roots."

Favorite role: Margie Hendricks in "Ray."

Favorite roles: "Jason's Lyric," "Set it Off," and "HawthoRNe."

Favorite role: Mike Lowery in "Bad Boys."

Favorite role: Charisse Dolittle in "Dr. Dolittle 2."

Favorite role: Ms. Rain in "Precious."

Favorite role: Anna Mae Bullock in "What's Love Got to Do with It."

Favorite role: Tiana in "The Princess and the Frog."

Favorite role: Monty in "Daddy's Little Girls."

Favorite role: Tupac Shakur in "Notorious."

Favorite role: Queenie in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Favorite role: Walter Lee Younger in "A Raisin in the Sun."

Favorite role: Monica Wright in "Love & Basketball."

Favorite role: Alma Roberts in "American Violet."

Favorite role: Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland."

Favorite role: Keith Fenton in "Two Can Play That Game."

Favorite role: Evangeline 'Eva' Dandrige in "Deliver Us from Eva."

Favorite role: Jackie Washington in "Jackie's Back!."

Favorite role: Quincy McCall in "Love & Basketball."

Favorite role: Furious Styles in "Boyz n the Hood."

Favorite role: Sydney in "House Party 3."

Favorite role: Christine Thayer in "Crash."

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