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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey & More Earn SAG Nominations

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Chiwetel Ejiofor attends the GQ Men Of The Year Party at The Ebell Club of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California.
Chiwetel Ejiofor
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The 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced bright and early Wednesday morning and nine of our favorite actors, actresses and dramas starring Black leads were nominated. Yeah!

Both Chiwetel Ejiofor and Forest Whitaker scored nods in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for their work in 12 Years a Slave and Lee Daniels' The Butler respectively.

Their onscreen supporting counterparts, Lupita Nyongo and Oprah Winfrey, were also recognized with nominations in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role category for their gripping portrayals in 12 Years a Slave and Lee Daniel's The Butler.

Both dramas received nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture as well.

On the television front, Angela Bassett was the only Black actress to be nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role as Coretta Scott King in Betty & Coretta. While Don Cheadle picked up a nomination in the Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series category for his role as scheming, yet brilliant, consultant Martin 'Marty' Kaan in Showtime's House of Lies.

And last, but certainly not least, newlywed and mommy-to-be Kerry Washington, whose career is on fire this year, earned a nomination for her role as Olivia Pope in Scandal in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.

The SAG nominations note the beginning of the 2014 awards season and are often times used to possibly predict both Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations to come. Let's give it up for Black Hollywood winning big already!

Click here to see a complete list of nominees.

PHOTO GALLERY: Black Actors Win at 2013 Hollywood Film Awards

  • Lupita Nyong'o accepts the New Hollywood Award for 12 Years a Slave onstage during the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
  • Honoree Michael B. Jordan at the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
  • Viola Davis arrives at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
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