Shining Moments: Black Men in Film 2013

As ESSENCE and Tyler Perry get ready to celebrate Black Men in Hollywood tonight, we're taking a look at how brothers shined on the big screen.

Yolanda Sangweni Feb, 24, 2014

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Ejiofor's performance as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave has earned him an Oscar nomination.

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Newcomer Chadwick Boseman played basedball legend Jackie Robinson in the biopic 42. The film hit a home run at the box office in early 2013.

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Whitaker masterfully portrayed Cecil Gaines (based on the life of real-life White House butler Eugene Allen) in the film Lee Daniel's The Butler. To date, the film has over $167 million worldwide against a budget of $30 million

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Jordan turned in a buzzworthy performance as slain Oakland native Oscar Grant in the film Fruitvale Station.

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Hart and Ice Cube's buddy-cop movie, Ride Along, recently shattered the all-time record for January openings when it grossed $41.2 at the box office on its opening weekend. The film dominated the box office for three continuous weeks.

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Elba's turn as Nelson Mandela in the biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

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Denzel Washington played Drug Enforcement Administration agent Bobby Trench in the buddy-cop film 2 Guns alongside Mark Wahlberg.

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Newcomer Barkhad Abdi went from limo driver to Oscar nominee thanks to his turn as a Somalian pirate in the film Captain Phillips.

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Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau and Terrence Howard reunited for a rollicking good time in The Best Man Holiday.