While urban Americans were pleased that 12 Years a Slave took home three Oscar awards, most particularly breakout star Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress, many took note of the conspicuous dearth of other black actors who were heralded for delivering riveting performances.
There were pockets of protests where several other critically acclaimed black films, however, that were blatantly omitted from the Oscar 2014 contender list and beyond.
Take a look at the other black movies and actors in the modern era many African American theatergoers believe should have been at least been nominated for Academy Awards, if not won the Oscar outright:
1. The Butler (above) — Lee Daniels and the cast of this period piece garnered universal critical acclaim, most particularly Forest Whitaker, who played the butler to a succession of U.S. presidents inside the White House. The film earned more than $100 million at the box office.