The nominees for this year’s 83rd annual Academy Awards were recently announced by the president of the Academy, Tom Sherak, who was joined by Academy Award winner Monique at the podium. The presentation is set to be held Sunday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on ABC.

When you look at the list of nominees, you can’t help but notice that not many African-Americans made the list for movies that came out in 2010. One of the names I missed was definitely Denzel Washington, who did a phenomenal job in “Book of Eli,” a Warner Bros. film. How do you ignore Denzel when he completely takes on a character and delivers such mesmerizing performances on screen?

Then, where in the world was a nomination for Don Cheadle, who performed powerfully in “Brooklyn’s Finest,” released by Overture Films? Other missing names included the young Jaden Smith, who gives a memorable performance in “Karate Kid,” a Sony release; from Lionsgate, “For Colored Girls,” how could you not acknowledge the performance of Kerry Washington with a nomination? She demonstrated her craft in this Tyler Perry film.

Another Lionsgate film featured nomination-worthy performances by Tasha Smith and Janet Jackson, that is, “Why Did I Get Married Too?,” also directed by Tyler Perry.

Why are African-Americans not acknowledged when they poignantly display their honed craft on the big screen?

Not only are these actors not mentioned, none of the aforementioned films are anywhere on the nomination list in any categories. The films that received multiple nominations are too many to name, but here are some: “The King’s Speech” topped the list with 12 nominations; “True Grit” received 10 nominations; “The Social Network” received eight nominations, as did “Inception.” “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Toy Story 3,” “The Kids Are All Right” and “Alice in Wonderland” also received multiple nominations.

The Academy Awards will take place at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood and shall be hosted by Anne Hathaway and James Franco.