By Jordannah Elizabeth

Special to the AmNews

The nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced, and some of 2013’s top Black actors and actresses have received prestigious nominations.

This year’s ceremony has been considered one of the very best for Black films and television shows, as “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “12 Years a Slave” have captivated American and international audiences. Idris Elba has become an overnight megastar and a household name because of his powerful depiction of Nelson Mandela. The film has also become synonymous with Mandela’s death, as “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” was released exactly a week before the passing of the former president of South Africa.

Kerry Washington, the lead actress of the controversial ABC drama “Scandal,” has received her first Golden Globe nomination of her career.

Veteran film and television actor Don Cheadle obtained his second consecutive nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on the Showtime original series “House of Lies.” Cheadle is also splitting his time working on the anticipated Miles Davis biopic that he will be directing and starring in.

“12 Years a Slave” certainly came out on top this year, as the film was nominated for a whopping seven nominations, only to be tied with the pop-culture con-artist film “American Hustle.” These two movies couldn’t be more different, but the British-born star of “12 Years a Slave,” Chiwetel Ejiofor, was honored with the Best Actor in a Drama nomination alongside Ibris Elba. Both actors will be facing off against Robert Redford for his work in “All is Lost” and Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club” for the coveted award.

This year’s Golden Globe Awards will be a strong representation of how far Black actors in film and television have come over the years. “Mandela: Long Road to Freedom” and the Golden Globes’ most honored film of the year, “12 Years a Slave,” are important and relevant films.

Other Black actor nominations include Nyong’o, Best Supporting Actress, “12 Years a Slave.”

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” has been nominated for Best Original Song and Best Original Score, and “12 Years a Slave” has been nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Make sure you tune in to this year’s Golden Globe Awards. Black actors, writers and directors in film and television will be honored and recognized this year for the powerful, honest and integral interpretations of the triumphs and struggles of Black people. It’s great to see the entertainment community shower such deserving films and actors with such praise and recognition.