The slave themed film “12 Years a Slave” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” a film about a White House butler have been nominated for best movie at the 2014 BET Awards.
Both movies will compete with the indie film “Fruitvale Station,” “The Best Man Holiday” and Kevin Hart’s standup show “Let Me Explain.”
In the best actor category, Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba all picked up nominations. Snubbed was David Oyelowo for his part in “The Butler” and Somalian-American actor Barkhad Abdi who played a pirate in the Tom Hanks starrer “Captain Phillips.”
Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington and Oprah Winfrey will battle it out for the best actress accolade at this annual event which will be held next month at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA.
“This year’s nominees represent the best of the culture,” said Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials. “It’s great to see our talented new artist’s right alongside our more beloved ones with long careers. We appreciate our BET Awards nomination committee, over 300 strong, for their efforts and congratulate all the nominees.”
Established in 2001, the BET Awards celebrate African-Americans and other minorities in music, film, sports and other fields of entertainment.
Hosted by Chris Rock, winners of the 2014 BET Awards will be announced Sunday, June 29th from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA.