Chadwick Boseman as legendary entertainer James Brown in "Get on Up."
Oscar Isaac as a small-businessman struggling to avoid conflict in "A Most Violent Year."
Nate Parker as a police officer assigned to protect a young starlet in "Beyond the Lights."
David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. in "Selma," which was nominated for Best Picture.
Chris Rock as a stand-up comedian-turned-action star in "Top Five."
Tessa Thompson as Sam White, a mixed-race filmmaker at a predominantly white university, in "Dear White People."
Rosario Dawson as a journalist covering Chris Rock in "Top Five."
Quvenzhané Wallis as the eponymous orphan in "Annie."
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as an up-and-coming singer in "Beyond the Lights."
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the mixed-race daughter of an important British figure fighting to abolish slavery.
Nelsan Ellis as R&B/soul singer Bobby Byrd in "Get on Up."
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Tyler Perry as Ben Affleck's attorney in "Gone Girl."
Wendell Pierce as Rev. Hosea Williams in "Selma."
Michael K. Williams as loan shark Neville Baraka in "The Gambler."
Michael Pena fights alongside Shia LaBeouf and Brad Pitt in David Ayer's World War II tank drama "Fury."
Tony Revolori as the beloved bellhop Zero in Wes Anderson's heavily nominated "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Hong Chau as a well-connected masseuse who aids Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice."
The Weinstein Company
Viola Davis as Professor Lillian Friedman in "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby."
Carmen Ejogo as activist and wife Coretta Scott King in "Selma."
Teyonah Parris as Colandrea "Coco" Conners in Justin Simien's "Dear White People."
Adriana Barraza as Jennifer Aniston's housekeeper Silvana in "Cake."