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African-Americans Stand Out in Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations

The 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards nominees were announced Monday morning and African-Americans were nominated in 17 categories including Best Acting Ensemble for “Straight Outta Compton” and Best Drama Series for “Empire.”

It may come as no surprise that Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson were nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series for "How to Get Away With Murder" and "Empire," respectively.

Many fans celebrated the fact that "Black-ish," the ABC sitcom that was snubbed by the Golden Globes got nods. It received 4 nominations in total, including one for each lead. Check out the nominees and the categories below.

The Critics’ Choice Awards will air Jan. 17 simultaneously on A&E, Lifetime and LMN.

ACTING ENSEMBLE

Straight Outta Compton

ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish – ABC

ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Anthony Anderson – Black-ish – ABC

ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

Idris Elba – Luther – BBC America

ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Viola Davis – How to Get Away With Murder – ABC

Taraji P. Henson – Empire – Fox

COMEDY SERIES

Black-ish – ABC

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THE WIZ LIVE! -- Pictured: (l-r) David Alan Grier as Lion, Shanice Williams as Dorothy, Ne-Yo as Tin-Man, Elijah Kelley as Scarecrow -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

Shanice Williams – The Wiz Live! – NBC

MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

The Wiz Live! – NBC

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Keegan-Michael Key – Playing House – USA

Andre Braugher - Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Fox

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Andre Holland - The Knick – Cinemax

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIESS

David Alan Grier – The Wiz Live! – NBC

Ne-Yo – The Wiz Live! – NBC

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Niecy Nash – Getting On – HBO

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Regina King – The Leftovers – HBO

Image: Terrence Howard and guest star Bre-Z in Fox's "Empire"
Terrence Howard and guest star Bre-Z in Fox's "Empire" on Nov. 11, 2015. Chuck Hodes / FOX

DRAMA SERIES

Empire – Fox

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

Mary J. Blige – The Wiz Live! – NBC

GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Jenifer Lewis – Black-ish – ABC

SONG

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