Kerry Washington (L) and TV host Jimmy Kimmel speak onstage during the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations held at the Television Academy's Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on July 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Earlier today, Scandal star Kerry Washington and Jimmy Kimmel announced the 2012 Emmy nominations.  This year, a few of our favorite black actors have a reason to celebrate.

Idris Elba received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-series or Movie for his role as John Luther on BBC America’s psychological crime series Luther. On the show, Elba portrays and embattled detective with a dark side. The show itself was also nominated for Outstanding Mini-series or Movie.

Don Cheadle was nominated for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on House of Lies, and Giancarlo Esposito received a nomination for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role on Breaking Bad.

Maya Rudolph picked up a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy series for her hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.

Aside from Rudolph, no other black actresses were nominated for an Emmy Award in a major category.

In 2010, Southland star Regina King, expressed her outrage for lack of diverse Emmy nominees in an op-ed entitled, The Emmys: As White as Ever. This year The Southland actress was shut out again for an Emmy nomination.

Last year Taraji P. Henson was nominated for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Mini-series or Movie for her portrayal of Tiffany Rubin in Lifetime’s Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story; however this year the actress was overlooked for her role as Detective Joss Carter on CBS’s Person of Interest.

Although Kerry Washington announced the Emmy nominations, Scandal did not receive a nod for a single award this year.

The 64th Prime-time Emmy Awards will be broadcast live Sunday, September 23 on ABC.

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