The Oscar nominations were announced today, and while many talk about who got nominated and who didn’t, others are wondering if the Oscars still matter at all.

While I agree with the folks over at Shadow & Act that the Oscars are a little overhyped, it’s hard to deny what this award means to so many, specifically minority actors who still struggle to gain acceptance and visibility in an industry that continues to marginalizes their abilities.

Today, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer nabbed nominations for their roles in The Help, making them two of the few black women who have been nominated for an Academy Award. While they are indeed worthy of the nod, there have been so many black actresses who have been just as capable and should have won an Oscar as well.

Here are 5 black actress who deserved to win.

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett inhabits every role with an intensity few can match. From the quiet strength of Sister Betty Shabazz and Rosa Parks, to the larger-than-life persona of Tina Turner, Bassett owns the screen. Although she was nominated for her portrayal of Turner, it’s almost astounding Bassett’s skills have yet to garner her an award. Where’s the love?

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