Voting for the 91st Oscars has begun.

While films like Black Panther and A Star Is Born are certain to make it into the final nominees' list, the fate of a bunch of other solid films and performances are still open.

Two performances by Hollywood actors of Nigerian descent (who have been overlooked) — Chiwetel Ejiofor in Come Sunday and Cynthia Erivo in Bad Times at the El Royale — are ranked among the very best of 2018.

I believe they deserve to be in the ongoing Oscar conversation.

Here's Why...

Cynthia Erivo for 'Best Supporting Actress'

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She has landed a Tony, a Grammy and an Emmy for The Colour Purple, Erivo brought her talents to the big screen, shining in two of 2018’s best films: Steve McQueen’s Widows and Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale.

While her work in Widows certainly deserves some praise, it’s her performance in Bad Times that should nab the British-Nigerian her first Oscar nod.

Showing off both her acting abilities and her fantastic singing voice, Erivo stole the spotlight from a slew of Hollywood heavyweights.

Chiwetel Ejiofor for 'Best Actor'

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Even though his 2018 films — Mary Magdalene, Sherlock Gnomes and Come Sunday —  did not fare well with critics or audiences, his performances were always singled out for praise.

So, since awards bodies are willing to overlook Bohemian Rhapsody's many problems and reward Rami Malek’s fantastic lead performance, then Ejiofor certainly deserves to land his second Oscar nomination for the Netflix religious drama, Come Sunday.

Nominations for this year's Oscar’s categories will be fully announced on Tuesday 22 January 2019, after some categories were released mid-December.

We can only hope.

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