Welcome to the 2nd Annual POZ Awards, which spotlight the best representations of HIV/AIDS in media and culture.

The POZ editorial staff selects the nominees, but POZ readers choose the winners.

Eligible nominees were active or were presented, published or produced between October 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017.

Be sure to vote for your favorite nominees by the World AIDS Day deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017.

Here are the nominees:

Guy Pearce, When We Rise

Pearce portrays gay icon Cleve Jones in his adult years in the ABC miniseries.

Alan Cumming, After Louie

Cumming fiercely commits to the role of Sam, a haunted activist searching for meaning.

Ivory Aquino, When We Rise

In a welcome and rare occurrence, trans actor Aquino portrays trans activist Cecilia Chung.

François Nambot, Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo

Nambot is endearing perfection as an HIV-positive Parisian courting a negative man.

Michael Kenneth Williams, When We Rise

No one sizzled in the miniseries like Williams, playing HIV-positive vet Ken Jones.

Vote: POZ Awards 2017 / Best Actor or Actress in Film and Television