Today in Beverly Hills the nominations for the 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards were announced. I had a particular interest in this year’s nominations as Noah’s Arc was submitted in several categories. But alas, it was not meant to be because we didn’t get one nomination.
However, notable mentions include the L Word’s Jennifer Beals for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series and Not In My Family: AIDS in the African American Community by Gil Robertson IV (Agate Publishing, Inc.) for Outstanding Literary Work Non-Fiction.
As expected Dreamgirls both the film and cast walked away with nominations in several categories.
Forest Whitaker’s performance as the Ugandan Idi Amin also received a nomination.
The 38th NAACP Image Awards Nominations were announced by Vanessa L. Williams, Isaiah Washington, Chandra Wilson, Shaun Robinson and DB Woodside, joined Bruce S. Gordon, President and CEO of the NAACP along with NAACP Image Awards Committee Chairman, Clayola Brown, and Vicangelo Bulluck.
The NAACP Image Awards honors projects and individuals that promote diversity in the arts in television, recording, literature and motion pictures. The theme of this year’s show is “Youth Create Change. The 38th NAACP Image Awards will air live on Friday, March 2nd (8:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX.
The CBS network leads with a total of 19 nominations, followed by The CW with 17. “Everybody Hates Chris” received 8 nominations, including the directing category. “Girlfriends” received 6 nominations, including the directing and writing categories.
Sony Urban leads the Recording category with 7 nominations, including 4 for Beyoncé, which tied Mary J. Blige for the individual high. Capitol and Universal records followed with 5 nominations apiece.
In the Motion Picture category, Lionsgate Films received 8 nominations, including two in the directing and writing categories. Sony and Dreamworks/Paramount followed with 7 nominations each.
“Dreamgirls” garnered 8 nominations, including best soundtrack. “Akeelah and the Bee” and “The Pursuit of Happyness” both received 5 nominations, with an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture nomination for newcomer Jaden Christopher Syre Smith.
This year, over 1,200 entries were received. From those entries, a special committee of 300 industry professionals and NAACP leaders from across the country selected five nominees in each of 35 categories. Any artist, manager, publicist, production company, record label, studio, network or publishing house could submit an entry to the NAACP Image Awards. The final selections are voted on by NAACP members, and winners will be announced during the live airing of the 38th NAACP Image Awards.