Image Award Nominations Offers Few Surprises

Movies “Belle”, “Selma” receive multiple nominations.

The NAACP Image AwardsThe NAACP Image award nominees which were revealed this morning live from the Paley Center for Media  in Beverly Hills, CA offered very few surprises.

As expected, dramas “Belle,” “Selma” and the satirical film “Dear White People” are up for Outstanding Motion Picture with the biopics on iconic entertainers Jimi Hendrix and James Brown “JIMI: All Is By My Side” and “Get On Up” rounding off the list for best film of the year.

“Get On Up” scored its well deserving leading star Chadwick Boseman, who plays James Brown, a nod for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, but shut out on the directing side is Tate Taylor who failed to garner an award for the energetic and entertaining film. Also shut out is singer/actor André Benjamin who brilliantly portrayed HendrixBoseman will vie for the accolade alongside David Oyelowo  (“Selma”), Denzel Washington  (“The Equalizer”),  Idris Elba  (“No  Good Deed”) and Nate Parker (“Beyond The Lights”).

Gugu Mbatha-Raw who just last week earned an indie award for “Belle” received a nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her portrayal of Dido Belle, an illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Captain.Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014 - Presenters & Winners

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture has three actors from the civil rights drama “Selma” vying for that one accolade (André Holland, Wendell Pierce and Common) while Oprah Winfrey, Carmen Ejogo, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer will battle for the supporting actress accolade.

Nominees on the directing side include Ava DuVernay (“Selma), Antoine Fuqua  (“The Equalizer”),  John Ridley  (“JIMI: All Is By My Side”), Gina Prince-Bythewood  (“Beyond The Lights”) and “Belle” director and former child star Amma Asante.

Uzo Aduba, known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix television series “Orange is the New Black” earned an Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series nomination and will battle for that accolade alongside Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”),  Niecy Nash  (“The Soul Man”) and Wendy Raquel Robinson (“The Game”).

“I am Ali” the feature documentary on Muhammad Ali and “Finding Fela,” a documentary feature about Fela Kuti’s life and music both earned nominations for Outstanding Documentary while the indie drama “Half of a Yellow Sun” which is adapted from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best selling novel  is up for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture.

In the music category, Beyonce received five nominations and Alicia Keys earned two nominations. Jennifer Hudson, Ledisi and Mary J Blige also earned a nomination for Outstanding Female Artist.

The 46th NAACP Image Award nominees were announced by actresses Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tracee Ellis Ross and entertainment reporter Nischelle Turner.

An award show established in 1967 at the height of the civil rights movement by NAACP’s (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch who were concerned about the lack of recognition for minorities in entertainment, it has grown into a prestigious event.

Winners from 54 categories will be announced live on TV One Network on Friday Feb 6th at 8pm.

Pictured: Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images) 

Samantha Ofole-Prince is a journalist and movie critic who covers industry-specific news that includes television and film. She can be reached at samantha.ofole@caribpress.com

 

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