Earlier today, the NAACP announced nominees for its 43rd annual Image Awards with a star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles. As many had predicted, The Help, the popular film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s book about Black maids in White households, came out on top with eight nominations.
Just in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category, three actresses from the film—Bryce Dallas Howard, Cicely Tyson and Octavia Spencer—received nominations. Octavia (whose infamous pie incident in the film had moviegoers dropping their jaws) took home Best Supporting Actress honors at last Sunday’s Golden Globes Awards.
Eddie Murphy’s comedic role in Tower Heist earned him a nod for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, up against Laurence Fishburne (Contagion), Laz Alonso (Jumping the Broom), Oliver Litondo (The First Grader) and Vin Diesel (Fast Five).
Other top NAACP nominee getters include BET’s “The Game” and ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” both with six nods each. “The Game” stars Pooch Hall and Tia Mowry-Hardict also received nods for Outstanding Actor/Actress in a comedy series.
On the music side, new mommy Beyoncé and Jill Scott each scored four nominations for work from their latest projects (4 and The Light of the Sun respectively). The singers actually face off in many of the same musical categories, including “Outstanding Album” category where they are also up against Chris Brown (F.A.M.E.), Jennifer Hudson (I Remember Me), and Lupe Fiasco (Lasers).
Actresses Vanessa Williams (nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series), Tracee Ellis Ross (nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special and Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series) and actor Craig Robinson (nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in “The Office”) were on hand for today’s nominations announcement for the awards ceremony set to broadcast live on Feb. 17, 2012 on NBC, a network that has been criticized in the past for its lack of Black programming.
Check out a full list of NAACP Image Award nominees here.
—Hortense M. Barber