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2018 NAACP Image Award Nominations

by | November 20, 2017 | Comments

The NAACP Image Awards announced the nominees. The honorees included some expected choices and a few surprises. On the film side, historical dramas Marshall and Detroit stand against breakout comedy Girls Trip and Jordan Peele’s hit thriller Get Out in a number of categories, while the presence of Idris Elba and Tessa Thompson helped make Thor: Ragnarok a surprise contender in the acting categories. In TV, ABC’s black-ish and HBO’s Ballers and Insecure all received multiple nominations in comedy, while FOX’s Empire dominates the acting categories for drama, despite not receiving a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.

Anthony Anderson — who himself received an Outsanding Actor nod for his work on black-ish — will return to host the 49th NAACP Image Awards ceremony in Pasadena on the evening of Monday, January 15 (MLK Day), at 9pm/8c. They’ll be broadcast on TV One, starting with a red carpet event at 8pm/7c.


ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR


MOTION PICTURE


Outstanding Motion Picture


Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture


Idris Elba

The Mountain Between Us


Denzel Washington

Roman J. Israel, Esq.


Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture


Danai Gurira

All Eyez On Me


Natalie Paul

Crown Heights


Amandla Stenberg

Everything, Everything


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture


Tessa Thompson

THOR: Ragnarok


Regina Hall

Girls Trip


Audra McDonald

Beauty and the Beast


Outstanding Independent Motion Picture


TELEVISION


Outstanding Comedy Series


Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series


Keegan-Michael Key

Friends From College


Ron Reaco Lee

Survivor’s Remorse


Aziz Ansari

Master of None


Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series


Danielle Brooks

Orange Is the New Balck


Issa Rae

Insecure


Loretta Devine

The Carmichael Show


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series


Ernie Hudson

Grace and Frankie


Jay Ellis

Insecure


Tituss Burgess

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series


Leslie Jones

Saturday Night Live


Marsai Martin

black-ish


Tichina Arnold

Survivor’s Remorse


Uzo Aduba

Orange Is the New Black


Yvonne Orji

Insecure


Outstanding Drama Series


Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series


Bryshere Y. Gray

Queen Sugar


Mike Colter

Marvel’s The Defenders


Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series


Rutina Wesley

Queen Sugar


Viola Davis

How to Get Away with Murder


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series


Samira Wiley

The Handmaid’s Tale


Tina Lifford

Queen Sugar


Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special


Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special


Bryshere Y. Gray

The New Edition Story


Idris Elba

Guerrilla


Tristan Wilds

Shots Fired


Woody McClain

The New Edition Story


Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special


Oprah Winfrey

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


Regina King

American Crime


Sanaa Lathan

Shots Fired


Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-series)


Outstanding News/Information – (Series or Special)

  • News One Now (TV One)
  • Oprah’s Master Class (OWN)
  • The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman (National Geographic)
  • Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama (BET)
  • Unsung (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

  • Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
  • SuperSoul Sunday (OWN)
  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
  • The Real (Syndicated)
  • The View (ABC)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series

  • Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN)
  • Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party (VH1)
  • Shark Tank (ABC)
  • The Manns (TV One)
  • United Shades of America with Kamau Bell (CNN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

  • 2017 Black Girls Rock (BET)
  • Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin & Deep in the Hearts of Texas (Netflix)
  • Def Comedy Jam 25 (Netflix)
  • Lip Sync Battle (Spike TV)
  • Saturday Night Live (OWN)

Outstanding Children’s Program

  • Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
  • Free Rein (Netflix)
  • Nella, the Princess Knight (Nickelodeon)
  • Project Mc² (Netflix)
  • Raven’s Home (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

  • Fredricka Whitfield –Fredricka Whitfield (CNN)
  • Morgan Freeman – The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman (National Geographic)
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson – StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson (National Geographic)
  • Roland Martin – News One Now (TV One)
  • Trevor Noah – The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

  • Alfonso Ribeiro –America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
  • Iyanla Vanzant – Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN)
  • Michael Smith and Jemele Hill – SC6 with Michael and Jemele (ESPN)
  • LL Cool J – Lip Sync Battle (Spike)
  • W. Kamau Bell – United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell (CNN)

DOCUMENTARY


Outstanding Documentary – (Film)


Outstanding Documentary – (Television)

  • Birth of a Movement (PBS)
  • Black Love (OWN)
  • The 44th President: In His Own Words (History)
  • The Defiant Ones (HBO)
  • What the Health (AUM Films and Media + First Spark Media)

WRITING


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Aziz Ansari

Master of None
100%

Janine Barrois

Claws
90%

Justin Simien

Dear White People
95%

Issa Rae, Hella Great

Insecure
96%

Insecure, Hella Perspective

Insecure
96%

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series

Anthony Sparks, What Do I Care For Morning

Queen Sugar
98%

Ava DuVernay, Dream Variations

Queen Sugar
98%

Erica Anderson, The Bear

Greenleaf

Gina Prince-Bythewood, Hour One: Pilot

Shots Fired
84%

Vera Herbert, Still Here

This Is Us
93%

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Television)


Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Dee Rees and Virgil Williams

Mudbound
97%

Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani 

The Big Sick
98%

Jordan Peele

Get Out
98%

Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver

Girls Trip
91%

Mark Boal

Detroit
82%

DIRECTING


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Anton Cropper, Juneteenth

black-ish
92%

Barry Jenkins, Chapter 5

Dear White People
95%

Justin Simien, Chapter 1

Dear White People
95%

Spike Lee, #NolasChoice

She's Gotta Have It
78%

Ken Whittingham, Kimmy Bites an Onion!

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
96%

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series

Carl Franklin, Tape 5, Side B

13 Reasons Why
35%

Ernest R. Dickerson, Show and Prove

The Deuce
93%

Gina Prince-Bythewood, Hour One: Pilot

Shots Fired
84%

Jeffrey Byrd, Occupy Truth

Switched at Birth
100%

Jonathan Demme, Hour Six: The Fire This Time

Shots Fired
84%

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)

Allen Hughes

The Defiant Ones
100%

Chris Robinson

The New Edition Story
100%

Black Love, Codie Elaine Oliver


Kevin Hooks, Night 2

Madiba
100%

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – (Film)

Dee Rees

Mudbound
97%

Jordan Peele

Get Out
98%

Malcolm D. Lee

Girls Trip
91%

Reginald Hudlin

Marshall
80%

Stella Meghie

Everything, Everything
45%

ANIMATED/CGI


Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – (Television or Film)


David Oyelowo

The Lion Guard


Loretta Devine

Doc McStuffins


Tiffany Haddish

Legends of Chamberlain Heights


Yvette Nicole Brown

Elena of Avalor


RECORDING


Outstanding New Artist

  • Demetria McKinney – “Officially Yours” (eOne Music)
  • Kevin Ross – “The Awakening” (Motown/Capitol Records)
  • Khalid – “American Teen” (RCA Records/Right Hand Music Group)
  • SZA – “Ctrl” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)
  • Vic Mensa – “The Autobiography” (Roc Nation/Capitol Records)

Outstanding Male Artist

  • Brian McKnight – “Genesis” (SoNo Recording Group)
  • Bruno Mars – “Versace On the Floor” (Atlantic Records)
  • Charlie Wilson – “In It to Win It” (RCA Records/P Music Group)
  • JAY-Z – “4:44” (Roc Nation)
  • Kendrick Lamar – “DAMN.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Female Artist

  • Andra Day – “Stand Up For Something” (Warner Bros. Records)
  • Beyoncé – “Die With You” (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • Ledisi – “Let Love Rule” (Verve Label Group)
  • Mary J. Blige – “Strength of a Woman” (Capitol Records)
  • SZA – “Ctrl” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

  • Andra Day feat. Common – Stand Up For Something (Warner Bros. Records)
  • Charlie Wilson feat. T.I. – I’m Blessed (RCA Records/P Music Group)
  • Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – LOYALTY. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
  • Mary J. Blige feat. Kanye West – Love Yourself (Capitol Records)
  • SZA feat. Travis Scott – Love Galore (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Jazz Album

  • Boundless – Damien Escobar (Phoenix Lane Entertainment)
  • Dreams and Daggers – Cécile McLorin Salvant (Mack Avenue Records)
  • Petite Afrique – Somi (Sony Music/OKeh)
  • Poetry In Motion – Najee (Shanachie Entertainment)
  • So It Is – Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Legacy Recordings)

Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)

  • “Close” – Marvin Sapp (Verity Records)
  • “Crossover Live From Music City” – Travis Greene (RCA Inspiration)
  • “Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2” – Greenleaf Soundtrack (RCA Inspiration)
  • “Heart. Passion. Pursuit.” – Tasha Cobbs Leonard (Motown Gospel)
  • “Let Them Fall In Love” – CeCe Winans (Puresprings Gospel)

Outstanding Music Video

  • “4:44” – JAY-Z (Roc Nation)
  • “Gods” – Maxwell (Columbia Records)
  • “High” – Ledisi (Verve Label Group)
  • “Strength of A Woman” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)
  • “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional

  • “High” – Ledisi (Verve Label Group)
  • “Honest” – MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)
  • “Surefire (Piano Version)” – John Legend (Columbia Records)
  • “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
  • “U + Me” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary

  • “Gonna Be Alright” – Mali Music (RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment)
  • “HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
  • “Insecure” – Jazmine Sullivan X Bryson Tiller (RCA Records)
  • “Love Galore” – SZA feat. Travis Scott (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)
  • “The Story of O.J.” – JAY-Z (Roc Nation)

Outstanding Album

  • “4:44” – JAY-Z (Roc Nation)
  • “DAMN.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
  • “Genesis” – Brian McKnight (SoNo Recording Group)
  • “In It To Win It” – Charlie Wilson (RCA Records/P Music Group)
  • “Strength of A Woman” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

LITERATURE


Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

  • “Little Fires Everywhere” – Celeste Ng (Penguin Random House)
  • “No One Is Coming to Save Us” – Stephanie Powell Watts (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • “Sing, Unburied, Sing” – Jesmyn Ward (Simon and Schuster)
  • “The Annotated African American Folktales” – Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Author), Maria Tatar (Author) (Liveright Publishing Corporation)
  • “The Wide Circumference of Love” – Marita Golden (Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

  • “Black Detroit – A People’s History of Self-Determination” – Herb Boyd (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • “Chokehold: Policing Black Men” – Paul Butler (The New Press)
  • “Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies” – Dick Gregory (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas” – Adrian Miller (University of North Carolina Press)
  • “We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy” – Ta-Nehisi Coates (Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

  • “A Beautiful Ghetto” – Devin Allen (Haymarket Books)
  • “Chasing Spaces: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace & Second Chances” – Leland Melvin (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • “No One Is Coming to Save Us” – Stephanie Powell Watts (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • “Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat” – Patricia Williams (Author) Jeannine Amber (With) (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • “We’re Going to Need More Wine” – Gabrielle Union (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography

  • “Ali: A Life” – Jonathan Eig (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • “Becoming Ms. Burton – From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women” – Susan Burton (Author), Cari Lynn (Author), Michelle Alexander (Foreword By) (The New Press)
  • “Chester B. Himes” – Lawrence P. Jackson (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • “Obama: The Call of History” – Peter Baker (New York Times/Callaway)
  • “We’re Going to Need More Wine” – Gabrielle Union (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

  • “Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You” – Misty Copeland (Grand Central Publishing)
  • “Exponential Living – Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are” – Sheri Riley (Author), Usher (Foreword By) (Penguin Random House)
  • “Kristen Kish Cooking” – Kristen Kish (Author), Meredith Erickson (With) (Clarkson Potter)
  • “Notoriously Dapper – How to Be A Modern Gentleman with Manners, Style and Body Confidence” – Kelvin Davis (Mango Media Inc.)
  • “The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams” – Dr. Tererai Trent (Author), Oprah Winfrey (Foreword By) (Simon and Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

  • “Incendiary Art: Poems” – Patricia Smith (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)
  • “My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter” – Aja Monet (Haymarket Books)
  • “Silencer” – Marcus Wicker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • “The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water” – Cameron Barnett (Autumn House Press)
  • “Wild Beauty: New and Selected Poems” – Ntozake Shange (Simon and Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

  • “Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymond Obstfeld (With) (Hachette Book Group)
  • “Before She Was Harriet” – Lesa Cline-Ransome (Author), James E. Ransome (Illustrator) (Holiday House)
  • “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” – Vashti Harrison (Hachette Book Group)
  • “Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!” – Andrea J. Loney (Author), Keith Mallett (Illustrator) (Lee & Low Books)
  • “The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist” – Cynthia Levinson (Author), Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator) (S&S Children’s Publishing)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

  • “Allegedly” – Tiffany D. Jackson (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • “Clayton Byrd Goes Underground” – Rita Williams-Garcia (Author), Frank Morrison (Illustrator) (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers)
  • “Long Way Down” – Jason Reynolds (S&S Children’s Publishing)
  • “Solo” – Kwame Alexander (Author), Mary Rand Hess (With) (Blink)
  • “The Hate U Give” – Angie Thomas (HarperCollins Publishers)

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