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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Here Are Those NAACP Image Award Nominations You Ordered...

The 2012 NAACP Image Award Nominations were announced earlier today and, in usual tradition, were met with shock and abhorrence.

As much as you want to offer your support, it's very hard to take these awards seriously when, right out the gate, Tower Heist holds the fifth nominated spot as best picture. That film is dangerously close to racking up all the nominations of the Razzie awards this year.

And let's not even talk about how Vin Diesel scored a nod for his motorized performance in Fast Five. Everything about that movie is a popcorn flick, nothing more. He was nothing more than an escaped autobot from the Transformers movies.

And in typical NAACP Image Awards form, non-colored people found their way onto the nomination ballot, raising eyebrows. From honoring Angelina Jolie's In the Land of Blood and Honey to everyone but the extras in The Help, the standards for the awards have clearly become blurred over the years.

On the bright side, it's great to see Pariah get so much love. In a perfect world, that will be the clear winner in each category its nominated in.

Check out the full list of film nominees below:

Outstanding Motion Picture

“Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
“Pariah” (Focus Features)
“The First Grader” (National Geographic
“The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/
Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
“Tower Heist” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Eddie Murphy – “Tower Heist”
(Universal Pictures)
Laurence Fishburne – “Contagion”
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Laz Alonso – “Jumping the Broom”
(TriStar Pictures)
Oliver Litondo – “The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)
Vin Diesel – “Fast Five” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Adepero Oduye – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Emma Stone – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Paula Patton – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
Viola Davis – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Zoë Saldana – “Colombiana” (TriStar Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Anthony Mackie – “The Adjustment Bureau” (Universal Pictures)
Charles Parnell – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Don Cheadle – “The Guard” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Jeffrey Wright – “The Ides of March” (Columbia Pictures)
Mike Epps – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Bryce Dallas Howard – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Cicely Tyson – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Kim Wayans – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Maya Rudolph – “Bridesmaids” (Universal Pictures)
Octavia Spencer – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

“I Will Follow” (AFFRM)
“Kinyarwanda” (AFFRM)
“MOOZ-lum” (AFFRM)
“Pariah” (Focus Features)
“The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)

Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture

“A Separation” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Attack the Block” (Screen Gems)
“In the Land of Blood and Honey” (FilmDistrict)
“Le Havre” (Janus Films)
“Life, Above All” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Documentary – (Theatrical or Television)

“Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” (Submarine Deluxe)
“Sing Your Song” (HBO Documentary Films)
“The Rescuers” (Michael King Productions)
“Thunder Soul” (Roadside Attractions)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)

Alrick Brown – “Kinyarwanda” (AFFRM)
Ann Peacock – “The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)
Dee Rees – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Elizabeth Hunter, Arlene Gibbs – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
Tate Taylor – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)

Alrick Brown – “Kinyarwanda” (AFFRM)
Angelina Jolie – “In the Land of Blood and Honey” (FilmDistrict)
Dee Rees – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Salim Akil – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
Tate Taylor – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)

The awards will air live on February 17 at 8pm EST on NBC.


Walter L. Hollmann said...

Tower Heist was hilarious, well-made; don't get the hate for that film at all. Much as I enjoy Jumping the Broom (delightful!), a nom for Laz Alonso is a bit much. Angela Bassett should have gotten in over Emma Stone. And Jeffrey Wright's short, do-nothing cameo in Ides of March for Supporting Actor? Over his moving, effective, actual character in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

I will applaud the continuing triumphs of Viola Davis, the nomination for Laurence Fishburne, and the nom for Attack the Block. I'm ashamed to say I haven't seen Pariah, though.

Wendy Eustache said...

I actually think the nominations are actually well rounded in the film categories this year. In previous years, it felt like Tyler Perry had at least two noms in each category and I was thinking they were going to change the name of the show to the Tyler Perry Image Awards!

Fr. Dennis Kriz, OSM said...

Hmm, I'm actually surprised that Tyler Perry was effectively shut-out of this year's NAACP Awards. On my own list of best films of 2011, I put Madea's Big Happy Family as one of the best "intergenerational films" of the year because I can say from experience that what was happening in that movie (adult kids not wanting to talk with their aging parent) happens EVERYWHERE (across culture) and often to the same disastrous results as shown in that movie. Yes, "Big Happy Family" was marketed as a "comedy." Perhaps even in terms of "image" it wasn't particularly flattering either. BUT it rang true, and again _across all cultures_. Anyway, thanks very very much for posting the NAACP's best pictures/actors list here ;-)

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