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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The NAACP Image Awards are Team "Django Unchained"...and "Alex Cross"

Although it's getting a lot of less attention, the NAACP Image Awards announced their list of nominees today, and Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, and Django Unchained are deservedly the major contenders.

Halle Berry gets a surprise nod here, for an underwhelming performance(s) in Cloud Atlas. But Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry continue to wow voting academies with their riveting performances in Beasts of the Southern Wild, along with the outstanding Flight crew--Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle.

A few head scratcher nominees are Lenny Kravitz (the future Marvin Gaye) for his blink-and-you'll-miss-him performance in The Hunger Games and Taraji P. Henson in Think Like a Man, which clearly a throwaway nomination that could have went to something else. Oh, and Viola Davis is nominated for the critically panned Won't Back Down....

But the major surprise is Tyler Perry getting a nod for the spectacular catastrophe that was Alex Cross, then turning around and nominating him for Good Deeds?? Come on now...And let us not speak about Red Tails, which was grand opening, grand closing at the box office. That and it was terrible.

Read the list of film nominees list below:

Outstanding Motion Picture

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
"Django Unchained" (The Weinstein Company)
"Flight" (Paramount Pictures)
"Red Tails" (Lucasfilm)
"Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Denzel Washington - "Flight" (Paramount Pictures)
Jamie Foxx - "Django Unchained" (The Weinstein Company)
Morgan Freeman - "The Magic of Belle Isle" (Magnolia Pictures)
Suraj Sharma - "Life of Pi" (20th Century Fox)
Tyler Perry - "Alex Cross" (Summit Entertainment)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Emayatzy Corinealdi - "Middle of Nowhere" (AAFRM)
Halle Berry - "Cloud Atlas" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Loretta Devine - "In The Hive" (Eone Entertainment)
Quvenzhané Wallis - "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Viola Davis - "Won't Back Down" (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

David Oyelowo - "Middle of Nowhere" (AFFRM)
Don Cheadle - "Flight" (Paramount Pictures)
Dwight Henry - "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Lenny Kravitz - "The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate)
Samuel L. Jackson - "Django Unchained" (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Amandla Stenberg - "The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate)
Gloria Reuben - "Lincoln" (The Walt Disney Studios)
Kerry Washington - "Django Unchained" (The Weinstein Company)
Phylicia Rashad - "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" (Lionsgate)
Taraji P. Henson - "Think Like a Man" (Screen Gems)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
"Chico & Rita" (GKIDS)
"Red Tails" (Lucasfilm)
"Unconditional" (Harbinger Media Partners)
"Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day" (Codeblack)

Outstanding International Motion Picture

"Chico & Rita" (GKIDS)
"For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada" (ARC Entertainment)
"Special Forces" (eOne Films)
"The Intouchables" (The Weinstein Company)
"The Raid: Redemption" (Sony Pictures Classics)

DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding Documentary - (Theatrical or Television)

"Black Wings" (Smithsonian Channel)
"Brooklyn Castle" (Producers Distribution Agency)
"First Position" (IFC Films)
"Marley" (Magnolia Pictures)
"On the Shoulders of Giants - The Story of the Greatest Team You've Never Heard Of" (Showtime)

WRITING

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

Elizabeth Hunter - "Abducted: The Carlina White Story" (Lifetime)
John Gatins - "Flight" (Paramount Pictures)
John Ridley, Aaron McGruder - "Red Tails" (Lucasfilm)
Keith Merryman, David A. Newman - "Think Like a Man" (Screen Gems)
Ol Parker - "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)


The NAACP Image Awards will air live on February 1st, 2013 on NBC.

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