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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The NAACP Image Award TV Nominations Are a Thing of Beauty


I said it before when I first watched the series premiere of Insecure at UrbanWorld Film Festival earlier this year, and I'll say it again: writer/star/co-creator Issa Rae proves yet again that black woman characters can be hilarious, authentic, messy, yet poignant all at once--as also reaffirmed by the fabulous Yvonne Orji, who plays her more confident yet flighty bestie, Molly. So you can just imagine how hard I squealed when I saw them both, along with the series and writers, on the NAACP Image Award nominations list yesterday. 

And actually, the Image Awards kinda brought it this year in the TV categories. So let's just focus on those (the film categories were as expected anyway). Here's a very partial list of my favorite nominees:

Outstanding Comedy Series
Insecure (HBO)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Issa Rae - Insecure (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Yvonne Orji - Insecure (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown - This Is Us (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Marsai Martin - black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
American Crime (ABC)
The Night Of (HBO)
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
Courtney B. Vance - The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Cuba Gooding Jr. - The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Sterling K. Brown - The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
Regina King - American Crime (ABC)

Outstanding Documentary - (Film)
13th (Netflix)
I Am Not Your Negro (Velvet Film)

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Issa Rae, Larry Wilmore - Insecure - “Insecure as F**k” (HBO)
Prentice Penny - Insecure - “Real as F**k” (HBO)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Joe Robert Cole - The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story - “The Race Card” - (FX)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture - (Television)
Rashida Jones and Mike Schur - Black Mirror: Nosedive (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
John Singleton - The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: The Race Card - (FX)
Paris Barclay - Pitch - “Pilot” (FOX)

Additional comments: PLEASE watch This Is Us, if you're not already. It is one of the most unexpectedly great shows, with a central performance by Sterling K. Brown, who's having the best year ever. Also, shout out to Rashida Jones, who repeatedly reminds us that she is one of the most underrated writers in Hollywood. "Nosedive" is strangely and scarily indicative of today's society, and absolute must-watch episode of Black Mirror. Tell a friend.

The NAACP Image Awards will air live on TV ONE on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at 9 p.m. EST. For a complete list of nominees, visit their website

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