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According to Variety, the nominations for the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards were announced this morning.

“Belle,” “Beyond the Lights,” “Dear White People,” “Get On Up” and “Selma” have grabbed top film nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards.

“Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” also earned top acting noms. The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.

In the TV heat, ABC freshman “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” BET’s “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane” were among the top nominees.

Here is a full list of Image Award nominees:


Outstanding Motion Picture

  • “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
  • “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)
  • “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
  • “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
  • “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
    • Chadwick Boseman – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
    • David Oyelowo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
    • Denzel Washington – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)
    • Idris Elba – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)
    • Nate Parker – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
  • Quvenzhané Wallis – “Annie” (Columbia Pictures)
  • Taraji P. Henson – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)
  • Tessa Thompson – “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
  • Viola Davis – “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” (The Weinstein Company)Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
  • André Holland – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Cedric the Entertainer – “Top Five” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Common – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Danny Glover – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)
  • Wendell Pierce – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
  • Carmen Ejogo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Jill Scott – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
  • Octavia Spencer – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
  • Oprah Winfrey – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Viola Davis – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)


  • Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
  • “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
  • “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
  • “Half of a Yellow Sun” (monterey media inc.)
  • “JIMI: All Is By My Side” (XLrator Media)
  • “Life of a King” (Animus Films/Serena Films)DOCUMENTARYOutstanding Documentary – (Film)
  • “Documented” (Apo Anak Productions)
  • “Finding Fela” (Jigsaw Productions)
  • “I Am Ali” (Focus World/Fisheye Films)
  • “Keep On Keepin On” (RADiUS)
  • “Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of aPeople” (Chimpanzee Productions, Inc.)Outstanding Documentary – (Television)
  • “American Experience: Freedom Summer” (PBS)
  • “Bad Boys” (ESPN)
  • “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” (HBO)
  • “Rand University” (ESPN)
  • “The War Comes Home: Soledad O’Brien Reports” (CNN)


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

  • Aisha Muharrar – “Parks and Recreation” – Ann & Chris (NBC)
  • Brigette Munoz-Liebowitz – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” – Road Trip (FOX)
  • Mindy Kaling – “The Mindy Project” – Danny and Mindy (FOX)
  • Regina Hicks – “Instant Mom” – A Kids’s Choice (Nickelodeon and Nick@Nite)
  • Sara Hess – “Orange is the New Black” – It Was the Change (Netflix)Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
  • Erika Green Swafford – “How to Get Away with Murder” – Let’s Get To Scooping(ABC)
  • Mara Brock Akil – “Being Mary Jane” – Uber Love (BET)
  • Warren Leight, Julie Martin – “Law & Order: SVU” – American Disgrace (NBC)
  • Zahir McGhee – “Scandal” – Mama Said Knock You Out (ABC)
  • Zoanne Clack – “Grey’s Anatomy” – You Be Illin’ (ABC)Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie
  • Karin Gist, Regina Hicks – “Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)
  • Reggie Bythewood – “Gun Hill” (BET)
  • Sharon Brathwaite, Peres Owino – “Seasons of Love” (Lifetime Networks)
  • Shernold Edwards – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)
  • Sterling Anderson, Maria Nation – “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
  • Chris Rock – “Top Five” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Justin Simien – “Dear White People” (Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate)
  • Margaret Nagle – “The Good Lie” (Alcon Entertainment)
  • Misan Sagay – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
  • Richard Wenk – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)DIRECTINGOutstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
  • Ken Whittingham – “Parks and Recreation” – Prom (NBC)
  • Ken Whittingham – “The Mindy Project” – Think Like a Peter (FOX)
  • Linda Mendoza – “Bad Judge” – One Brave Waitress (NBC)
  • Reginald Hudlin – “Bad Judge” – Knife to a Gunfight (NBC)
  • Stan Lathan – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” – No New Friends (BET)Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
  • Anton Cropper – “Suits” – One-Two-Three Go… (USA)
  • Carl Franklin – “House of Cards” – Chapter 14 (Netflix)
  • Cary Joji Fukunaga – “True Detective” – Who Goes There (HBO)
  • Hanelle Culpepper – “Criminal Minds” – The Edge of Winter (CBS)
  • Millicent Shelton – “The Divide” – And the Little Ones Get Caught (WE tv)

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie

  • Bille Woodruff – “Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)
  • Greg Champion – “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)
  • Michael Wilson – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)
  • Reggie Bythewood – “Gun Hill” (BET)
  • Stephen Tolkin – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture
  • Amma Asante – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
  • Antoine Fuqua – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)
  • Ava DuVernay – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)
  • John Ridley – “JIMI: All Is By My Side” (XLrator Media)ANIMATED/CGIOutstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – (Television or Film)
  • Jamie Foxx – “Rio 2″ (20th Century Fox)
  • Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)
  • Morgan Freeman – “The Lego Movie” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures/Ratpac-Dune Entertainment/Lego System A/S/VertigoEntertainment/Lin Pictures)
  • Tracy Morgan – “The Boxtrolls” (Focus Features)
  • Zoe Saldana – “The Book of Life” (20th Century Fox)

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