2012 NAACP Image Award Film And TV Nominations

NAACP Image Awards 2012 NomineesNominees for THE 43RD NAACP IMAGE AWARDS were announced today. Winners will be announced during a live telecast on NBC Friday, February 17 beginning at 8 PM. The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of film, television, music and literature and honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Here are the nominees in films and television:


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 Comedy Series
Arthur Harris – “Reed Between the Lines” – Let’s Talk About Ms. Helen’s Son Part 1 (BET)
Prentice Penny – “Happy Endings” – The Girl with the David Tattoo (ABC)
Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil – “The Game” – Parachutes….Beach Chairs (BET)
Vali Chandrasekaran – “30 Rock” – It’s Never Too Late For Now (NBC)
Vince Cheung, Ben Montanio – “Wizards of Waverly Place” – Wizards vs. Angels (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Cheo Hodari Coker – “SouthLAnd” – Punching Water (TNT)
Janine Sherman Barrois – “Criminal Minds” – The Bittersweet Science (CBS)
Lolis Eric Elie – “Treme” – Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues? (HBO)
Pam Veasey – “Ringer” – Oh Gawd, There’s Two of Them? (The CW)
Zoanne Clack – “Grey’s Anatomy” – I Will Survive (ABC)

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 Comedy Series
Jay Chandrasekhar – “Happy Endings” – The Girl with the David Tattoo (ABC)
Kevin Hooks – “Drop Dead Diva” – Mother’s Day (Lifetime)
Leonard R. Garner Jr. – “Rules of Engagement” – The Set Up (CBS)
Miguel Arteta – “How to Make It in America” – Mofongo (HBO)
Salim Akil – “The Game” – Parachutes/Beach Chairs (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Ernest Dickerson – “Treme” – Do Watcha Wanna (HBO)
Ken Whittingham – “Parenthood” – Opening Night (NBC)
Kevin Sullivan – “NCIS” – Tell-All (CBS)
Paris Barclay – “Sons of Anarchy” – Out (FX Network)
Seith Mann – “Dexter” – Get Gellar (Showtime)

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)


Outstanding Comedy Series
“Love That Girl!” (TV One)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Reed Between the Lines” (BET)
“The Game” (BET)
“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Dulé Hill – “Psych” (USA Network)
Malcolm-Jamal Warner – “Reed Between the Lines” (BET)
Phil Morris – “Love That Girl!” (TV One)
Pooch Hall – “The Game” (BET)
Terry Crews – “Are We There Yet?” (TBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tatyana Ali – “Love That Girl!” (TV One)
Tia Mowry-Hardrict – “The Game” (BET)
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Reed Between the Lines” (BET)
Vanessa Williams – “Desperate Housewives” (ABC)
Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Craig Robinson – “The Office” (NBC)
Damon Wayans, Jr. – “Happy Endings” (ABC)
J.B. Smoove – “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
Nick Cannon – “Up All Night” (NBC)
Tracy Morgan – “30 Rock” (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Amber Riley – “Glee” (FOX)
Gabourey Sidibe – “The Big C” (Showtime)
Keshia Knight Pulliam – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
Maya Rudolph – “Up All Night” (NBC)
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family” (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC)
“The Good Wife” (CBS)
“Treme” (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Andre Braugher – “Men of A Certain Age” (TNT)
Hill Harper – “CSI: NY” (CBS)
L.L. Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)
Taye Diggs – “Private Practice” (ABC)
Wendell Pierce – “Treme” (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Khandi Alexander – “Treme” (HBO)
Regina King – “SouthLAnd” (TNT)
Sandra Oh – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Taraji P. Henson – “Person of Interest” (CBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Corey Reynolds – “The Closer” (TNT)
Ice T – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC)
James Pickens, Jr. – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Nelsan Ellis – “True Blood” (HBO)
Omar Epps – “House M.D.” (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alfre Woodard – “Memphis Beat” (TNT)
Anika Noni Rose – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC)
Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Diahann Carroll – “White Collar” (USA Network)
Loretta Devine – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“Five” (Lifetime Movie Network)
“Hallmark Hall of Fame, Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith” (ABC)
“Luther” (BBC America)
“The Least Among You” (Showtime)
“Thurgood” (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Esai Morales – “We Have Your Husband” (Lifetime)
Idris Elba – “Luther” (BBC America)
Laurence Fishburne – “Thurgood” (HBO)
Louis Gossett, Jr. – “The Least Among You” (Showtime)
Samuel L. Jackson – “The Sunset Limited ” (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Anika Noni Rose – “Hallmark Hall of Fame, Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith” (ABC)
Jenifer Lewis – “Five” (Lifetime Movie Network)
Rosario Dawson – “Five” (Lifetime Movie Network)
Taraji P. Henson – “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story” (Lifetime)
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Five” (Lifetime Movie Network)

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Aaron D. Spears – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
Bryton James – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Emerson Brooks – “All My Children” (ABC)
James Reynolds – “Days of Our Lives” (NBC)
Texas Battle – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Christel Khalil – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Julia Pace Mitchell – “The Young & the Restless” (CBS)
Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Tonya Lee Williams – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Yvette Freeman – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special)
“BET News Exclusive: The President Answers Black America” (BET)
“Judge Mathis” (Syndicated)
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO)
“Unsung” (TV One)
“Washington Watch with Roland Martin” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series
“Anderson” (Syndicated)
“Oprah’s Lifeclass” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
“The Doctors” (Syndicated)
“The View” (ABC)
“The Wendy Williams Show” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Series
“All-American Muslim” (TLC)
“American Idol” (FOX)
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“Sunday Best” (BET)
“Tia & Tamera” (Style Network)

Outstanding Variety Series or Special
“2011 BET Awards” (BET)
“Black Girls Rock!” (BET)
“Oprah Presents: Master Class” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
“Prince! Behind the Symbol” (The Africa Channel)
“UNCF An Evening of Stars Tribute to Chaka Khan” (BET)

Outstanding Children’s Program
“A.N.T. Farm” (Disney Channel)
“Dora The Explorer” (Nickelodeon)
“Go, Diego! Go!” (Nickelodeon)
“I Can Be President: A Kid’s-Eye View” (HBO)
“My Family Tree” (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Performance in a Youth/ Children’s Program – (Series or Special)
China Anne McClain – “A.N.T. Farm” (Disney Channel)
Keke Palmer – “True Jackson, VP” (Nickelodeon)
Lance Robertson – “Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nickelodeon)
Leon Thomas III – “Victorious” (Nickelodeon)
Zendaya Coleman – “Shake It Up” (Disney Channel)

    1. Yep. That’s what’s sometimes sad about these nominations. I appreciate this awards show for recognizing people of color however in the field of acting they often nominate people regardless of their status on shows, acting ability or screen time. Last year, Tatyana Ali won a supporting actress award for The Young and the Restless and she was not a cast regular and barely had 10 minutes of screen time for the entire year. I see she’s nominated again and she’s had about the same amount of exposure on the show.

      I wish they would revamp the nominations and rewards process so the best of the best are duly rewarded. All NAACP members get to vote for the winners regardless of whether they’re familiar with people’s work of not (which is probably not unlike industry award shows) but more often than not popularity triumphs talent. One year, Janet Jackson won over Ruby Dee in the motion picture actress category. And Tyler Perry’s shows and actors constantly win over more accomplished programs and acting.

      But on the flip side, where else would some of the nominees receive any recognition for their work? And with any awards show from People’s Choice to the Oscars, rewards are based on a matter of taste.

    1. I don’t quite understand these awards. Emma Stone can be nominated in the Best Lead Actress category, but we’re stuck with Eddie Murphy for Tower Heist in the Best Lead Actor group? If racial lines aren’t an issue (which they aren’t based on Stone’s nomination), why the hell is Murphy up for an award? Same could be said for Jeffrey Wright’s cameo in Ides of March or Anthony Mackie in The Adjustment Bureau.

      I just don’t get it.

  1. Yeah every year the Image Awards just sink lower and lower… Tower Heist? C’mon… you’re telling me there wasn’t a better film out there that featured an African American actor? I’ve seen commercials for dish detergent that would wipe the floor with Tower Heist.

    1. Eddie Murphy’s role was a return to roles that he was made famous for — and I hope something that he returns to more often than not. There’s no denying that Murphy is a great comedic actor — check him out in A thousand words which comes out March 9th — the trailer looks hilarious. Putting down comedy is just like everyone else, they get no respect.

  2. Jumping the Broom and Tower Heist??? I think this proves there truly are not enough quality moves made by and for African Americans.

    1. Hey, I’m African American and I take no offense with that statement! I shook my head over those nominations too. Clearly, a blue ribbon panel of critics was not involved with the selection process.

      These and other nominations wreck the credibility of this show.

      1. Why would you EVEN say the statement that you “didn’t take offense”? It was not meant to be offensive to you. It’s clear that Hollywood has bent over backward to include ethnicities so much these past couple of years that in order to get African American actors working the product is greenlighted in spite of it being bad. And it’s also clear that there are good black actors and good white actors, good Mexican actors, good Asian actors…. We should ALL be included. I say this three days after Martin Luther King’s birthday. So who gives a darn about these awards. It really is about inclusion of all types of actors These awards are dumb – African American actors know this fact. White actors know this fact – all ethnicities of actors know this fact. All award shows are stupid. Let’s just get work for all good actors.

        1. “Take no offense” was a joke to acknowledge the questioning of what the NAACP feels are suitable nominations for Image Awards. It’s my opinion as well that Jumping the Broom and especially Tower Heist did not deserve the acclaim of receiving nominations.

          Seems like you were the one who was actually offended. I see hyper-sensitivity is alive and well on these boards. LOL (that means that line was a joke too).

    2. I loved Jumping The Broom and it’s certainly miles better than the typical Mammy/Jesus fare of Tyler Perry. It was a funny, touching movie and did a great job of portraying the dynamic between the working class and upper class black americans.

  3. As always slim pickins… but Tower Heist? Must we scrape the bottom of the barrel? Is it that desperate?

    Glad to see Fishburn up for Contagion. Damn, he was good in that. And Jeffrey Wright was excellent as well.

    Angie Jolie for director? Yes, it’s true, the woman does need a shout out for transcending the box of beauty and I love her like a lesbian and all but I don’t understand this. I hope she shows up to the ceremony – THAT would be more entertaining than her film.

  4. So Vin Diesel gets nominated for Fast Five and yet Demián Bichir gives ones of the best five performances of the year gets absolutely nothing. Why does the NAACP even bother with these awards when even they don’t them seriously?

  5. In order to be nominated for an Image award you have to submit an application and pay a fee… I guess the producers of Tower Heist will look for any way to redeem their names.

  6. These awards are starting to be a joke! I love Modern Family gut there are no black people on the show and it got nominated for best comedy series. And how and the hell did Michael K. Williams not get nominated for Boardwalk Empire?

  7. The nominating process is definitely flawed. But these awards, as are all awards, part of the marketing process for films in cooperation with the TV networks who make money from these shows and have A-list actors show up for free. As for the Image awards, my sour grapes is that when my film was up for THREE in the TV movie category, my lead actor lost to another actor who was a SUPPORTING ACTOR, not a LEAD. In fact, the lead in his film was nominated in the same category as his supporting actor. The supporting actor happened to be very popular with black audiences, so, even though most voters did not see both pics, the popular name won. My attorney told me he is on the nominating committee that initially decides on the nominees, then it goes out to the membership to vote online or via their subscription to the NAACP newsletter, The Crisis. The rest is up to an uninformed electorate of NAACP members nationwide. (BTW, we hacked the online site and voted a few times, felt guilty, and called to tell them to correct their access problem). Don’t be surprised when it becomes a Tyler Perry fest, or BET sitcom cluster f@3*, and never think that an outstanding actor can win if they are not already a household name in black households.

  8. Congrats to Disney’s ANT FARM – a funny, clever show that I don’t mind watching with my kids, who adore it!

  9. I am at my absolute total wits end with some of these nominations and the awards show itself. How was SALLI RICHARDSON WHITFIELD not nominated for I Will Follow and for that matter the director AVA DUVERNAY! By the way, I Will Follow was nominated as a film but neither the star nor the director are nominated. Instead, EMMA STONE was nominated for Best Actress and ANGELINA JOLIE for Best Director! Does NAACP mean, National Association for the Advancement of Caucasian People? I’m completely confused. But then again, as long as you “buy” an award you can receive one for the telecast. It should be called National Association for the Advancement of somebody’s colored ass sitting in their office!!!! It’s disgusting.

    Giving awards to shows and actors whose images are completely assassinating people of color! (insert picture of Tyler Perry and his body of work here) I know plenty of people in this town who could care less about these awards and I wish they would begin to speak up so something can actually get done. These awards mean nothing to this industry and based on how they are given out they should just eliminate the ceremony all together. They should just email the awards to the winners. It would be the first time in the shows history that it actually ran on time and wouldn’t be so painful to watch!!!!

    In short, the “Image” of the “Award” is as sad as the NAACP itself!!!!

  10. So glad that someone recognized Bryce Dallas Howard for the Help — to me — she was the villian and deserved at least a nomination. Jumping the Broom is a great film and I’m so happy that it was recognized as well.

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