‘Moonlight,’ ‘Birth of a Nation’ and ‘Loving’ score big with NAACP Image Award nominations


The 48th NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced Tuesday with Oscar contender “Moonlight” and Nate Parker’s embattled “The Birth of a Nation” each scoring six nods, with “Loving” nabbing five.

The awards aim to celebrate accomplishments of people of color in television, music, literature and film, while also recognizing the efforts of those working to promote social justice through those mediums.

In music, the sisters Knowles proved to be a force of nature, with Beyoncé garnering seven nominations and Solange grabbing five.


On television, no one can touch ABC’s “black-ish,” which racked up a jaw-dropping 12 nominations, including acknowledgements for six different cast members.

The 48th NAACP Image Awards will be hosted by “black-ish” star Anthony Anderson on Feb. 11 on TV ONE.

Here’s the complete list of nominees:

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Anthony Anderson, left, Tracee Ellis Ross and Kenya Barris are all nominated for NAACP Image Awards for "black-ish," which got 12 nominations in all.
Anthony Anderson, left, Tracee Ellis Ross and Kenya Barris are all nominated for NAACP Image Awards for “black-ish,” which got 12 nominations in all.
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  • Beyoncé
  • Viola Davis
  • Regina King
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
  • Chance the Rapper


Outstanding picture

  • “Fences” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
  • “Loving” (Focus Features/Big Beach)
  • “Moonlight” (A24)
  • “The Birth of a Nation” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)


  • Denzel Washington - “Fences” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Don Cheadle - “Miles Ahead” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Nate Parker - “The Birth of a Nation” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Stephan James - “Race” (Focus Features/The Luminary Group A Solofilms/Trinidad/Trinity/Trinity Race Production)
  • Will Smith - “Collateral Beauty” (Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line Cinema)


  • Angela Bassett - “London Has Fallen” (Focus Features/Millennium Films/G-Base Production)
  • Madina Nalwanga - “Queen of Katwe” (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Ruth Negga - “Loving” (Focus Features/Big Beach)
  • Taraji P. Henson - “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
  • Tika Sumpter - “Southside With You” (Roadside Attractions)

Supporting actor

  • Alano Miller - “Loving” (Focus Features/Big Beach)
  • Chadwick Boseman - “Captain America: Civil War” (Marvel Studios)
  • David Oyelowo - “Queen of Katwe” (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Mahershala Ali - “Moonlight” (A24)
  • Trevante Rhodes - “Moonlight” (A24)

Supporting actress

  • Aja Naomi King - “The Birth of a Nation” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Lupita Nyong’o - “Queen of Katwe” (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Mo’ Nique - “Almost Christmas” (Universal Pictures)
  • Octavia Spencer - “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
  • Viola Davis - “Fences” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding independent picture

  • “Lion” (See-Saw Films)
  • “Loving” (Focus Features/Big Beach)
  • “Miles Ahead” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • “Moonlight” (A24)
  • “The Birth of a Nation” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)


Film documentary

  • “13th” (Netflix)
  • “I Am Not Your Negro” (Velvet Film)
  • “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” (The People’s Poet LLC)
  • “Miss Sharon Jones!” (Cabin Creek Films)
  • “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” (Coffee Bluff Pictures)

Television documentary

  • “Major League Legends: Hank Aaron” (Smithsonian Channel)
  • “Policing the Police” (PBS)
  • “Roots: A History Revealed” (History)
  • “Roots: A New Vision” (History)
  • “Streets of Compton” (A&E)


Comedy series

  • “Atlanta” (FX)
  • “black-ish” (ABC)
  • “Insecure” (HBO)
  • “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)
  • “The Carmichael Show” (NBC)

Actor in a comedy series

  • Anthony Anderson - “black-ish” (ABC)
  • Don Cheadle - “House of Lies” (Showtime)
  • Donald Glover - “Atlanta” (FX)
  • Dwayne Johnson - “Ballers” (HBO)
  • Kevin Hart - “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET)

Actress in a comedy series

  • Issa Rae - “Insecure” (HBO)
  • Keesha Sharp - “Lethal Weapon” (FOX)
  • Niecy Nash - “The Soul Man” (TV Land)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross - “black-ish” (ABC)
  • Uzo Aduba - “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

Supporting actor in a comedy series

  • David Alan Grier - “The Carmichael Show” (NBC)
  • Deon Cole - “black-ish” (ABC)
  • Laurence Fishburne - “black-ish” (ABC)
  • Miles Brown - “black-ish” (ABC)
  • Tituss Burgess - “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

  • Erica Ash - “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)
  • Laverne Cox - “Orange Is The New Black” (Netflix)
  • Marsai Martin - “black-ish” (ABC)
  • Tichina Arnold - “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)
  • Yvonne Orji - “Insecure” (HBO)

Drama series

  • “Empire” (FOX)
  • “Power” (Starz)
  • “Queen Sugar” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • “This Is Us” (NBC)
  • “Underground” (WGN America)

Actor in a drama series

  • Kofi Siriboe - “Queen Sugar” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • Mike Colter - “Marvel’s Luke Cage” (Netflix)
  • Omari Hardwick - “Power” (Starz)
  • Sterling K. Brown - “This Is Us” (NBC)
  • Terrence Howard - “Empire” (FOX)

Actress in a drama series

  • Jurnee Smollett-Bell - “Underground” (WGN America)
  • Kerry Washington - “Scandal” (ABC)
  • Rutina Wesley - “Queen Sugar” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • Taraji P. Henson - “Empire” (FOX)
  • Viola Davis - “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Supporting actor in a drama series

  • Alfred Enoch - “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
  • Jesse Williams - “Greys Anatomy” (ABC)
  • Joe Morton - “Scandal” (ABC)
  • Jussie Smollett - “Empire” (FOX)
  • Trai Byers - “Empire” (FOX)

Supporting actress in a drama series

  • Amirah Vann - “Underground” (WGN America)
  • CCH Pounder - “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS)
  • Cicely Tyson - “How To Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
  • Lynn Whitfield - “Greenleaf” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • Naturi Naughton - “Power” (Starz)

Television movie, limited-series or dramatic special

  • “American Crime” (ABC)
  • “Confirmation” (HBO)
  • “Roots” (History)
  • “The Night Of” (HBO)
  • “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)

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)
  • Jeffrey Wright - “Confirmation” (HBO)
  • Malachi Kirby - “Roots” (History)
  • Sterling K. Brown - “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)

Actress in a television movie, limited-series or dramatic special

  • Anika Noni Rose - “Roots” (History)
  • Audra McDonald - “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” (HBO)
  • Emayatzy Corinealdi - “Roots” (History)
  • Kerry Washington - “Confirmation” (HBO)
  • Regina King - “American Crime” (ABC)

News/information series or special

  • “AM Joy with Joy Reid” (MSNBC/NBC News)
  • “BET Love and Happiness White House Special” (BET)
  • “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson” (National Geographic Channel)
  • “Stay Woke” (BET)
  • “Unsung: Sugarhill Gang” (TV One)

Talk series

  • “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)
  • “SuperSoul Sunday” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • “The Real” (Syndicated)
  • “The Talk” (CBS)
  • “The View” (ABC)

Reality program/reality competition series

  • “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • “Little Big Shots” (NBC)
  • “Mary Mary” (WE tv)
  • “The Voice” (NBC)
  • “United Shades of America” (CNN)

Variety series or special

  • “2016 Black Girls Rock” (BET)
  • “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC)
  • “Lemonade” (HBO)
  • “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike TV)
  • “The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards 2016” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Children’s program

  • “All In With Cam Newton” (Nickelodeon)
  • “An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has to Win” (Amazon)
  • “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)
  • “K.C. Undercover” (Disney Channel)
  • “The Lion Guard” (Disney Junior)

Performance by a youth (series, special, television movie or limited-series)

  • Emyyri Crutchfield - “Roots” (History)
  • Hudson Yang - “Fresh Off The Boat” (ABC)
  • Lonnie Chavis - “This Is Us” (NBC)
  • Marsai Martin - “black-ish” (ABC)
  • Miles Brown - “black-ish” (ABC)

Host/hosts in a news, talk, reality or variety series or special

  • Anthony Anderson & Tracee Ellis Ross - “2016 BET Awards” (BET)
  • Joy Reid - “AM Joy with Joy Reid” (MSNBC)
  • Roland S. Martin - “NewsOne Now with Roland S. Martin” (TV One)
  • Steve Harvey - “The Steve Harvey Show” (Syndicated)
  • W. Kamau Bell - “United Shades of America” (CNN)


New artist

  • Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
  • Chloe X Halle (Columbia Records)
  • MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)
  • Ro James (RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment)
  • Serayah (Columbia Records)

Male artist

  • Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)
  • Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
  • Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
  • Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records)
  • Maxwell (Columbia)

Female artist

  • Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
  • Beyoncé (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • Fantasia (RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited)
  • K. Michelle (Atlantic Records)
  • Solange (Columbia Records)

Duo, group or collaboration

  • “Blended Family” - Alicia Keys feat. A$AP Rocky (RCA Records)
  • “Everything’s Beautiful” - Robert Glasper & Miles Davis (Legacy Recordings)
  • “Freedom” - Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • “Mad” - Solange feat. Lil Wayne (Columbia Records)
  • “Royalty” - Sounds of Blackness feat HSRA (High School for Recording Arts) (Sounds of Blackness/Atomic K Records)

Jazz album

  • “Everything’s Beautiful” - Robert Glasper & Miles Davis (Legacy Recordings)
  • “Latin America Songbook” - Edward Simon (Sunnyside)
  • “Leslie Odom Jr.” - Leslie Odom (S-Curve)
  • “Ready Take One” - Erroll Garner (Legacy Recordings/Octave Music Licensing LLC)
  • “Upward Spiral” - Branford Marsalis Quartet and Kurt Elling (Okeh)

Gospel album

  • “Jericho: Tribe of Joshua” - Livre’ (Glory 2 Glory Entertainment/RAL)
  • “Myron Butler & Levi On Purpose” - Myron Butler (Motown Gospel)
  • “One Way” - Tamela Mann (Tillymann, Inc.)
  • “The Journey (Live)” - Donnie McClurkin (RCA Inspiration)
  • “Worship Journal Live” - Fred Hammond (RCA Inspiration)

Music video

  • “24K Magic” - Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
  • “Cranes In The Sky” - Solange (Columbia Records)
  • “Formation” - Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • “This One’s for Me and You” - Johnny Gill feat. New Edition (Jskillz)
  • “In Common” - Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Song – traditional

  • “Amen” - Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)
  • “Cranes in the Sky” - Solange (Columbia Records)
  • “God Provides” - Tamela Mann (Tillymann, Inc.)
  • “I See Victory” - Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams (I Am Other/Columbia)
  • “Lake by the Ocean” - Maxwell (Columbia Records)

Song – contemporary

  • “24K Magic” - Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
  • “Formation” - Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • “Freedom” - Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • “Letter to the Free” - Common featuring Bilal (ARTium Records/ Def Jam Recordings)
  • “Royalty” - Sounds of Blackness feat HSRA (High School for Recording Arts) (Sounds of Blackness/Atomic K Records)


  • “A Seat at the Table” - Solange (Columbia Records)
  • “Coloring Book” - Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
  • “Lemonade” - Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • “untitled unmastered.” - Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records)
  • “What I’m Feelin” - Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)



  • “Another Brooklyn” - Jacqueline Woodson (HarperCollins /Amistad)
  • “The Book of Harlan” - Bernice L. McFadden (Akashic Books)
  • “The Illegal” - Lawrence Hill (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • “The Mother” - Yvvette Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers / Amistad)
  • “The Underground Railroad: A Novel” - Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)


  • “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul” - Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (Crown / The Crown Publishing Group)
  • “Freedom is a Constant Struggle” - Angela Y. Davis (Author), Cornel West (Foreword), (Haymarket Books)
  • “Hidden Figures” - Margot Lee Shetterly (HarperCollins Publishers / William Morrow)
  • “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” - Ibram X. Kendi (Nation Books)
  • “Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White” - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymond Obstfeld (Author), (Time Inc. Books)

Debut author

  • “Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” - Trevor Noah (Random House)
  • “Carry On” - Lisa Fenn (HarperCollins Publishers / Harper Wave)
  • “Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court” - Dr. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve (Stanford University Press)
  • “Grace: A Novel” - Natashia Deón (Counterpoint Press)
  • “United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good” - Cory Booker (Ballantine Books)


  • “Answering the Call: An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America” - Nathaniel Jones (The New Press)
  • “Around the Way Girl: A Memoir” - Taraji P. Henson (37 Ink/Atria Books)
  • “Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” - Trevor Noah (Random House)
  • “Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, A Young Black Man’s Education” - Mychal Denzel Smith (Nation Books)
  • “My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire” - Herb Powell (Author), Maurice White (Author), Steve Harvey (Foreword), David Foster (Foreword), (HarperCollins Publishers / Amistad)


  • “Green Smoothies for Life” - JJ Smith (Atria Books)
  • “LA Reid Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next” - LA Reid (Harper Collins)
  • “Running the Long Race in Gifted Education: Narratives and Interviews from Culturally Diverse Gifted Adults” - Joy M. Scott-Carrol (Author), Anthony Sparks (Author), Diana Slaughter Kotzin (Foreword), (IGET-Network Press/Book Publisher’s Network)
  • “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World “ - The Dalai Lama (Author), Desmond Tutu (Author), Douglas Abrams (With), (Avery)
  • “The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage” - Daymond John (Author), Daniel Paisner (With), (Crown Business / The Crown Publishing Group)


  • “Collected Poems: 1974-2004” - Rita Dove (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • “Counting Descent” - Clint Smith (Write Bloody Publishing)
  • “The Big Book of Exit Strategies” - Jamaal May (Alice James Books)
  • “The Sobbing School” - Joshua Bennett (Penguin Books)
  • “Thief in the Interior” - Phillip B. Williams (Alice James Books)


  • “A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day” - Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Lou Fancher (Illustrator), Steve Johnson (Illustrator), (Viking Children’s Books)
  • “Daddy’s Little Girl” - Karissa Culbreath (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
  • “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat” - Javaka Steptoe (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • “The Golden Girls Of Rio” - Nikkolas Smith (Skyhorse Publishing / Sky Pony Press)
  • “Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas” - Gwendolyn Hooks (Author), Colin Bootman (Illustrator), (Lee & Low Books)


  • “As Brave As You” - Jason Reynolds (Simon & Schuster (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books))
  • “Riding Chance” - Christine Kendall (Scholastic / Scholastic Press)
  • “Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express” - Holly Robinson Peete (Author), Ryan Elizabeth Peete (Author), RJ Peete (Author), (Scholastic / Scholastic Press)
  • “The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend” - Sharon Robinson (Scholastic / Scholastic Press)
  • “Two Naomis” - Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Author), Audrey Vernick (Author), (HarperCollins Children’s Books)


Comedy series

  • Donald Glover - “Atlanta” - B.A.N. (FX)
  • Issa Rae, Larry Wilmore - “Insecure” - Insecure as F**k (HBO)
  • Kenya Barris - “black-ish” - Hope (ABC)
  • Our Lady J - “Transparent” - If I Were A Bell (Amazon)
  • Prentice Penny - “Insecure” - Real as F**k (HBO)

Dramatic series

  • Akela Cooper - “Marvel’s Luke Cage” - Manifest (Netflix)
  • Anthony Sparks - “Queen Sugar” - By Any Chance (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • Ava DuVernay - “Queen Sugar” - First Things First (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • Joe Robert Cole - “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story - The Race Card” - (FX)
  • LaToya Morgan - “TURN: Washingtons Spies” - Benediction (AMC)

Motion picture - television

  • Alison McDonald - “An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has to Win” (Amazon)
  • Alison McDonald - “Roots (Night 2)” (History)
  • Charles Murray - “Roots (Night 3)” (History)
  • Rashida Jones and Mike Schur - “Black Mirror: Nosedive” (Netflix)
  • Rhonda Freeman-Baraka - “Merry Christmas, Baby!” (UP TV)

Motion picture - film

  • Adam Mansbach “Barry” (Black Bear Pictures and Cinetic Media)
  • Barry Jenkins “Moonlight” (A24)
  • Jeff Nichols “Loving” (Focus Features/Big Beach)
  • Nate Parker “The Birth of a Nation” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Richard Tanne “Southside With You” (Roadside Attractions)


Comedy series

  • Anton Cropper - “black-ish” - God (ABC)
  • Anton Cropper - “black-ish” - Good-ish Times (ABC)
  • Donald Glover - “Atlanta” - Value (FX)
  • Marta Cunningham - “Transparent” - Exciting and New (Amazon)
  • Melina Matsoukas - “Insecure” - Insecure as F**k” (HBO)

Dramatic series

  • Anthony Hemingway - “Underground” - The Macon 7 (WGN America)
  • John Singleton - “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: The Race Card” - (FX)
  • Millicent Shelton - “Empire” - The Lyon Who Cried Wolf (FOX)
  • Paris Barclay - “Pitch” - Pilot (FOX)
  • Sam Esmail - “Mr. Robot” - eps2.5_h4ndshake.sme (USA Network)

Motion picture - television

  • Carl Seaton - “Bad Dad Rehab” - (TV One)
  • Mario Van Peebles - “Roots (Night 2)” - (History)
  • Rick Famuyiwa - “Confirmation” - (HBO)
  • Thomas Carter - “Roots (Night 3)” - (History)
  • Vondie Curtis-Hall - “Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart” - (Lifetime)

Motion picture - film

  • Anthony Russo, Joe Russo - “Captain America: Civil War” (Marvel Studios)
  • Barry Jenkins - “Moonlight” (A24)
  • Garth Davis - “Lion” (See-Saw Films)
  • Mira Nair - “Queen of Katwe” (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Nate Parker - “The Birth of a Nation” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)


Character voiceover - television or film

  • Dwayne Johnson - “Moana” (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Idris Elba - “Finding Dory” (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Idris Elba - “The Jungle Book” (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Kevin Hart - “The Secret Life of Pets” (Universal Pictures)
  • Loretta Devine - “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

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