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‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Creed’ and ‘Concussion’ are nominated for NAACP Image Awards

"Creed," starring Michael B. Jordan, right, and Sylvester Stallone, earned multiple NAACP Image Award nominations Tuesday, including outstanding film, director and actor.

“Creed,” starring Michael B. Jordan, right, and Sylvester Stallone, earned multiple NAACP Image Award nominations Tuesday, including outstanding film, director and actor.

(Barry Wetcher / Associated Press)

“Beasts of No Nation,” “Concussion,” “Creed,” “Dope” and “Straight Outta Compton” were nominated Tuesday morning for the NAACP Image Award for outstanding motion picture of 2015.

Nominated for the lead actor in a motion picture category are Abraham Attah for “Beasts of No Nation,” Chiwetel Ejiofor for “Secret in Their Eyes,” Michael. B. Jordan for “Creed,” Michael Ealy for “The Perfect Guy” and Will Smith for “Concussion.”

Nominees in the lead actress in a motion picture category are Lauren “Keke” Palmer for “Brotherly Love,” Sanaa Lathan for “The Perfect Guy,” Teyonah Parris for “Chi-Raq,” Viola Davis for “Lila and Eve” and Zoe Saldana for “Infinitely Polar Bear.”

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Nominated in the directing category are Alfonso Gomez-Rejon for “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” Charles Stone III for “Lila and Eve,” F. Gary Gray for “Straight Outta Compton,” Rick Famuyiwa for “Dope” and Ryan Coogler for “Creed.”

Nominees for supporting actor are Ejiofor for “The Martian,” Corey Hawkins for “Straight Outta Compton,” Forest Whitaker for “Southpaw,” Idris Elba for “Beasts of No Nation” and O’Shea Jackson Jr. for “Straight Outta Compton.”

Nominated in the supporting actress category are Angela Bassett for “Chi-Raq,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw for “Concussion,” Jennifer Hudson for “Chi-Raq,” Phylicia Rashad for “Creed” and Tessa Thompson for “Creed.”

Nominees in the independent motion picture category are “Beasts of No Nation,” “Brotherly Love,” “Chi-Raq,” “Infinitely Polar Bear” and “Secret in Their Eyes.”

For nearly five decades, the NAACP Image Awards have honored the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of film, television, literature and music.

“The NAACP Image Awards has become more than just a ceremony, but an institution for artists and social justice warriors of color to be recognized and celebrated,” said Cornell William Brooks, president and chief executive of the NAACP. “As the Image Awards continues to grow and evolve, the principles of social justice will remain at its core. “

On the TV side, nominees for outstanding comedy series are “black-ish,” “House of Lies,” “Key & Peele,” “Orange Is the New Black” and “Survivor’s Remorse.”

Nominated for outstanding drama series are “Being Mary Jane,” “Empire,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Power,” and “Scandal.”

Vying for outstanding TV movie, miniseries or dramatic special are “American Crime,” “Bessie,” “Luther,” “The Book of Negroes” and “The Wiz Live!”

Nominated for entertainer of the year are Michael B. Jordan, Misty Copeland, Pharrell Williams, Shonda Rhimes and Viola Davis.

The winners of the 47th NAACP Image Awards will be announced Feb. 5 during a two-hour ceremony telecast on TV One.

Movies and TV nominees follow. For a complete list of NAACP Image Award nominees, go to https://www.naacpimageawards.net/.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Michael B. Jordan
Misty Copeland
Pharrell Williams
Shonda Rhimes
Viola Davis

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Motion Picture
“Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)
“Concussion” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
“Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)
“Dope” (Open Road Films)
“Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Abraham Attah - “Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)
Chiwetel Ejiofor - “Secret in Their Eyes” (STX Entertainment)
Michael B. Jordan - “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)
Michael Ealy - “The Perfect Guy” (Screen Gems)
Will Smith - “Concussion” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Lauren ‘Keke’ Palmer - “Brotherly Love” (Flavor Unit)
Sanaa Lathan - “The Perfect Guy” (Screen Gems)
Teyonah Parris - “Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)
Viola Davis - “Lila and Eve” (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
Zoe Saldana - “Infinitely Polar Bear” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Chiwetel Ejiofor - “The Martian” (20th Century Fox)
Corey Hawkins - “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)
Forest Whitaker - “Southpaw” (The Weinstein Company)
Idris Elba - “Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)
O’Shea Jackson, Jr. - “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Angela Bassett - “Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw - “Concussion” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
Jennifer Hudson - “Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)
Phylicia Rashad - “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)
Tessa Thompson - “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)
“Brotherly Love” (Flavor Unit)
“Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)
“Infinitely Polar Bear” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Secret in Their Eyes” (STX Entertainment)

DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding Documentary - (Film)
“Amy” (A24)
“Dreamcatcher” (Rise Films, Green Acres Films & Vixen Films in association with Impact Partners and Artemis Rising Foundation)
“In My Fathers House” (Break Thru Films)
“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” (PBS Distribution/Firelight Films)
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” (A Radical Media Production in Association with Moxie Firecracker for Netflix)

Outstanding Documentary - (Television)
“August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand” (PBS)
“Belief” (OWN)
“Kareem: Minority of One” (HBO)
“Light Girls” (OWN)
“Muhammad Ali: The Peoples Champ” (BET)

WRITING

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Alan Yang, Aziz Ansari - “Master of None” - Parents (Netflix)
Jennie Snyder Urman - “Jane The Virgin” - Chapter Twenty-Three (The CW)
Jill Soloway - “Transparent” - Kina Hora (Amazon Video)
Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Jay Martel, Ian Roberts, Rebecca Drysdale, Colton Dunn, Phil Augusta Jackson, Alex Rubens, Charlie Sanders, Rich Talarico - “Key & Peele” - Y’all Ready For This? (Comedy Central)
Kenya M. Barris - “black-ish” - The Word (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Erika Green Swafford, Doug Stockstill - “How to Get Away with Murder” - Mama’s Here Now (ABC)
John Ridley - “American Crime” - Episode 1 (ABC)
LaToya Morgan - “TURN: Washingtons Spies” - False Flag (AMC)
Lee Daniels, Danny Strong - “Empire” - Pilot (FOX)
Mara Brock Akil, Jameal Turner, Keli Goff - “Being Mary Jane” - Sparrow (BET)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture - (Television)
Dee Rees - “Bessie” (HBO)
Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo - “The Book of Negroes” (BET)
Michael S. Bandy, Eric Stein - “White Water” (TV One)
Nzingha Stewart - “With this Ring” (Lifetime)
Shem Bitterman - “Whitney” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)
Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman - “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)
Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois, Grant Thompson - “McFarland USA” (Walt Disney Pictures)
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley - “Inside Out” (Disney/Pixar)
Rick Famuyiwa - “Dope” (Open Road Films)
Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington - “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer Pictures)

DIRECTING

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari - “Master of None” - Parents (Netflix)
Brad Silberling - “Jane The Virgin” - Chapter Twenty-Three (The CW)
Don Cheadle - “House of Lies” - The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule (Showtime)
Peter Atencio - “Key & Peele” - The End (Comedy Central)
Stan Lathan - “Real Husbands of Hollywood” - Cabin Pressure (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Ernest Dickerson - “Hand of God” - Welcome the Stranger (Amazon Video)
John Ridley - “American Crime” - Episode 1 (ABC)
Lee Daniels - “Empire” - Pilot (FOX)
Millicent Shelton - “American Crime” - Episode Ten (ABC)
Salim Akil - “Being Mary Jane” - Sparrow (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)
Christine Swanson - “For the Love of Ruth” (TV One)
Dee Rees - “Bessie” (HBO)
Nzingha Stewart - “With this Ring” (Lifetime)
Rusty Cundieff - “White Water” (TV One)
Salim Akil - “The Start Up” (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture - (Film)
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon - “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (Fox Searchlight Pictures / Rhode Island Ave)
Charles Stone, III - “Lila and Eve” (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
F. Gary Gray - “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)
Rick Famuyiwa - “Dope” (Open Road Films)
Ryan Coogler - “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

ANIMATED/CGI

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance - (Television or Film)
Aisha Tyler - “Archer” (FX Networks)
Audra McDonald - “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)
Jeffrey Wright - “The Good Dinosaur” (Disney/Pixar)
Loretta Devine - “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Channel)
Wanda Sykes - “Penn Zero” (Disney XD)

TELEVISION

Outstanding Comedy Series
“black-ish” (ABC)
“House of Lies” (Showtime)
“Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher - “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)
Anthony Anderson - “black-ish” (ABC)
Don Cheadle - “House of Lies” (Showtime)
Dwayne Johnson - “Ballers” (HBO)
RonReaco Lee - “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Gina Rodriguez - “Jane The Virgin” (The CW)
Loretta Devine - “The Carmichael Show” (NBC)
Tracee Ellis Ross - “black-ish” (ABC)
Uzo Aduba - “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Wendy Raquel Robinson - “The Game” (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
David Alan Grier - “The Carmichael Show” (NBC)
Laurence Fishburne - “black-ish” (ABC)
Mike Epps - “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)
Miles Brown - “black-ish” (ABC)
Terry Crews - “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Anna Deavere Smith - “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)
Danielle Brooks - “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Laverne Cox - “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Marsai Martin - “black-ish” (ABC)
Tichina Arnold - “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

Outstanding Drama Series
“Being Mary Jane” (BET)
“Empire” (FOX)
“How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
“Power” (Starz)
“Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
LL Cool J - “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)
Morris Chestnut - “Rosewood” (FOX)
Omari Hardwick - “Power” (Starz)
Terrence Howard - “Empire” (FOX)
Wesley Snipes - “The Player” (NBC)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Gabrielle Union - “Being Mary Jane” (BET)
Kerry Washington - “Scandal” (ABC)
Nicole Beharie - “Sleepy Hollow” (FOX)
Taraji P. Henson - “Empire” (FOX)
Viola Davis - “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alfred Enoch - “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
Bryshere Y. Gray - “Empire” (FOX)
Guillermo Diaz - “Scandal” (ABC)
Joe Morton - “Scandal” (ABC)
Jussie Smollett - “Empire” (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Cicely Tyson - “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
Danai Gurira - “The Walking Dead” (AMC)
Grace Gealey - “Empire” (FOX)
Naturi Naughton - “Power” (Starz)
Regina King - “American Crime” (ABC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“American Crime” (ABC)
“Bessie” (HBO)
“Luther” (BBC America)
“The Book of Negroes” (BET)
“The Wiz Live!” (NBC)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Cuba Gooding, Jr. - “The Book of Negroes” (BET)
David Alan Grier - “The Wiz Live!” (NBC)
David Oyelowo - “Nightingale” (HBO)
Idris Elba - “Luther” (BBC America)
Michael Kenneth Williams - “Bessie” (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Angela Bassett - “American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX Networks)
Aunjanue Ellis - “The Book of Negroes” (BET)
Jill Scott - “With this Ring” (Lifetime)
LaTonya Richardson Jackson - “Show Me a Hero” (HBO)
Queen Latifah - “Bessie” (HBO)

Outstanding News/ Information - (Series or Special)
“Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm” (ABC)
“News One Now” (TV One)
“Oprah Prime: Celebrating Dr. King and the Selma Marches 50 Years Later” (OWN)
“Oprah: Where Are They Now?- Civil Rights Special” (OWN)
“Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series
“Melissa Harris-Perry” (MSNBC)
“Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)
“The Talk” (CBS)
“The Wendy Williams Show” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“The Voice” (NBC)
“Welcome to Sweetie Pies” (OWN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
“Black Girls Rock!” (BET)
“Family Feud” (Syndicated)
“Oprahs Master Class” (OWN)
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)
“The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Children’s Program
“Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)
“Dora and Friends” (Nickelodeon)
“K.C. Undercover” (Disney Channel)
“Little Ballers” (Nickelodeon)
“Project MC2" (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-series)
Hudson Yang - “Fresh Off The Boat” (ABC)
Marcus Scribner - “black-ish” (ABC)
Marsai Martin - “black-ish” (ABC)
Miles Brown - “black-ish” (ABC)
Skai Jackson - “Jessie” (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual
“Family Feud” - Steve Harvey (Syndicated)
“Melissa Harris-Perry” - Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel " - Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” - Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
“The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” - Larry Wilmore (Comedy Central)


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