It’s been a big year for the NAACP, between drawing thousands to Florida to protest the handling of the investigation into Trayvon Martin’s shooting death, leading demonstrations against New York’s stop-and-frisk policy and making what some called a “return to relevance” with an endorsement of marriage equality.
But today the organization is honoring the work of others with the announcement of its contenders for the 2013 NAACP Image Awards. The ceremony will take place Feb. 1 on NBC. Flight, Django Unchained, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Red Tails and Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds will battle for outstanding motion picture. Of course, Scandal got a nod in the television category. From EURweb:
“Other nominees included outstanding actor in a motion picture contenders Denzel Washington for “Flight,” Jamie Foxx for “Django Unchained,” Morgan Freeman for “The Magic of Belle Isle,” Suraj Sharma for “Life of Pi” and Tyler Perry for “Alex Cross.”
The outstanding actress nominees are Emayatzy Corinealdi for “Middle of Nowhere,” Halle Berry for “Cloud Atlas,” Loretta Devine for “In the Hive,” Quvenzhane Wallis for “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and Viola Davis for “Won’t Back Down.”
In the outstanding supporting actor category, David Oyelowo was nominated for “Middle of Nowhere,” Don Cheadle for “Flight,” Dwight Henry for “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Lenny Kravitz for “The Hunger Games” and Samuel L. Jackson for “Django Unchained.”
The nominees for outstanding supporting actress are Amandla Stenberg for “The Hunger Games,” Gloria Reuben for “Lincoln,” Kerry Washington for “Django Unchained,” Phylicia Rashad for “Tyler Perry’s Good Deads” and Taraji P. Henson for “Think Like a Man.”