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2016 NAACP Image Award Nominations (Full List Included)

The nominations for the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced on Tuesday. The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in TV, music, literature, and film and honors individuals and groups that promote social justice through creative endeavors. Nominations were announced in the categories of motion pictures, TV, recording and literature. Starting with the movie categories, it seems that Creed, the Rocky spinoff, is in the lead with 6 noms. Universal’s Straight Outta Compton is next up with 5 noms. Then there’s Netflix’s first original feature film, Beast of No Nation, tying with Amazon’s first feature film, Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq , with 4 noms. Creed, Compton, and Beasts will all face off for outstanding motion picture, alongside Sony’s Concussion (which scored 3 noms itself) and Open Road’s Dope. On the TV side, Fox drama Empire scored a leading 12 nominations, the most for any TV series, followed by ABC comedy Black-ish with 10. ABC led all networks with a total of 28 nominations, including 5 each for How to Get Away with Murder and American Crime and 4 for Scandal. Meanwhile, BET received 13, including 4 each for Being Mary Jane and Book of Negroes. HBO’s Bessie earned 5 nominations, while Netflix’s TV series collected numerous with Orange Is the New Black’s 4 and Aziz Ansari’s Master of None with 2. NBC’s recently aired live musical, The Wiz Live!, landed 2 noms, as did Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Trevor Noah and The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore.

Full List


Michael B. Jordan

Misty Copeland

Pharrell Williams

Shonda Rhimes

Viola Davis


Outstanding Motion Picture

Beasts of No Nation (Netflix)

Concussion (Sony)

Creed (Warner Bros./Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Dope (Open Road Films)

Straight Outta Compton (Universal)

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) Zoe Saldana, Infinitely Polar Bear (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation

(Netflix) Chiwetel Ejiofor, Secret in Their Eyes (STX) Michael B. Jordan, Creed

(Warner Bros./Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) Michael Ealy, The Perfect Guy (Screen Gems) Will Smith, Concussion (Sony)

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

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Angela Bassett, Chi-Raq (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions) Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Concussion (Sony) Jennifer Hudson, Chi-Raq (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions) Phylicia Rashad, Creed (Warner Bros./Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) Tessa Thompson, Creed (Warner Bros./Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

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)


Outstanding Documentary (Film)

Amy (A24) Dreamcatcher (Rise Films, Green Acres Films & Vixen Films in association with Impact Partners and Artemis Rising Foundation) In My Father’s 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)


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 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, Miniseries 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, Miniseries or Dramatic Special Cuba Gooding, 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, Miniseries 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) Oprah's 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 Miniseries)

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 Steve Harvey, Family Feud (Syndicated) Melissa Harris-Perry, Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC) Bryant Gumbel, Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (HBO) Trevor Noah, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central) Larry Wilmore, The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore (Comedy Central)


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

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: Washington's 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 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/Rhode Island Ave) Charles Stone, III, Lila and Eve (Samuel Goldwyn) F. Gary Gray, Straight Outta Compton (Universal) Rick Famuyiwa, Dope (Open Road Films) Ryan Coogler, Creed (Warner Bros./Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)


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)


Outstanding New Artist Andra Day (Warner Bros. Records) Judith Hill (NPG Records) Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records) The Weeknd (Republic Records) Yazz (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Male Artist Charlie Wilson (RCA Records) Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope) Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/I Am Other) The Weeknd (Republic Records) Tyrese Gibson (Recordz)

Outstanding Female Artist Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG) Jazmine Sullivan (RCA Records) Jill Scott (Atlantic Records) Lalah Hathaway (Hathaway Entertainment/Entertainment One) Lauryn Hill (RCA Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

"Conqueror" — Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)

"Hamilton: An American Musical" — Original Broadway Cast (Atlantic Records)

"No Sleeep" — Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

"One Man Can Change the World" — Big Sean feat. Kanye West and John Legend (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings)

"Sound & Color" — Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album BrotherLEE Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan, Terell Stafford Quintet (Capri Records) Dee Dee's Feathers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (Okeh) Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4, Miles Davis (Columbia/Legacy Recordings) The Complete Concert By the Sea, Erroll Garner (Legacy Recordings/Octave Music Publishing Corporation) The Epic, Kamasi Washington (Brainfeeder)

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

A Different Place, Kim Burrell (Shanachie Entertainment) It's Personal, Tina Campbell (Gee Tree Creative) Losing My Religion, Kirk Franklin (RCA Inspiration) The Gospel According to Jazz — Chapter IV, Kirk Whalum (Mack Avenue Records, Rendezvous, Top Drawer Records) You Shall Live, Marvin Sapp (RCA Inspiration)

Outstanding Music Video

"Can't Feel My Face" — The Weeknd (Republic Records) "Freedom" — Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/I Am Other) "No Sleeep" — Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole (Rhythm Nation/BMG) "Shame" — Tyrese Gibson (Voltron Recordz) "Sound & Color" — Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)

Outstanding Song (Traditional)

"Back Together" — Jill Scott (Atlantic Records) "Everytime I'm With You" — Seal (Reprise Records) "Feeling Good" — Lauryn Hill (RCA Records) "Goodnight Kisses" — Charlie Wilson (RCA Records) "Let It Burn" — Jazmine Sullivan (RCA Records)

Outstanding Album

Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd (Republic Records) Empire (Original Soundtrack From Season One), Empire Cast (Columbia Records) Forever Charlie, Charlie Wilson (RCA Records) Unbreakable, Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG) Woman, Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song (Contemporary) "Conqueror" — Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records) "Freedom" — Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/I Am Other) "No Sleeep" — Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole (Rhythm Nation/BMG) "Unbreakable" — Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG) "You're So Beautiful" — Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz (Columbia Records)


Outstanding Literary Work (Fiction)

Driving The King, Ravi Howard (Harpercollins/Harper) Ghost Summer: Stories,Tananarive Due (Prime Books) Mama's Boy, Reshonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books, A Division Of Simon & Schuster) Stand Your Ground, Victoria Christopher Murrary (Touchstone) Under The Udala Trees, Chinelo Okparanta (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Outstanding Literary Work (Non-Fiction) 50 Billion Dollar Boss: African American Women Sharing Stories Of Success In Entrepreneurship And Leadership, Kathey Porter (Author), Andrea Hoffman (Author), (Palgrave Macmillan) Ghettoside: A True Story Of Murder In America, Jill Leovy (Spiegel & Grau) Showdown: Thurgood Marshall And The Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America, Wil Haygood (Alfred A. Knopf) Spectacle: The Astonishing Life Of Ota Benga, Pamela Newkirk (Harpercollins/Amistad) The Light Of The World, Elizabeth Alexander (Grand Central Publishing)

Outstanding Literary Work (Debut Author)

Between The World And Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau)

The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma (Little, Brown & Company)

The Star Side Of Bird Hill, Naomi Jackson (Penguin Press)

The Turner House, Angela Flournoy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The Wind In The Reeds: A Storm, A Play And The City That Could Not Be Broken, Wendell Pierce (Author), Rod Dreher (Author), (Riverhead Books)

Outstanding Literary Work (Biography/ Auto-Biography)

After the Dance: My Life With Marvin Gaye, Jan Gaye (Author), David Ritz (With), (HarperCollins/Amistad)

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau)

One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York, Arthur Browne (Beacon Press)

Power Forward: My Presidential Education, Reggie Love (Simon & Schuster)

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, Shonda Rhimes (Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work (Instructional)

Big Words to Little Me: Tips and Advice for the Younger Self, Sakina Ibrahim (Author), Jessie Lee (With), (Create Space, Self-published)

Free Your Mind: An African-American Guide to Meditation and Freedom, Cortez R. Rainey (Create Space)

Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories, Jocelyn Delk Adams (Agate Surrey)

Keep Calm ... It's Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide to Buying a Home, Egypt Sherrod (Perseus/Running Press)

Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family, Alice Randall (Author), Caroline Randall Williams (Author), (Clarkson Potter)

Outstanding Literary Work (Poetry)

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Ross Gay (University of Pittsburgh Press)

How to Be Drawn, Terrance Hayes (Penguin Books / Penguin Random House)

Reconnaissance, Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Redbone, Mahogany L. Browne (Willow Books)

Wild Hundreds, Nate Marshall (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Outstanding Literary Work (Children)

Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts, Nikki Grimes (Author), Michele Wood (Illustrator), (Orchard Books / Scholastic)

Gordon Parks

How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, Carole Boston Weatherford (Author), Jamey Christoph (Illustrator), (Albert Whitman & Company)

Granddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box, Michael S. Bandy (Author), Eric Stein (Author), James E. Ransome (Illustrator), (Candlewick Press)

If You Plant a Seed, Kadir Nelson (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

New Shoes, Susan Lynn Meyer (Author), Eric Velasquez (Illustrator), (Holiday House)

Outstanding Literary Work (Youth/Teens)

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound, Andrea Davis Pinkney (Roaring Brook Press)

Stella by Starlight, Sharon Draper (Simon & Schuster)

Untwine, Edwidge Danticat (Scholastic Press)

X: A Novel, Ilyasah Shabazz (Author), Kekla Magoon (With), (Candlewick Press)

You Are Wonderfully Made: 12 Life-Changing Principles for Teen Girls to Embrace, Gwen Richardson (Author), Sylvia Daye Richardson (Author), (Cush City Communications)


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