We’d like to congratulate all of the nominees that were announced at this mornings 43rd NAACP Image Awards press conference in Beverly Hills at the Paley Center for Media. The nominees were announced by Vanessa Williams, Tracee Ellis Ross, Corey Reynolds, and Craig Robinson.

Craig Robinson, Vanessa Williams, Corey Reynolds, Tracee Ellis Ross
Craig Robinson, Vanessa Williams, Corey Reynolds, Tracee Ellis Ross Photo Courtesy of NAACP Image Awards

Friday, February 17th 8 PM

Please be sure to save the date for the live show on NBC where the winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event.

ABC and CBS lead the nominees in the TV categories with 18 and 16 nominations respectively, followed by BET and HBO both with 15. In the recording category, Columbia Records leads with eight nominations, followed by Warner Bros. Records with five nominations and Elektra Records with four nominations. Dreamworks Pictures/Touchstone Pictures/Participant Media lead with eight nominations, while Focus Features and TriStar Pictures followed with seven, and Universal Pictures with five in the motion picture category.

Television Categories

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 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)

Recording Categories

Outstanding New Artist

  • Committed (Epic)
  • Diggy Simmons (Atlantic Records)
  • Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. (Columbia Records)
  • Mindless Behavior (Streamline/Conjunction/Interscope Records)
  • Wynter Gordon (Big Beat/Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Male Artist

  • Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)
  • Bruno Mars (Elektra Records)
  • Cee Lo Green (Elektra Records)
  • Chris Brown (Jive Records)
  • Common (Warner Bros. Records)

Outstanding Female Artist

  • Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
  • Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)
  • Jill Scott (Warner Bros. Records)
  • Ledisi (Verve Forecast)
  • Mary J. Blige (Geffen)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

  • Boyz II Men (Benchmark Entertainment/MSM Music Group)
  • Cee Lo Green feat. Melanie Fiona (Elektra Records)
  • Mary J. Blige feat. Drake (Geffen)
  • Sounds of Blackness (Malaco Music Group)
  • The Roots (Island Def Jam Music Group)

Outstanding World Music Album

  • “Afrodiaspora” – Susana Baca (Luaka Bop)
  • “Carnival Fever” – Brother B (King Chero Records)
  • “Live at 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival” – Boukman Eksperyans (MunckMix, Inc.)
  • “Sounds of Blackness” – Sounds of Blackness (Malaco Music Group)
  • “The First Grader” – Alex Heffes (Varese Sarabande)

Outstanding Music Video

  • “25/8” – Mary J. Blige (Geffen)
  • “Hear My Call” – Jill Scott (Warner Bros. Records)
  • “I Was Here” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
  • “Someone Like You” – Adele (Columbia Records)
  • “Where You At” – Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)

Outstanding Song

  • “Best Thing I Never Had” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
  • “Fool for You feat. Melanie Fiona” – Cee Lo Green (Elektra Records)
  • “I Smile” – Kirk Franklin (Verity Gospel Music Group)
  • “So In Love feat. Anthony Hamilton” – Jill Scott (Warner Bros. Records)
  • “Someone Like You” – Adele (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Album

  • “4” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
  • “F.A.M.E” – Chris Brown (Jive Records)
  • “I Remember Me” – Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)
  • “Lasers” – Lupe Fiasco (1st & 15th/Atlantic Records)
  • “The Light of the Sun” – Jill Scott (Warner Bros. Records)

Literature Categories

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

  • “A Silken Thread” – Brenda Jackson (Harlequin Kimani Press)
  • “Boundaries” – Elizabeth Nunez (Akashic Books)
  • “Say Amen, Again” – Reshonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books)
  • “Silver Sparrow” – Tayari Jones (Algonquin Books)
  • “The Plot Against Hip Hop: A Novel” – Nelson George (Akashic Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

  • “Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America” – Melissa Harris-Perry (Yale University Press)
  • “Super Rich” – Russell Simmons (Gotham Books)
  • “The Cosmopolitan Canopy” – Elijah Anderson (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • “The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place” – Hill Harper (Gotham Books)
  • “Who’s Afraid of Post- Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now” – Toure (Free Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

  • “2Grieve 2Gether: A Journal from the Heart Helping Survivors & Supporters Navigate the Healing Process” – Denise Hall Brown (2Lift 1Up Publishing)
  • “A Defining Moment” – Patricia Duncan (IJABA Publishing Inc.)
  • “The Loom” – Shella Gillus (Guideposts Books)
  • “The Strawberry Letter” – Lyah Le Flore (Ballantine/Random House)
  • “We the Animals” – Justin Torres (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Auto-Biography

  • “A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother” – Janny Scott (Riverhead Books)
  • “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” – Manning Marable (Penguin Group (USA)-Viking)
  • “My Song” – Harry Belafonte (Knopf)
  • “No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington” – Condoleezza Rice (Crown Publishers)
  • “The John Carlos Story” – John Carlos, Dave Zirin (Haymarket Books)

Motion Picture Categories

Outstanding Motion Picture

  • “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
  • “Pariah” (Focus Features)
  • “The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)
  • “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)

Please visit the NAACP Image Awards website at for the complete list of the 42nd NAACP Image Awards’ Nominees.

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The organization’s half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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