The 52nd NAACP Image Awards that celebrates Black excellence in film, television literature and music, officially announced the nominees this week on the NAACP Image Awards’ Instagram.

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Announcing the nominations were Anika Noni-Rose Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey; Chloe Bailey of Grown-ish; Erika Alexander in John Lewis: Good Trouble; Nicco Annan in P-Valley, and TC Carson of Living Single.

The popular Netflix holiday movie Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey earned 10 nominations, the most of any film. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and the animated movie Soul were both nominated for nine nominations each. Da 5 Bloods and Sylvie’s Love both received five nods each and getting four nominations each were One Night in Miami, The Banker and Hamilton, the filmed version of the hit Broadway musical.

Jingle Jangle
Jingle Jangle
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Other multiple nominations included Insecure and Lovecraft Country.

Nominated in the NAACP Outstanding Motion Picture category are Bad Boys For Life, Da 5 Bloods, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and One Night In Miami.

“…popular Netflix holiday movie Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey earned 10 nominations”

Regina King, who won an Academy Award in 2019, has been creating some Oscar buzz with her feature film directorial debut in One Night in Miami, which earned four nominations. The Amazon Studios film tells the story of a meeting between Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke in a hotel room that turned into a discussion about their roles in the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Read our feature on Regina King talking about One Night In Miami

Competing in the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture category are Anthony Mackie in The Banker, Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Delroy Lindo in Da 5 Bloods, Forest Whitaker in Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey and Will Smith for Bad Boys For Life.

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020): Viola Davis as Ma Rainey. Cr. David Lee / Netflix

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture include Aldis Hodge, One Night In Miami, Chadwick Boseman Da 5 Bloods, Clarke Peters in Da 5 Bloods, Colman Domingo Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Glynn Turman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture are Issa Rae in The Photograph, Janelle Monáe in Antebellum, Madalen Mills Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Tracee Ellis Ross in The High Note and Viola Davis Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and the animated movie Soul were both nominated for nine nominations each.

Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture are Anika Noni Rose in Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Gabourey Sidibe in Antebellum, Nia Long in The Banker, Phylicia Rashad in Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, and Taylour Paige in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

It was great to see DJ D-Nice, who hosted a virtual dance party that lifted viewer’s spirits during the pandemic, nominated in the Entertainer of the Year award category.

In The Long Run
In the Long Run
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A small contingent of Brits managed to score nominations. Idris Elba received a nomination for In The Long Run within the Outstanding Actor In a Comedy Series category. Regé-Jean Page was nominated in the Outstanding Actor In a Drama Series for his smouldering portrayal of Duke Simon Bassett in Bridgerton, as did the amazing Adjoa Andoa who received a nod in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Lady Danbury in Bridgerton, which also appeared in the Outstanding Drama Series category.

A small contingent of Brits managed to score nominations.

Unlike the Golden Globes, the NAACP recognised the talent of Michaela Coel, giving her a nomination in the Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special category for her work in I May Destroy You, notably alongside Octavia Spencer for Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Tessa Thompson for Sylvie’s Love.

Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha in “Sylvie’s Love.”
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It was also wonderful to see a recent Melan interviewee Folake Olowofoyeku from Bob Hearts Abishola in the category for Outstanding Actress In a Comedy Series, along with Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina Hall, to name a few.

Beyonce received the most nominations of any artist in the music recording categories within music, scoring six nominations in the recording categories, including two for outstanding music video/visual album with Black is King and Brown Skin Girl followed by Alicia Keys, Chloe x Halle and H.E.R. who nabbed four nominations apiece.

The awards will air on BET on 27 March at 8pm EST.

See the full nominations list here.


This article was written by Shirley Hawkins

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