The nominees for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced on Tuesday and the standouts among the pool of talents included, Selma, Get On Up, Black-ish, How to Get Away With Murder, and Scandal.
The buzz around Selma has been hard to ignore, which explains why it managed to garner a total of eight nominations including outstanding motion picture, outstanding actor in a motion picture (David Oyelowo) as well as supporting acting nods (Oprah got one!). Ava DuVernay was also honored with a best director nomination.
Chris Rock’s much-heralded new flick Top Five also scored two nominations. The James Brown biopic, Get On Up, secured five nominations, including outstanding motion picture, and outstanding actor in a motion picture, which went to star on the rise, Chadwick Boseman.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw got recognized for her flawless performance in Belle with her outstanding actress in a motion picture nomination. The film also scored a total of five nominations, including one for outstanding independent motion picture as well as outstanding writing and directing in a motion picture (theatrical).
Beyond the Lights and Dear White People also got recognition in the outstanding motion picture and writing and directing categories.
There was plenty to celebrate in TV land, as the top shows received their due. Black-ish, Orange is the New Black, and Scandal all walked away with six nominations.
Black-ish and Orange is the New Black will battle it out for best comedy series, best comedy actress (Tracee Ellis Ross), and best comedy supporting actress (Yara Shahidi). Anthony Anderson also received a best comedy actor nomination.
Scandal expectedly got nominated for best drama series and star Kerry Washington garnered a best drama actress nom. Viola Davis also received a best drama actress nod and How to Get Way With Murder bagged a total of five nominations, including outstanding drama series. BET’s Being Mary Jane scored four nominations in the key categories.
Overall, it was a well-rounded list that featured the usual suspects as well as refreshingly new contenders.
The 46th annual NAACP Image Awards will be showcased on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 on TV One.