The 2012 NAACP Image Awards has announced its nominees in movie on Thursday, January 19. The civil-rights era drama "The Help" leads the pack with eight nods, including the Outstanding Motion Picture, Director and Writer. Its stars, Emma Stone and Viola Davis, are nominated in Outstanding Actress category, while Bryce Dallas Howard, Cicely Tyson and Octavia Spencer are up for Outstanding Supporting Actress award.
Another film which also grabs multiple nominations is "Pariah". The indie drama will compete with "The Help", "Jumping the Broom" and "The First Grader" in the Outstanding Motion Picture category. Additionally, the Dee Rees-directed film collects the noms for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture, Outstanding Actress for Adepero Oduye, as well as Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress for Charles Parnell and Kim Wayans respectively.
Meanwhile, "Tower Heist" is surprisingly nominated for the Outstanding Motion Picture category. The comedy movie also brings one of its lead actors, Eddie Murphy, as the nominee of Outstanding Actor. The funnyman will have to compete with Vin Diesel ("Fast Five"), Laurence Fishburne ("Contagion"), Oliver Litondo ("The First Grader") and Laz Alonso ("Jumping the Broom).
Other nominees in movie field include Zoe Saldana who bags the Outstanding Actress nom for her role in "Colombiana", and Maya Rudolph who receives the Outstanding Supporting Actress nomination for her performance in "Bridesmaids". Angelina Jolie is also nominated for Outstanding Director for her work in "In the Land of Blood and Honey", which is also up for Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture award.
Aside from the movie nominees, the 2012 NAACP Awards reveals the nominations in TV, music and literature. "Grey's Anatomy" and "The Game" lead the pack in TV nominations, while Beyonce Knowles and Mary J. Blige are among the shining names in music nominations.
The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners of the NAACP Awards will be announced during a ceremony on February 17. The show will be broadcast live at 8 P.M. ET on NBC.
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