Nominees for the upcoming 45th NAACP Image Awards were announced Thursday, January 9. In movie category, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" dominates the pack with a total of eight nominations, "12 Years a Slave" follows close behind with seven and "Fruitvale Station" with five.
In term of the nods garnered by movie studios, The Weinstein Company leads with 17 nominations, thanks to "The Butler", "Fruitvale Station" and the four nods collected by "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom". Fox Searchlight Pictures follows with seven, thanks to "12 Years a Slave".
Those four films are vying for Outstanding Motion Picture along with Universal's "The Best Man Holiday". Each of the lead actors from the four movies, Forest Whitaker, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan and Idris Elba, is additionally pitted against one another to win the title of Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. The other contender in the category is "42" star Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman's co-star Nicole Beharie is nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. She is facing off Angela Bassett ("Black Nativity"), Halle Berry ("The Call"), Jennifer Hudson ("Winnie Mandela"), and Kerry Washington ("Tyler Perry Presents Peeples").
David Oyelowo ("Lee Daniels' The Butler"), who is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, helped announce the nominees during the TCA Press Tour in Pasadena, CA. along with Joe Morton ("Scandal"), Keke Palmer ("Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story"), Bresha Webb ("Love That Girl") and Gina Torres ("Suits").
Continuing its annual tradition to celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, the NAACP Awards will announce the winners on February 22.
Outstanding Motion Picture: