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Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 01/19/2012

The NAACP Image Awards’ most awkward nomination is . . .


(DreamWorks via AP)

The nominations for this year’s NAACP Image Awards — which celebrate the “outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts” — were announced today, with unsurprising nods for movies like “The Help” and musical artists like Beyonce.

Understandably, the vast majority of nominees are African-American since, as the aforementioned official description explains, these awards were created to recognize people of color. But a few white stars also made the cut since — as the Image Awards official tag­line notes — this is a “multi-cultural awards show.”

And one of those multicultural nominees stands out for having the most potential to make a really awkward acceptance speech if she wins. And that nominee is . . .

. . . Bryce Dallas Howard. Yes, the woman who played the most racist character in 2011 cinema is in the decidedly weird position of being nominated for an NAACP Image Award for best supporting actress. Her competition: Maya Rudolph (“Bridesmaids”), Kim Wayans (“Pariah”) and two of her “Help” co-stars, Cicely Tyson and Octavia Spencer.

It seems highly unlikely that she will win; Spencer pretty much has this locked up. But if Spencer loses and Howard wins? Well, all I can say to Howard is: Do not, under any circumstances, eat any pie that Octavia Spencer offers you, no matter how savory and delicious it might look.

Honestly, what would Howard even say if she did win?

“Thank you so much. I just want to be clear that I do not believe in bathroom segregation. That was just my character.”

At the very least, she may have to show up wearing a sash that says: “I am not a bigot in real life. Seriously. I swear.”

Read the list of all the NAACP Image Awards nominees to find out who else landed a nomination. The ceremony airs Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Categories:  Movies | Tags:  Awards Season

 
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