Nominees are announced for NAACP Image Awards

IMAGE-MAKER: Tyler Perry leads the field of nominees for his work as a director and screenwriter, and for his TBS series.
IMAGE-MAKER: Tyler Perry leads the field of nominees for his work as a director and screenwriter, and for his TBS series. (Paul Hackett)
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

LOS ANGELES - Tyler Perry dominated the nominations for the NAACP's 42nd-annual Image Awards.

Perry earned 19 nods Wednesday, including best director for "For Colored Girls" and best screenplay for "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" Those films will compete alongside "Just Wright," "The Book of Eli" and "The Kids Are All Right."

Perry's TBS series, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," was nominated for best comedy series.

Janet Jackson ("Why Did I Get Married Too") is up for best actress, as are Halle Berry ("Frankie & Alice"), Kerry Washington ("Night Catches Us"), Queen Latifah ("Just Wright") and Zoe Saldana ("The Losers").

Jackson's "Married" co-star Jill Scott will compete in the best supporting actress category against "For Colored Girls" actresses Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad and Whoopi Goldberg.

Denzel Washington ("The Book of Eli") is nominated for best actor, along with Anthony Mackie ("Night Catches Us"), Common ("Just Wright"), Jaden Smith ("The Karate Kid") and Morgan Freeman ("Red").

The supporting-actor nominees are Don Cheadle ("Brooklyn's Finest"), Idris Elba ("Takers"), Justin Timberlake ("The Social Network"), Michael Ealy ("For Colored Girls") and Samuel L. Jackson ("Mother and Child").

"House of Payne" is nominated for best comedy series against NBC's "30 Rock," Fox's "Glee," ABC's "Modern Family" and TBS's "Are We There Yet?"

The best drama series contenders are TNT's "HawthoRNe," NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," HBO's "Treme" and ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7" and "Grey's Anatomy."

Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," Smokey Robinson's "Now and Then," Usher's "Raymond vs. Raymond," Sade's "Soldier of Love" and John Legend and the Roots' "Wake Up!" are the best-album nominees.

The NAACP's Image Awards, which honor diversity in the arts, will be presented March 4.

- Associated Press


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