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webbanner According to Variety, the nominations for the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards were announced this morning.

“Belle,” “Beyond the Lights,” “Dear White People,” “Get On Up” and “Selma” have grabbed top film nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards.

“Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” also earned top acting noms. The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.

In the TV heat, ABC freshman “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” BET’s “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane” were among the top nominees.

Here is a full list of Image Award nominees:


Outstanding Motion Picture

  • “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
  • “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)
  • “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
  • “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
  • “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
    • Chadwick Boseman – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
    • David Oyelowo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
    • Denzel Washington – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)
    • Idris Elba – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)
    • Nate Parker – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
  • Quvenzhané Wallis – “Annie” (Columbia Pictures)
  • Taraji P. Henson – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)
  • Tessa Thompson – “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
  • Viola Davis – “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” (The Weinstein Company)Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
  • André Holland – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Cedric the Entertainer – “Top Five” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Common – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Danny Glover – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)
  • Wendell Pierce – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
  • Carmen Ejogo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Jill Scott – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
  • Octavia Spencer – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
  • Oprah Winfrey – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Viola Davis – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)


  • Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
  • “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
  • “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
  • “Half of a Yellow Sun” (monterey media inc.)
  • “JIMI: All Is By My Side” (XLrator Media)
  • “Life of a King” (Animus Films/Serena Films)DOCUMENTARYOutstanding Documentary – (Film)
  • “Documented” (Apo Anak Productions)
  • “Finding Fela” (Jigsaw Productions)
  • “I Am Ali” (Focus World/Fisheye Films)
  • “Keep On Keepin On” (RADiUS)
  • “Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of aPeople” (Chimpanzee Productions, Inc.)Outstanding Documentary – (Television)
  • “American Experience: Freedom Summer” (PBS)
  • “Bad Boys” (ESPN)
  • “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” (HBO)
  • “Rand University” (ESPN)
  • “The War Comes Home: Soledad O’Brien Reports” (CNN)


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

  • Aisha Muharrar – “Parks and Recreation” – Ann & Chris (NBC)
  • Brigette Munoz-Liebowitz – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” – Road Trip (FOX)
  • Mindy Kaling – “The Mindy Project” – Danny and Mindy (FOX)
  • Regina Hicks – “Instant Mom” – A Kids’s Choice (Nickelodeon and Nick@Nite)
  • Sara Hess – “Orange is the New Black” – It Was the Change (Netflix)Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
  • Erika Green Swafford – “How to Get Away with Murder” – Let’s Get To Scooping(ABC)
  • Mara Brock Akil – “Being Mary Jane” – Uber Love (BET)
  • Warren Leight, Julie Martin – “Law & Order: SVU” – American Disgrace (NBC)
  • Zahir McGhee – “Scandal” – Mama Said Knock You Out (ABC)
  • Zoanne Clack – “Grey’s Anatomy” – You Be Illin’ (ABC)Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie
  • Karin Gist, Regina Hicks – “Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)
  • Reggie Bythewood – “Gun Hill” (BET)
  • Sharon Brathwaite, Peres Owino – “Seasons of Love” (Lifetime Networks)
  • Shernold Edwards – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)
  • Sterling Anderson, Maria Nation – “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
  • Chris Rock – “Top Five” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Justin Simien – “Dear White People” (Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate)
  • Margaret Nagle – “The Good Lie” (Alcon Entertainment)
  • Misan Sagay – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
  • Richard Wenk – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)DIRECTINGOutstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
  • Ken Whittingham – “Parks and Recreation” – Prom (NBC)
  • Ken Whittingham – “The Mindy Project” – Think Like a Peter (FOX)
  • Linda Mendoza – “Bad Judge” – One Brave Waitress (NBC)
  • Reginald Hudlin – “Bad Judge” – Knife to a Gunfight (NBC)
  • Stan Lathan – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” – No New Friends (BET)Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
  • Anton Cropper – “Suits” – One-Two-Three Go… (USA)
  • Carl Franklin – “House of Cards” – Chapter 14 (Netflix)
  • Cary Joji Fukunaga – “True Detective” – Who Goes There (HBO)
  • Hanelle Culpepper – “Criminal Minds” – The Edge of Winter (CBS)
  • Millicent Shelton – “The Divide” – And the Little Ones Get Caught (WE tv)

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie

  • Bille Woodruff – “Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)
  • Greg Champion – “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)
  • Michael Wilson – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)
  • Reggie Bythewood – “Gun Hill” (BET)
  • Stephen Tolkin – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture
  • Amma Asante – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
  • Antoine Fuqua – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)
  • Ava DuVernay – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)
  • John Ridley – “JIMI: All Is By My Side” (XLrator Media)ANIMATED/CGIOutstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – (Television or Film)
  • Jamie Foxx – “Rio 2″ (20th Century Fox)
  • Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)
  • Morgan Freeman – “The Lego Movie” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures/Ratpac-Dune Entertainment/Lego System A/S/VertigoEntertainment/Lin Pictures)
  • Tracy Morgan – “The Boxtrolls” (Focus Features)
  • Zoe Saldana – “The Book of Life” (20th Century Fox)

2014 Toronto Film Festival


Toronto is the king of the fall festivals, with a lineup of 285 features and 108 shorts. Here are 25 films that are must-seees...


wild-reese-witherspoonWILD  -  Jean-Marc Vallee directed Matthew McConaughey to an Oscar in last year's Toronto drama "Dallas Buyers Club," and now he's made Reese Witherspoon a real contender for "Wild," based on the Cheryl Strayed memoir.


tiff-missjulieMISS JULIE -Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell star in "Miss Julie," an adaptation of the Strindberg drama from actress-turned-director Liv Ullman.

tiff-theoryofeverythingJames Marsh's "The Theory of Everything" stars Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones as his wife Jane.

Look_Of_SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer won an Oscar nomination for his chilling documentary about the Indonesian genocide, "The Act of Killing" -- and his new film, "The Look of Silence," tells another side of the same story.

tiff-rosewaterHere's what Jon Stewart did on his summer vacation from "The Daily Show" last year: He directed Gael Garcia Bernal in the true-life, Iran-set drama "Rosewater."


tiff-stvincentBill Murray makes a rare appearance in Theodore Melfi's "St. Vincent" as a cranky old man who becomes a reluctant companion to Melissa McCarthy's son.

tiff-menwomenandchildrenJason Reitman brings most of his films to his hometown of Toronto, and his cross-generational drama "Men, Women & Children" will premiere in his favorite theater, the Ryerson.

tiff-imitationgameBenedict Cumberbatch won immediate Oscar buzz when Morten Tyldum's World War II drama "The Imitation Game," about the man who broke the German Enigma code but was persecuted for being gay, premiered in Telluride.

tiff-thejudgeToronto's opening night film, David Dobkin's "The Judge," boasts the powerhouse acting combo of Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall.

tiff-50yearargumentMartin Scorsese isn't touring the mean streets with "The 50 Year Argument" -- instead, he and co-director David Tedeschi have made a documentary about the New York Review of Books.

tiff-topfiveChris Rock wrote, directed and starred in "Top Five," in which he plays a New York comic coming to terms with his life.





tiff-loveandmercyPaul Dano and John Cusak play the troubled Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson at different ages in Bill Pohlad's "Love and Mercy."

tiff-killmethreetimesBrit Simon Pegg has two films in Toronto -- "Hector and the Search for Happiness" (not pictured) and the cartoonishly brutal and funny "Kill Me Three Times," where he plays an implacable hitman.

tiff-blackandwhiteOctavia Spencer and Kevin Costner are in a custody battle in Mike Binder's "Black and White," based on experiences from the director's life.

tiff-whilewereyoungDirector Noah Baumbach ("Frances Ha") has recruited Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts to star in "While We're Young" as a middle-aged couple whose marriage is tested when they meet a younger couple.



tiff-merchantofdoubtThe business of providing naysayers on issues like climate change is uncovered by "Food, Inc." director Robert Kenner in "Merchants of Doubt."

tiff-timeoutofmind"The Messenger" director Oren Moverman's "Time Out of Mind" stars Richard Gere as a homeless man trying to reconnect with his daughter.


tiff-pawnsacrificeLiev Schreiber plays Boris Spassky and Tobey Maguire is Bobby Fischer in Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice," a film about their epic chess match.

tiff-riot"An Education" director Lone Scherfig examines the class system at Oxford in "The Riot Club," about two new recruits joining a raucous upper-crust club.

tif-tuskKevin Smith should be right at home in TIFF's Midnight Madness section with "Tusk," a dark comedy about a podcast host slowly going crazy.

tiff-cakeJennifer Aniston has a chance to show off her dramatic chops in "Cake," in which she plays a member of a chronic-pain support group investigating the suicide of a fellow member (Anna Kendrick).

tiff-thedropBelgian director Michael Roskam became a hot property after his Oscar-nominated "Bullhead," and he's made his English-language debut with "The Drop," featuring Tom Hardy and, in his final screen appearance, James Gandolfini.

tiff-songoftheseaIrish director Tomm Moore won a surprise Oscar nomination for "The Secret of Kells" in 2010, and he's back using hand-drawn animation to illustrate Irish myths in "Song of the Sea."

tiff-electricboogaloo"Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films" is the second documentary to examine the freewheeling '80s studio known for action flicks.

tiff-bovariesTwo TIFF films are based on the same Flaubert book: Sophie Barthes' period drama "Madame Bovary," with Mia Wasikowska, and Anne Fontaine's modern-day "Gemma Bovery," with Gemma Arterton.

Utopia-Fox"Utopia" (Fox), Sept. 7 at 8/7c Pioneers will begin a new civilization off-the-grid in Southern California, where they will live, survive and -- hopefully -- thrive for a full calendar year. Fox will live-stream the happenings around-the-clock.

Karyn Parsons and

photo-littleYou may know Karyn Parson as Will Smith's sister Hillary on the hit NBC sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air".  What you don't know is that Karyn has founded, which is dedicated to bringing African-American history alive through animated shorts narrated by Alfre Woodard, Queen Latifah and Chris Rock. Impressed at a young age from stories shared by her librarian Mom regarding Henry "Box" Brown ( a slave who shipped himself to freedom), she has noticed the increasingly absent history of African-Americans in our society.  Through, Karyn is taking the torch from her Mom and making sure that our history stays vibrant for many generations to come.

Her Kickstarter campaign for her next story on ballerina Janet Collins is 53% funded and ends on July 19th.  Please donate or share to the masses!!!!  Educate yourself and your little ones.

For more information go to and to donate to the kickstarted go to:


Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!