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 Gotham Awards


The 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, hosted by Uma Thurman, was live streamed tonight from Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The Independent Filmmaker Project, which hands out the Gothams to “worthy independent films,” calls this the “kickoff to the film awards season”.

The big winner of the night was Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) winning Best Feature and Best Actor for Michael Keaton.   Julianne Moore won Best Actress for Still Alice. The Edward Snowden pic Citizenfour was named Best Documentary.

Trophies were handed out in six categories, plus the Audience Award, culled from the 15 nominees for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Breakthrough Director.

Streep presented the previously announced Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance, which went to Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher. Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller received a tribute during the ceremony, presented by his Capote actress and former roommate Catherine Keener. Tributes also went to Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos,

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Feature Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director; Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best Actress Julianne Moore in Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best Actor Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best Documentary CITIZENFOUR Laura Poitras, director; Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky, producers (RADiUS, Participant Media, and HBO Documentary Films)

Gotham Independent Film Audience Award Boyhood Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, producers (IFC Films)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award Ana Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (Kino Lorber)

Breakthrough Actor Tessa Thompson in Dear White People (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

Dear White People


As a young film student at Howard University, I remember fondly going to a seminar that was part of HU's Communications Conference debating the validity of Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing.  Fast forward,  just as much controversy followed John Singleton's first feature, Boyz In The Hood.  Now, Justin Simien is picking up the torch from Lee and Singleton and bringing our issue into the 21st century.

Simien, deals with the age-old issues of the "tragic mulatto" who desperately wants to fit in with her "people" through hair, dress and attitude, the darker skinned sista' desperately trying to be "white", the white boys trying to prove how "down' they are by listening to rap music, talking and dressing like street thugs and the gay boys perpetrating to be straight all just to fit in and be accepted amongst their peers.

However, when a riot breaks out on campus after a white frat throws a "black party" all these issues and the characters experiencing them have a mirror held up to their face tighter than any of them are comfortable with.

Dear White People is comical, yet poignant and Simien pays homage to Lee with some similarities from Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever, and School Daze mixed with a little throwback to Singleton's Higher Learning.  Recently, at the ida documentary screening series, Simien stated that while Lee and Singleton are definitely names he's proud to be associated with, his inspiration for scenes in DWP come from such iconic films A Clockwork Orange and Network.  Pretty deep and introspective for such a young film talent and much appreciated from an audience perspective.

Having received rave reviews and ovations this year at Sundance, Dear White People was definitely one of the hot tickets of the Los Angeles Film Festival. It was well worth the hype.  Special shout out to Producers Effie T. Brown, Stephanie Allain and Lena Waithe who made my experience at the 2014 LAFF screening  a stellar one!

Dear White People opens in a theatre near you TODAY...October 17th and nationwide on October 24th.


Film Independent President Stephanie Allain and Carla Renata

Film Independent President Stephanie Allain and Carla Renata

Dear White People Producer Effie T. Brown

Dear White People Producer Effie T. Brown

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

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