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‘Django,’ ‘Flight’ and ‘Beasts’ Top NAACP Image Awards Nominees

This year’s nominees for the NAACP Image Awards run the gamut from Quentin Tarantino’s ultra-bloody “Django Unchained” to more traditional dramatic fare like Denzel Washington’s “Flight.” While many of the noms are high profile actors like Washington, Morgan Freeman, Halle Berry and Kerry Washington, there are also quite a few indie nominations.

Art house darling “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is up for the Outstanding Independent Motion Picture award, and its tiny star Quvenzhané Wallis is up against industry stalwarts like Loretta Devine and Oscar nominee Viola Davis for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. Wallis has already snagged several awards from critics’ associations and the Breakthrough Awards at the Gothams, and few would be surprised if she shows up at the Oscars this year.

“Middle of Nowhere,” which won the Directing Award at Sundance for Ava DuVernay and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, is up for two awards for its stars Emayatzy Corinealdi (Best Actress) and David Oyelowo (Best Supporting Actor). Oscar prognosticators have thrown DuVernay and Corinealdi into the mix for possible nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Actress, respectively, especially as the film picks up speed with four noms at the Indie Spirit Awards. While it’s a shame that “Middle of Nowhere” wasn’t honored for Outstanding Motion Picture, here’s hoping we see it at Oscar time.

The full list of nominees are below. The 44th Image Awards ceremony takes place on Feb. 1, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET.

Outstanding Motion Picture

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
“Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
“Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
“Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)
“Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Denzel Washington – “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
Jamie Foxx – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
Morgan Freeman – “The Magic of Belle Isle” (Magnolia Pictures)
Suraj Sharma – “Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox)
Tyler Perry – “Alex Cross” (Summit Entertainment)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Emayatzy Corinealdi – “Middle of Nowhere” (AAFRM)
Halle Berry – “Cloud Atlas” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Loretta Devine – “In The Hive” (Eone Entertainment)
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Viola Davis – “Won’t Back Down” (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

David Oyelowo – “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)
Don Cheadle – “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
Dwight Henry – “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Lenny Kravitz – “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate)
Samuel L. Jackson – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Amandla Stenberg – “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate)
Gloria Reuben – “Lincoln” (The Walt Disney Studios)
Kerry Washington – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
Phylicia Rashad – “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” (Lionsgate)
Taraji P. Henson – “Think Like a Man” (Screen Gems)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
“Chico & Rita” (GKIDS)
“Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)
“Unconditional” (Harbinger Media Partners)
“Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day” (Codeblack)


Categories: Awards

Tags: Ava duvernay, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Denzel washington, Django Unchained, Emayatzy corinealdi, Flight, Halle berry, Jamie foxx, Loretta Devine, Middle of Nowhere, Morgan freeman, NAACP, Quvenzhané Wallis, Samuel l. jackson, Tyler perry, Viola davis

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