A Prayer Before Dawn
A Prayer Before Dawn will put you through the wringer and eventually make you glad you went.
Nominees for the 49th NAACP Image Awards were announced this week, with Jordan Peele's "Get Out," Malcolm D. Lee's "Girls Trip" and Reginald Hudlin's "Marshall" earning five nods apiece. Dee Rees' “Mudbound” earned nominations for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing, while its co-star, Mary J. Blige, tied with JAY-Z for the most individual nominations (both earned five). Among the first-time contenders was Tiffany Haddish, who earned nominations for “Girls Trip” and her voice work on the Comedy Central series “Legends of Chamberlain Heights.” In the motion picture categories, Universal Pictures led with 10 nominations, while Netflix and OWN led the television categories with 23 nominations and 17 nominations, respectively (RCA Records led the recording categories with 12 nominations).
"Black-ish" star Anthony Anderson will return for his fifth round as host of the two-hour telecast airing live at 8pm CST Monday, January 18th on TV One, which will be preceded by a one-hour red carpet show. Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin are once again serving as executive producers, with Tony McCuin directing. “The NAACP Image Awards is the ultimate platform for artists and individuals of color who advocate for social justice to share their voices with millions, and to be recognized and celebrated,” stated Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP, in an official statement. “At a moment where there seems to be one tragic event after another in America, the NAACP Image Awards continues to be a beacon of light to the diversity reflected in television, music, film and literature that brings everyone together.”
Joining "Get Out," "Girls Trip" and "Marshall" the Outstanding Motion Picture category was Kathryn Bigelow's "Detroit" and Dan Gilroy's "Roman J. Israel, Esq." Films nominated in the Outstanding Documentary category included Amanda Lipitz's "Step," Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis' "Whose Streets?", Nancy Buirski's "The Rape of Recy Taylor," Kasper Collins' "I Called Him Morgan" and Stanley Nelson Jr.'s "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities." HBO's "Insecure" and "Ballers" will compete against ABC's "blackish," Netflix's "Dear White People" and Starz' "Survivor's Remorse" in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, while OWN's "Greenleaf" and "Queen Sugar" will compete against Starz' "Power," NBC's "This Is Us" and WGN's "Underground" in the Outstanding Drama Series category. Vying for Entertainer of the Year are Chadwick Boseman, Chance the Rapper, Ava DuVernay, Bruno Mars, Issa Rae and JAY-Z.
“The NAACP is thrilled for another great collaboration with TV One to create a momentous evening of entertainment culminating a day of volunteer service, citizen action, and celebration on the national holiday honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as recognizing this year’s nominees for their hard work, perseverance and achievements in our community,” stated Leon W. Russell, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, we are reminded of the ageless principles of non-violence, truth and justice, humility, and service that he taught all Americans.”
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