‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ and ‘Scandal’ Lead NAACP’s Image Award Noms

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has announced its nominees for the 45th annual Image Awards with “Lee Daniels' The Butler,” and hit ABC television series “Scandal,”starring Kerry Washington, coming out on top. “Scandal” garnered five nominations in three categories, including outstanding drama series. Washington is up for an outstanding actress in a drama series award for her role on the show, about a crisis management “fixer” in Washington D.C.

“Butler” is up for six categories and its actors David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Terrence Howard all nailed nominations for outstanding supporting actor in a motion picture (one of two nominations in that category for Howard, who was also recognized for his work in "The Best Man Holiday"). Lee Daniels received an outstanding directing in a motion picture nomination alongside Steve McQueen for “12 Years a Slave,” which was also tapped for outstanding motion picture. Other nominees in the same category include “Fruitvale Station” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” about the late South African political leader.

Don Cheadle is also up for an award for outstanding actor in a comedy series for his work on “House of Lies,” Oprah Winfrey for outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture for “Butler,” and “12 Years a Slave’s” Lupita Nyong’o received recognition in the outstanding supporting actress category. And Angela Bassett received three nominations for her work on TV in "American Horror Story: Coven" and "Betty & Coretta," and in the film "Black Nativity."

In addition to film and television, the Image Awards are also presented to artists in music and literature. For a full list of nominees that includes those categories, visit www.naacpimageawards.net.

The awards show will take place Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. on TV One. Red carpet show begins at 8 p.m.


Outstanding Comedy Series
"House of Lies"
"Modern Family"
"Real Husbands of Hollywood"
"The Game"
"The Soul Man"

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher - "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Cedric The Entertainer - "The Soul Man"
Don Cheadle - "House of Lies"
Dulé Hill - "Psych"
Kevin Hart - "Real Husbands of Hollywood"

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Aisha Tyler - "Archer"
Mindy Kaling - "The Mindy Project"
Niecy Nash - "The Soul Man"
Tasha Smith - "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse"
Wendy Raquel Robinson - "The Game"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Boris Kodjoe - "Real Husbands of Hollywood"
Jerry "J B Smoove" Brooks - "Real Husbands of Hollywood"
Morris Chestnut - "Nurse Jackie"
Nick Cannon - "Real Husbands of Hollywood"
Tracy Morgan - "30 Rock"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Anna Deavere Smith - "Nurse Jackie"
Brandy Norwood - "The Game"
Nia Long - "House of Lies"
Rashida Jones - "Parks and Recreation"
Sofia Vergara - "Modern Family"

Outstanding Drama Series
"Boardwalk Empire"
"Grey's Anatomy"
"The Good Wife"

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
James Pickens, Jr. - "Grey's Anatomy"
LL Cool J - "NCIS: Los Angeles"
Michael Ealy - "Almost Human"
Shemar Moore - "Criminal Minds"
Wendell Pierce - "Treme"

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson - "Grey's Anatomy"
Kerry Washington - "Scandal"
Khandi Alexander - "Treme"
Nicole Beharie - "Sleepy Hollow"
Regina King - "Southland"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Columbus Short - "Scandal"
Guillermo Diaz - "Scandal"
Jeffrey Wright - "Boardwalk Empire"
Joe Morton - "Scandal"
Michael Kenneth Williams - "Boardwalk Empire"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Archie Panjabi - "The Good Wife"
Debbie Allen - "Grey's Anatomy"
Diahann Carroll - "White Collar"
Taraji P. Henson - "Person of Interest"
Vanessa L. Williams - "666 Park Avenue"

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
"Being Mary Jane"
"Betty & Coretta"
"CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story"
"Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight"

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Chiwetel Ejiofor - "Dancing on the Edge"
Danny Glover - "Muhammad Ali's Greatest
Idris Elba - "Luther"
Malik Yoba - "Betty & Coretta"
Omari Hardwick - "Being Mary Jane"

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Angela Bassett - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Angela Bassett - "Betty & Coretta"
Gabourey Sidibe - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Gabrielle Union - "Being Mary Jane"
Keke Palmer - "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story"

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Aaron D. Spears - "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Kristoff St. John - "The Young and the Restless"
Lawrence Saint Victor - "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Redaric Williams - "The Young and the Restless"
Tequan Richmond - "General Hospital"

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Angell Conwell - "The Young and the Restless"
Christel Khalil - "The Young and the Restless"
Karla Mosley - "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Kristolyn Lloyd - "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Tatyana Ali - "The Young and the Restless"

Outstanding Performance in a Youth/ Children’s Program - (Series or Special)
China Anne McClain - "A.N.T. Farm"
Eric I. Keyes, III - "Live Life and Win!"
Fatima Ptacek - "Dora the Explorer"
Karan Brar - "Jessie"
Zendaya - "Shake It Up"


Outstanding Motion Picture
"12 Years A Slave"
"Fruitvale Station"
"Lee Daniels' The Butler"
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
"The Best Man Holiday"

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Chadwick Boseman - "42"
Chiwetel Ejiofor - "12 Years A Slave"
Forest Whitaker - "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
Idris Elba - "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom"
Michael B. Jordan - "Fruitvale Station"

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Angela Bassett - "Black Nativity"
Halle Berry - "The Call"
Jennifer Hudson - "Winnie Mandela"
Kerry Washington - "Tyler Perry Presents Peeples"
Nicole Beharie - "42"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Cuba Gooding Jr. - "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
David Oyelowo - "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
Morris Chestnut - "The Best Man Holiday"
Terrence Howard - "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
Terrence Howard - "The Best Man Holiday"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Alfre Woodard - "12 Years A Slave"
Lupita Nyong'o - "12 Years A Slave "
Naomie Harris - "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
Octavia Spencer - "Fruitvale Station"
Oprah Winfrey - "Lee Daniels' The Butler"

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
"Blue Caprice"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Fruitvale Station"
"The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete"
"The Trials of Muhammad Ali"

Outstanding International Motion Picture
"Call Me Kuchu"
"High Tech, Low Life"
"La Playa D.C."
"Lion Ark"
"War Witch"

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Erica Montolfo-Bura - "The Game" - In Treatment
Karin Gist - "House of Lies" - Sincerity is an Easy Disguise in This Business
Mara Brock Akil - "The Game" - The Blueprint I & II
Ralph Farquhar, Chris Spencer - "Real Husbands of Hollywood" - Rock, Paper, Stealers
Vincent Brown - "A.N.T. Farm" - influANTces

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Aaron Rahsaan Thomas - "Southland" - Babel
Chitra Elizabeth Sampath, Damian Kindler - "Sleepy Hollow" - Sanctuary
Janine Sherman Barrois - "Criminal Minds" - Strange Fruit
Karin Gist - "Revenge" - Mercy
Sara Hess - "Orange is the New Black" - Blood Donut

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture - (Theatrical or Television)
Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón - "Gravity"
Brian Helgeland - "42"
Danny Strong - "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
John Ridley - "12 Years A Slave"
Ryan Coogler - "Fruitvale Station"

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Anton Cropper - "House of Lies" - Sincerity Is an Easy Disguise in This Business
Eric Dean Seaton - "Mighty Med" - Saving The People Who Save People
Millicent Shelton - "The Hustle" - Rule 4080
Paris Barclay - "Glee" - Diva
Stan Lathan - "Real Husbands of Hollywood" - Rock, Paper, Stealers

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Carl Franklin - "House of Cards" - Chapter 11
Ernest Dickerson - "Treme" - Dippermouth Blues
Millicent Shelton - "The Fosters" - Clean
Regina King - "Southland" - Off Duty
Rob Hardy - "Criminal Minds" - Carbon Copy

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture - (Theatrical or Television)
Jono Oliver - "Home"
Justin Chadwick - "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
Lee Daniels - "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
Malcolm D. Lee - "The Best Man Holiday"
Steve McQueen - "12 Years A Slave"

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