The 49th NAACP Image Awards Reveal Nominees! Halle Berry Nominated for Kidnap

49th NAACP Image Awards 2018 Nominees

The nominees for the 49th NAACP Image Awards have been revealed. Halle Berry has a nomination for her role in Kidnap. Netflix and OWN have the lead in the television sections.

Celebrating people of color in television, film, music, and literature, the 49th NAACP Image Awards are set for January 15, 2018. The event will air live on TV One on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. It will be hosted by Anthony Anderson.

According to Leon W. Russell, the chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, the Image Awards will be “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. 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.”

Derrick Johnson, the President, and CEO of the NAACP called the Image Award “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. 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.”

I’m glad to see Halle Berry getting a nomination for her lead role in Kidnap (a fun film I’ve reviewed). I also got to interview actress Chris McGinn who plays the movie’s female villain. Grossing $32.2 million at the global box office, Kidnap is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital.

Here are some of the 49th NAACP Image Awards nominees:

  • Entertainer of the Year
    • Ava DuVernay
    • Bruno Mars
    • Chadwick Boseman
    • Chance the Rapper
    • Issa Rae
    • JAY-Z
  • Outstanding Comedy Series
    • “Ballers” (HBO)
    • “black-ish” (ABC)
    • “Dear White People” (Netflix)
    • “Insecure” (HBO)
    • “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)
  • Outstanding Drama Series
    • “Greenleaf” (OWN)
    • “Power” (Starz)
    • “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
    • “This Is Us” (NBC)
    • Underground” (WGN America)
  • Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
    • Jurnee Smollett-Bell – “Underground” (WGN America)
    • Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)
    • Rutina Wesley – “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
    • Taraji P. Henson – “Empire” (FOX)
    • Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
  • Outstanding Children’s Program
    • “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)
    • “Free Rein” (Netflix)
    • “Nella the Princess Knight” (Nickelodeon)
    • “Project Mc²” (Netflix)
    • “Raven’s Home” (Disney Channel)
  • Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
    • “Little Fires Everywhere” – Celeste Ng (Penguin Random House)
    • “No One Is Coming to Save Us” – Stephanie Powell Watts (HarperCollins Publishers)
    • “Sing, Unburied, Sing” – Jesmyn Ward (Simon and Schuster)
    • “The Annotated African American Folktales” – Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Author), Maria Tatar (Author) (Liveright Publishing Corporation)
    • “The Wide Circumference of Love” – Marita Golden (Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.)
  • Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
    • “Black Detroit – A People’s History of Self-Determination” – Herb Boyd (HarperCollins Publishers)
    • “Chokehold: Policing Black Men” – Paul Butler (The New Press)
    • “Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies” – Dick Gregory (HarperCollins Publishers)
    • “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas” – Adrian Miller (University of North Carolina Press)
    • “We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy” – Ta-Nehisi Coates (Random House)
  • Outstanding Literary Work – Youth / Teens
    • “Allegedly” – Tiffany D. Jackson (HarperCollins Publishers)
    • “Clayton Byrd Goes Underground” – Rita Williams-Garcia (Author), Frank Morrison (Illustrator) (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers)
    • “Long Way Down” – Jason Reynolds (S&S Children’s Publishing)
    • “Solo” – Kwame Alexander (Author), Mary Rand Hess (With) (Blink)
    • “The Hate U Give” – Angie Thomas (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Outstanding Motion Picture
    • “Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)
    • “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)
    • “Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)
    • “Marshall” (Open Road Films)
    • “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
  • Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
    • Amandla Stenberg – “Everything, Everything” (Warner Bros. Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)
    • Danai Gurira – “All Eyez on Me” (Summit Entertainment)
    • Halle Berry – “Kidnap” (Aviron Pictures)
    • Natalie Paul – “Crown Heights” (Amazon Studios)
    • Octavia Spencer – “Gifted” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance
    • David Oyelowo – “The Lion Guard” (Disney Junior)
    • Kerry Washington – “Cars 3” (Disney/Pixar)
    • Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Channel)
    • Tiffany Haddish – “Legends of Chamberlain Heights” (Comedy Central)
    • Yvette Nicole Brown – “Elena of Avalor” (Disney Junior)

You can check out the complete list of nominees at Deadline.

Feel free to share your thoughts about the 49th NAACP Image Awards nominees with us. Are there any favorites that you think should win? Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Masters in Psychology and an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Arousing the Legacy, Missing in Somerville, The Game Master of Somerville, and The Escaped Murderer of Somerville. He gives us insight on comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.



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