Nominees for 42nd NAACP Image Awards Announced

The nominees for the 42nd Annual Image Awards have been announced. Actresses Kimberly Elise and Sanaa Lathan, actor/rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson, actor Columbus Short and Actor/Comedian Affion Crockett joined NAACP Image Awards chairman Clayola Brown and executive producer Vic Bulluck to announce the categories and nominees during a January 12 press conference in Beverly Hills.

Nominees for Outstanding Motion Picture include "For Colored Girls" (Lionsgate/34th Street Films), "Just Wright" (Fox Searchlight Pictures), "The Book of Eli" (Warner Bros. Pictures), "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features) and "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" (Lionsgate). Click here for the full list of nominees.

For forty-two years, the NAACP Image Awards has celebrated the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film. The awards also honor individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors during the two-hour event airing live Friday, March 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

This year, ABC and NBC lead the nominees in the TV categories, each with 18 nominations, followed by CBS and Lifetime Movie Network both with 10. In the recording category, Columbia Records leads with seven nominations, followed by J Records and Island Def Jam Music Group both with six and Epic Records with 5 nominations. Lionsgate/34th Street Films leads with seven nominations, while Fox Searchlight followed with six, and Magnolia Pictures with five in the motion picture category.

For a full list of nominees, please visit http://www.naacpimageawards.net/