NAACP Applauds 77th Academy Award Nominations

Black actors receive a record number of Academy nominations

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) applauds the 77th Annual Academy Awards for recognizing black actors, who received a record five nominations for their vast talent and skill.

Vicangelo Bulluck, Executive Producer NAACP Image Awards, said: "It is a great day and everyone should be proud ? not just African Americans -- but the entire creative community for recognizing these phenomenal artists."

Nominated black actors include Jamie Foxx, for best actor for his starring role in Ray and best supporting actor for Collateral; Don Cheadle, best actor for Hotel Rwanda; Morgan Freeman, best supporting actor for Million Dollar Baby; and Sophie Okonedo, best supporting actress for Hotel Rwanda.

"In celebrating the achievements of the nominated artists the NAACP maintains there is a struggle for more representation of people of color behind the scenes and below-the-line. We continue to be concerned about the lack of significant roles for women of color," says Bulluck.

The NAACP has shown its support in the push for increased opportunities for people of color in the film and television industry by holding hearings, executing agreements with studios and labor unions and publishing reports on industry problems and progress.

In 1915 the NAACP launched a nationwide protest against the showing of the movie Birth of a Nation where black people were depicted as savages. From this fight came a new genre of black filmmakers who created movies to pay tribute to the valor and ambition of the black race. To integrate more blacks into the industry, in 1942 former NAACP Executive Secretary Walter White lead a committee of black actors and private citizens in monitoring the images of African Americans on movie screens.

The NAACP's goal is to increase equal opportunity not only in the talent pool but in the corporate, executive, and production areas of the motion picture industry and network television. The organization will continue to provide ongoing critical analysis of each medium behind the camera and in decision making positions.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and privates sectors.

CONTACT: NAACP Office of Communications 410.580.5125

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