Two-Hour Special Airs Live Friday, February 1 on NBC

(HOLLYWOOD)-- The Directing category nominees for THE 44TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS were announced today by the NAACP.  Winners in all categories will be revealed during the two-hour star-studded event, which will air live on Friday, February 1 (8 ET live/PT tape-delayed) on NBC.   Following are the Directing category nominees:

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

• Bentley Evans: - Love That Girl – “Right Or Right Now” (TV One)
• Ken Whittingham - 30 Rock – “Queen of Jordan 2: The Mystery of the Phantom Pooper” (NBC)
• Ken Whittingham - Parks and Recreation – “How a Bill Becomes Law” (NBC)
• Millicent Shelton - Go On – “Big League Chew” (NBC)
• Stan Lathan - The Soul Man – “Pilot” (TV Land)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series

• Ernest Dickerson - Treme – “Don’t You Leave Me Here” (HBO)
• Kevin Hooks - Last Resort – “Blue on Blue” (ABC)
• Mario Van Peebles - Boss – “Backflash” (Starz)
• Paris Barclay – Smash – “The Coup” (NBC)
• Thomas Carter – The Mob Doctor- “Legacy" (FOX)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture - (Theatrical or Television)

• Anthony Hemingway – “Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)
• Benh Zeitlin – “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
• Peter Ramsey – “Rise of the Guardians" (DreamWorks Animation / Paramount Pictures)
• Tim Story - "Think Like a Man" (Screen Gems)
• Vondie Curtis-Hall - "Abducted: The Carlina White Story" (Lifetime)

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. 

To be eligible, projects must have had a national distribution date between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012. Done as a joint initiative between the NAACP Hollywood Bureau and the DGA African American steering committee, the Nominees and winners for the NAACP Image Awards directing categories are determined by a blue ribbon committee made up of DGA members.

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The organization’s half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

The 44TH NAACP Image Awards are sponsored by: FedEx, AARP, UAW/Chrysler, Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Company, Anheuser Busch, Hyundai Motors, AT&T, Southwest Airlines and Walgreens.


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