*The 42nd NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced today during a live press conference from the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA — and Tyler Perry received a whopping 19.
Two of his movies, “For Colored Girls” and “Why Did I Get Married Too?,’ will compete against each other in the best film category. Also in the category: “Just Wright,” “The Book of Eli” and “The Kids Are All Right.”
Janet Jackson was nominated for best actress and Jill Scott for supporting actress for “Why Did I Get Married Too?” ‘For Colored Girls” earned Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad and Whoopi Goldberg noms for best supporting actress, and Michael Ealy for supporting actor.
Perry, who won NAACP Chairman’s Award last year, also garnered nominations for his screenplay for “Why Did I Get Married Too?” and best director for “For Colored Girls.”
His TV series, Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne,’ was nominated for best comedy; star LaVan Davis for best actor, Cassi Davis for best actress and Keshia Knight Pulliam for best supporting actress. Meet the Browns’ David Mann earned a nom for best actor as well, with Lamman Rucker and Lance Gross in as supporting actress.
Myra J. was nominated for writing for the “Meet the Racist” episode of “House of Payne.”
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 42nd NAACP Image Awards executive producer Vic Bulluck to announce the categories and nominees.
The NAACP Image Awards celebrates 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.
Below is a partial list of the nominated categories. Visit http://www.naacpimageawards.net for the complete listing.