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‘Eve’s Bayou’ leads Image noms with 7

Trimark’s “Eve’s Bayou” reeled in the lion’s share of nominations Thursday for the 29th NAACP Image Awards, which will be presented Feb. 13-14 in Pasadena.

“Bayou” got seven noms, including best picture, best actor (Samuel L. Jackson) and best actress (Lynn Whitfield). “Soul Food,” from Fox 2000, received six nominations, among them best picture and two for best actress (Vanessa L. Williams and Vivica A. Fox). The other best-picture nominees were “Love Jones,” “Rosewood,” “Amistad” and “Hoodlum.”

The Image Awards, founded almost 30 years ago during a meeting at the home of Sammy Davis Jr., honor positive portrayals of African-Americans in motion pictures, TV, music and literature. This year’s nominees, in 41 categories, were announced in a news conference at Planet Hollywood in Beverly Hills.

In addition to Jackson, best actor nominees are Djimon Hounsou (“Amistad”), Larenz Tate (“Love Jones”), Laurence Fishburne (“Hoodlum”) and Ving Rhames (“Rosewood”). The other best actress nominees are Nia Long (“Love Jones”) and Pam Grier (“Jackie Brown”).

In the realm of TV, outstanding comedy nominations went to “Cosby,” “Living Single,” “Moesha,” “The Gregory Hines Show” and “The Steve Harvey Show.” Hines was nominated for best comedy actor, as was Jamie Foxx (“The Jamie Foxx Show”), LL Cool J (“In the House”), Steve Harvey (“The Steve Harvey Show”) and T.C. Carson (“Living Single”). Best comedy actress nominees were Brandy (“Moesha”), Phylicia Rashad (“Cosby”), and three of the “Living Single” cast — Erika Alexander, Kim Coles and Queen Latifah.

Outstanding drama series: “413 Hope St.,” “Chicago Hope,” “ER,” “New York Undercover” and “Touched by an Angel.” Best actor in a drama series: Andre Braugher (“Homicide: Life on the Street”), Eriq La Salle (“ER”), Malik Yoba (“New York Undercover”), Richard Roundtree (“413 Hope St.”) and Yaphet Kotto (“Homicide”).

Best dramatic actresses: Della Reese (“Touched by an Angel”), Lauren Velez (“New York Undercover”), S. Epatha Merkerson (“Law & Order”), Shari Headley (“413 Hope St.”) and Vanessa Bell Calloway (“Orleans”).

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