‘Ray,’ Usher lead Image noms

Foxx picks up NAACP nominations

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“Ray” and Usher both have something to sing about, drawing the most nominations Wednesday for the 36th annual NAACP Image awards.

Jamie Foxx received three acting noms, one each for his work in “Ray,” “Collateral” and the miniseries “Redemption.” “Ray” picked up seven total nominations: picture, actor (Jamie Foxx), actress (Kerry Washington), supporting actor (C.J. Sanders, Clifton Powell) and supporting actress (Regina King, Sharon Warren).

“Hotel Rwanda” picked up three noms, including one for lead actor Don Cheadle, who was also nominated for his role in “Ocean’s Twelve.”

In the recording category, Usher and his “Confessions” received the most noms with five: male artist for “Confessions”; musicvideo for “My Boo” with Alicia Keys and for “Yeah!” with Lil Jon and Ludacris; song for “Yeah!”; and album for “Confessions.”

The category also honored Keys, “American Idol’s” Fantasia Barrino, Patti LaBelle, Ray Charles and Gladys Knight.

UPN Network shows “Half & Half” and “Girlfriends” were popular picks in the network television categories, as were “The Bernie Mac Show” (Fox) and “My Wife and Kids” (ABC), each picking up multiple noms. UPN drew 14 overall.

This year’s Hall of Fame award will be presented to Oprah Winfrey, who, according to Julian Bond, chairman of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People board of directors, “has set the standard for achievement.”

The awards will be taped March 19 at L.A.’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and broadcast March 25 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

And the nominees are…


Television Comedy
Outstanding Comedy Series

“The Bernie Mac Show (FOX)
“Chappelle’s Show (Comedy Central)
“Girlfriends (UPN)
“Half & Half (UPN)
“My Wife and Kids (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Bernie Mac – “The Bernie Mac Show”
Damon Wayans – “My Wife and Kids”
Dave Chappelle – “Chappelle’s Show”
Flex Alexander – “One on One”
George Lopez – “George Lopez”

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Eve Jeffers – “Eve”
Kellita Smith – “The Bernie Mac Show”
Mo’Nique – “The Parkers”
Tisha Campbell Martin – “My Wife and Kids”
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Girlfriends”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Blair Underwood – “Sex and the City”
Chico Benymon – “Half & Half”
Donald Faison – “Scrubs”
Dorien Wilson – “The Parkers”
Reggie Hayes – “Girlfriends”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Camille Winbush – “The Bernie Mac Show”
Essence Atkins – “Half & Half”
Telma Hopkins – “Half & Half”
Valarie Pettiford – “Half & Half”
Wanda Sykes – “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Television Drama:

Outstanding Drama Series

“ER” (NBC)
“Kevin Hill” (UPN)
“Law & Order” (NBC)
“Soul Food” (Showtime)
“The Wire” (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Gary Dourdan – “CSI”
Hill Harper – “CSI: NY”
Jesse L. Martin – “Law & Order”
Steve Harris – “The Practice”
Taye Diggs – “Kevin Hill”

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Malinda Williams – “Soul Food”
Nia Long – “Third Watch”
Nicole Ari Parker – “Soul Food”
Vanessa Williams – “Soul Food”
Vivica A. Fox – “Missing”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Darrin Dewitt Henson – “Soul Food”
Dul Hill – “The West Wing”
Ddris Elba – “The Wire”
Mekhi Phifer – “ER”
Omar Epps – “House”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Diahann Carroll – “Soul Food”
Jasmine Guy – “Dead Like Me”
Khandi Alexander – “CSI: Miami”
Pam Grier – “The L Word”
Sonja Sohn – “The Wire”

Television Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special:

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special

“Crown Heights” (Showtime)
“Justice” (Starz)
“Redemption” (FX)
“Something the Lord Made” (HBO)
“Walking on Sunshine” (BET)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special

Dule Hill – “10.5”
Flex Alexander – “Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story”
Jamie Foxx – “Redemption”
Mos Def – “Something the Lord Made”
Wayne Brady – “Going to the Mat”

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special

Gabrielle Union – “Something the Lord Made”
Keke Palmer – “The Wool Cap”
Lynn Whitfield – “Redemption”
Tangi Miller – “Phantom Force”
Tyra Ferrell – “NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323”

Television Daytime Drama:

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series

Bryton McClure – “The Young & the Restless”
Keith Hamilton Cobb – “The Young & the Restless”
Kristoff St. John – “The Young & the Restless”
Michael B. Jordan – “All My Children”
Shemar Moore – “The Young & the Restless”

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series

Christel Khalil – “The Young & the Restless”
Marla Gibbs – “Passions”
Tonya Lee Williams – “The Young & the Restless”
Tracey Ross – “Passions”
Victoria Rowell – “The Young & The Restless”

Television News, Talk, or Information:

Outstanding Television News, Talk, or Information (Series or Special)

“60 Minutes: The Murder of Emmett Till” (CBS)
“Beah: A Black Woman Speaks” (HBO)
“Brown vs. Board of Education Anniversary” (Court TV)
“Judge Mathis” (Syndicated)
“Tavis Smiley” (PBS)

Television Variety Programming:
Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

“American Idol III” (FOX)
“Chris Rock: “Never Scared” Comedy Special” (HBO)
“Dave Chappelle: For What It’s Worth” (Showtime)
“Genius: A Night for Ray Charles” (CBS)
“Russell Simmons Presents: Def Poetry” (HBO)

Television Youth or Childrens’ Series/ Special:

Outstanding Performance in a Youth/ Childrens’ Series/ Special

Jo Marie Payton – “The Proud Family”
Kyla Pratt – “The Proud Family”
LeVar Burton – “Reading Rainbow”
Raven Symone – “That’s So Raven”
Tommy Davidson – “The Proud Family”


Outstanding Motion Picture

“Collateral” (Dreamworks)
“Fahrenheit 9/11” (Lions Gate)
“Hotel Rwanda” (MGM/ UA)
on Fire”
(20th Century Fox)
“Ray” (Universal)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Denzel Washington – “Man on Fire”
Don Cheadle – “Hotel Rwanda”
Jamie Foxx – “Ray”
Mario Van Peebles – “Baadasssss!”
Will Smith – “I, Robot”

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Angela Bassett – “Mr. 3000”
Gabrielle Union – “Breakin’ All the Rules”
Irma P. Hall – “The Ladykillers”
Kerry Washington – “Ray”
Kimberly Elise – “Woman Thou Art Loosed”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

C.J. Sanders – “Ray”
Clifton Powell – “Ray”
Don Cheadle – “Ocean’s Twelve”
Jamie Foxx – “Collateral”
Morgan Freeman – “Million Dollar Baby”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Jada Pinkett Smith – “Collateral”
Loretta Devine – “Woman Thou Art Loosed”
Regina King – “Ray”
Sharon Warren – “Ray”
Sophie Okonedo – “Hotel Rwanda”


Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

“Birth of a Nation” – Aaron McGruder, Reginald Hudlin
“Drive Me Crazy” – Eric Jerome Dickey
“Ida B.” – Karen E. Quinones Miller
“Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart” – Alice Walker
“Woman, Thou Art Loosed! The Novel” – Bishop T. D. Jakes

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

“America Behind the Color Line” – Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“Children of the Movement” – John Blake
“Evolution of a Revolutionary: Afeni Shakur” – Jasmine Guy
“God Has a Dream” – Desmond Tutu
“Hallelujah! The Welcome Table” – Maya Angelou

Outstanding Literary Work – Childrens’

“The 1963 Civil Rights March” – Scott Ingram
“African Princess” – Joyce Hanson
“Ellington was not a street” – Ntozake Shange
“Langston’s Train Ride” – Robert Burleigh
“Maya’s World: Angelina of Italy” – Maya Angelou


Outstanding New Artist

Fantasia – “Free Yourself”
John Legend – “Get Lifted”
Kanye West – “College Dropout”
Mario Winans – “Hurt No More”
Van Hunt – “Van Hunt”

Outstanding Male Artist

Anthony Hamilton – “Comin From Where I’m From” (Charlene)
Jay-Z – “The Black Album” (99 Problems)
Mos Def – “The New Danger”
Prince – “Musicology”
Usher – “Confessions”

Outstanding Female Artist

Fantasia – “Free Yourself”
Janet Jackson – “Damita Jo”
Jill Scott – “Beautifully Human”
Patti LaBelle – “Timeless Journey”
Queen Latifah – “The Dana Owens Album”

Outstanding Duo or Group

Destiny’s Child – “Destiny Fulfilled”
New Edition – “One Love”
The O’Jays – “Imagination”
Ray Charles & Gladys Knight – “Genius Loves Company”
The Roots – “The Tipping Point”

Outstanding Jazz Artist

Al Jarreau – “Accentuate the Positive”
Gerald Albright – “Kickin’ it Up”
Nancy Wilson – “RSVP” (Rare Songs, Very Personal)
Regina Belle – “Lazy Afternoon”
Wynton Marsalis Quartet – “The Magic Hour”

Outstanding Gospel Artist (Traditional or Contemporary)

Ben Harper & The Blind Boys of Alabama – “There Will Be a Light”
Bishop Eddie Long – “Spirit & Truth”
Fred Hammond – “Somethin’ ‘Bout Love”
Kierra “Kiki” Sheard – “I Owe You”
Smokie Norful – “Nothing Without You”

Outstanding Music Video
Alicia Keys – “If I Ain’t Got You”

Jill Scott – “Golden”
Kanye West – “Jesus Walks”
Usher & Alicia Keys – “My Boo”
Usher featuring Lil’ Jon & Ludacris – “Yeah!”

Outstanding Song

“Charlene” – Anthony Hamilton
“Golden” – Jill Scott
“If I Ain’t Got You” – Alicia Keys
“Jesus Walks” – Kanye West
“Yeah!” – Usher featuring Lil’ Jon & Ludacris

Outstanding Album

“College Dropout” – Kanye West
“Confessions” – Usher
“The Dana Owens Album” – Queen Latifah
“Destiny Fulfilled” – Destiny’s Child

“Musicology” – Prince

Outstanding Independent or Foreign Film
“Baadasssss!” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“House of Flying Daggers” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Maria Full of Grace” (Fine Line Features)
“Moolaade” (New Yorker Films)
“Woman Thou Art Loosed” (Magnolia Pictures)