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NAACP honors best of year

'Debaters' leads way at Image Awards

“The Great Debaters” led the way Tuesday with eight nominations, including feature film, for the 39th NAACP Image Awards, which honor diversity in film, television, music and literature.

“Talk to Me,” “American Gangster,” “I Am Legend” and “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” are also nommed for best picture.

The CW was the big winner in the TV comedy categories, with skeins “Everybody Hates Chris” and “Girlfriends” picking up more than a dozen mentions. The TV drama category was wide open — more than 16 shows drew noms in the acting, directing and writing categories.

Up for dramatic series are “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House,” “K-Ville,” “Lincoln Heights” and “The Unit.” In comedy, “30 Rock,” “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Ugly Betty” join “Chris” and “Girlfriends” with noms.

Perry’s film and TV projects grabbed seven mentions, including his own supporting actor nom for “Why Did I Get Married?”

Up for album of the year are Alicia Keys’ “As I Am,” Chris Brown’s “Exclusive,” Kanye West’s “Graduation,” Mary J. Blige’s “Growing Pains” and Seal’s “System.”

Stevie Wonder will be this year’s inductee into the NAACP Image Awards’ hall of fame.

Kudocast will air live on Fox on Feb. 14.



Motion Picture
“American Gangster” (Universal)
“The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
“I Am Legend” (Warner Bros.)
“Talk To Me” (Focus Features)
“Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” (Lionsgate Films)

Independent or Foreign Film
“A Mighty Heart” (Paramount Vantage)
“Dirty Laundry” (Codeblack Entertainment)
“Honeydripper” (Emerging Pictures)
“My Brother” (Codeblack Entertainment)
“Persepolis” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Actor in a Motion Picture
Columbus Short – “Stomp The Yard” (Screen Gems)
Denzel Washington – “The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
Don Cheadle – “Talk To Me” (Focus Features)
Terrence Howard – “Pride” (Lionsgate Films)
Will Smith – “I Am Legend” (Warner Bros.)

Actress in a Motion Picture
Angelina Jolie – “A Mighty Heart” (Paramount Vantage)
Halle Berry – “Things We Lost In the Fire” (Dreamworks)
Jill Scott – “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” (Lionsgate Films)
Jurnee Smollett – “The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
Taraji P. Henson – “Talk To Me” (Focus Features)

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “Talk To Me” (Focus Features)
Denzel Whitaker – “The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
Forest Whitaker – “The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
Nate Parker – “The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
Tyler Perry – “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” (Lionsgate Films)

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Janet Jackson – “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” (Lionsgate Films)
Loretta Devine – “This Christmas” (Screen Gems)
Meagan Good – “Stomp The Yard” (Screen Gems)
Queen Latifah – “Hairspray” (New Line)
Ruby Dee – “American Gangster” (Universal)

“Bastards of the Party” (HBO)
“Darfur Now” (Warner Independent Pictures)
“Desert Bayou” (Cinema Libre Productions)
“Price of Sugar” (Mitropolous Films)
“Sicko” (The Weinstein Co.)


Comedy Series
“30 Rock” (NBC)
“Everybody Hates Chris” (CW)
“Girlfriends” (CW)
Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” (TBS)
“Ugly Betty” (ABC)

Actor in a Comedy Series
Donald Faison – “Scrubs” (NBC)
Dulé Hill – “Psych” (USA Network)
LaVan Davis – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
Reggie Hayes – “Girlfriends” (CW)
Tyler James Williams – “Everybody Hates Chris” (CW)

Actress in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera – “Ugly Betty” (ABC)
Golden Brooks – “Girlfriends” (CW)
Tia Mowry – “The Game” (CW)
Tichina Arnold – “Everybody Hates Chris” (CW)
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Girlfriends” (CW)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Blair Underwood – “New Adventures of Old Christine” (CBS)
Lance Gross – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
Romany Malco – “Weeds” (Showtime)
Terry Crews – “Everybody Hates Chris” (CW)
Tracy Morgan – “30 Rock” (NBC)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Keesha Sharp – “Girlfriends” (CW)
Tonye Patano – “Weeds” (Showtime)
Vanessa L. Williams – “Ugly Betty” (ABC)
Vivica A. Fox – “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (CW)

Drama Series
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
“House” (FOX)
K-Ville” (FOX)
“Lincoln Heights” (ABC Family)
“The Unit” (CBS)

Actor in a Drama Series
Anthony Anderson – “K-Ville” (FOX)
Dennis Haysbert – “The Unit” (CBS)
Hill Harper – “CSI: NY” (CBS)
Jesse L. Martin – “Law & Order” (NBC)
Jimmy Smits – “Cane” (CBS)

Actress in a Drama Series
CCH Pounder – “The Shield” (FX)
Jennifer Beals – “The L Word” (Showtime)
Nicki Micheaux – “Lincoln Heights” (ABC Family)
Regina Taylor – “The Unit” (CBS)
Wendy Davis – “Army Wives” (Lifetime)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Blair Underwood – “Dirty Sexy Money” (ABC)
James Pickens, Jr. – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Mekhi Phifer – “ER” (NBC)
Omar Epps – “House” (FOX)
Taye Diggs – “Private Practice” (ABC)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Audra McDonald – “Private Practice” (ABC)
Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Marianne Jean-Baptiste – “Without A Trace”(CBS)
Pam Grier – “The L Word” (Showtime)
S. Epatha Merkerson – “Law & Order” (NBC)

Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
The Bronx is Burning” (ESPN)
“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” (HBO)
“Five Days” (HBO)
“Life Support” (HBO)
“The List” (ABC Family)

Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Adam Beach – “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” (HBO)
Daniel Sunjata – “The Bronx is Burning” (ESPN)
Evan Ross – “Life Support” (HBO)
Wayne Brady – “The List” (ABC Family)
Wendell Pierce – “Life Support” (HBO)

Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Anika Noni Rose – “The Starter Wife” (USA Network)
Holly Robinson Peete – “Matters of Life & Dating” (Lifetime)
Queen Latifah – “Life Support” (HBO)
S. Epatha Merkerson – “Girl, Positive” (Lifetime)
Sydney Tamiia Poitier – “The List” (ABC Family)

Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Bryton McClure – “The Young And The Restless” (CBS)
Kamar de los Reyes – “One Life to Live” (ABC)
Kristoff St. John – “The Young And The Restless” (CBS)
Mykel Shannon Jenkins – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
Tobias Truvillion – “One Life to Live” (ABC)

Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Brook Kerr – “Passions” (NBC)
Christel Khalil – “The Young And The Restless” (CBS)
Nazanin Boniadi – “General Hospital” (ABC)
Tika Sumpter – “One Life to Live” (ABC)
Tracey Ross – “Passions” (NBC)

News/ Information – (Series or Special)
“American Gangster” (BET)
“American Morning Series: MLK Papers” (CNN)
“Dr. Sonja Gupta: Saving Your Life” (CNN)
“Good Morning America-Breast Cancer Mission” (ABC)
“In Conversation: The Senator Barack Obama Interview” (TVOne)

Talk – (Series)
“Judge Mathis” (Syndicated)
“Our World with Black Enterprise” (Syndicated)
“Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO)
“Tavis Smiley ‘Crisis in Darfur’” (PBS)
“The Tyra Banks Show” (Syndicated)

Reality – (Series)
“American Idol” (FOX)
“America’s Next Top Model” (CW)
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (ABC)
“Run’s House 4” (MTV)

Variety – (Series or Special)
“2007 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors” (VH1)
“An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Aretha Franklin” (Syndicated)
“BET Awards” (BET)
“Celebration of Gospel ‘07” (BET)
“Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry” (HBO)

Children’s Program

“Cory in the House” (Disney Channel)
“Dora The Explorer” (Nickelodeon)
“Go, Diego, Go” (Nickelodeon)
“High School Musical 2” (Disney Channel)
“That’s So Raven” (Disney Channel)

Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program – Series or Special
Andre Benjamin – “Class of 3000” (Cartoon Network)
Kathleen Herles – “Dora the Explorer” (Nickelodeon)
Kyle Massey – “Cory in the House” (Disney Channel)
Lil’ JJ – “Just Jordan” (Nickelodeon)
Raven-Symoné – “That’s So Raven” (Disney Channel)


Directing in a Comedy Series
Ali LeRoi – “Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Baseball” (CW)
Ken Whittingham – “The Office: Phyllis’s Wedding” (NBC)
Millicent Shelton – “Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates the Substitute” (CW)
Salim Akil – “Girlfriends: To Be Determined…It’s Been Determined” (CW)
Seith Mann – “Entourage: The Dream Team” (HBO)

Directing in a Dramatic Series
Darnell Martin – “Law & Order: CI: Bombshell” (NBC)
Kevin Hooks – “Lincoln Heights: Pilot” (ABC Family)
Paris Barclay – “CSI: Meet Market” (CBS)
Roxanne Dawson – “Heroes: Run” (NBC)
Seith Mann – “Friday Night Lights: Are You Ready For Friday Night?” (NBC)

Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
Denzel Washington – “The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
Kasi Lemmons – “Talk To Me” (Focus Features)
Preston Whitmore – “This Christmas” (Screen Gems)
Sunu Gonera – ” Pride” (Lionsgate Films)
Sylvain White – “Stomp the Yard” (Screen Gems)


Writing in a Comedy Series
Ali LeRoi – “Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Guidance Counselor” (CW)
Karen Gist – “Girlfriends: Spree To Be Free” (CW)
Mindy Kaling – “The Office: Branch Wars” (NBC)
Sara Finney-Johnson – “The Game: The Big Chill” (CW)
Silvio Horta – “Ugly Betty: A Nice Day For A Posh Wedding” (ABC)

Writing in a Dramatic Series
Janine Sherman Barrois – “ER: Breach of Trust” (NBC)
Kathleen McGhee-Anderson and Anthony Sparks – “Lincoln Heights: The Vision” (ABC Family)
Natalie Chaidez – “Heroes: The Fix” (NBC)
Shonda Rhimes – “Private Practice: In Which We Meet Addison, A Nice Girl From Somewhere Else” (ABC)
Shonda Rhimes and Krista Vernoff – “Grey’s Anatomy: A Change is Gonna Come” (ABC)

Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
John Sayles – “Honeydripper” (Emerging Pictures)
Michael Genet and Rick Famuyiwa – “Talk To Me” (Focus Features)
Richard LaGravenese – “Freedom Writers” (Paramount Pictures)
Robert Eisele – “The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
Steve Zaillian – “American Gangster” (Universal)


New Artist
Chrisette Michele (Island Def Jam)
Corbin Bleu (Walt Disney Records)
J. Holiday (Capitol)
Jordin Sparks (Jive/Zomba)
Sean Kingston (Sony)

Male Artist
Chris Brown (Jive)
Common (Geffen)
Kanye West (Island Def Jam)
Prince (Columbia Records)
Seal (Warner Bros. Records)

Female Artist
Alicia Keys (J Records)
Aretha Franklin (Arista Records/Sony BMG)
Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
Jill Scott (Hidden Beach Recordings)
Mary J. Blige (Geffen)

Duo or Group
Aretha Franklin (feat. Fantasia) (Arista Records/Sony BMG)
Bow Wow & Omarion (Columbia Records)
Eddie & Gerald Levert (Atlantic)
Sounds of Blackness (Sounds of Blackness Records)
Stephen Marley & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley (Universal Republic)

Jazz Artist
Dee Dee Bridgewater (DDB Records (UMG))
Herbie Hancock (Verve)
Kirk Whalum (Rendezvous Entertainment)
Patti Austin (Rendezvous Entertainment)
Randy Crawford & Joe Sample (PRA Records)

Gospel Artist – (Traditional or Contemporary)
Kirk Franklin (Gospocentric)
Marvin Winans (Pure Springs/EMI Gospel)
Mavis Staples (Epitaph)
Sounds of Blackness (Sounds of Blackness Records)
Yolanda Adams (Columbia Records)

World Music Album
Angelique Kidjo – “Djin Djin” (Razor & Tie)
Habib Koité – “Afriki” (Cumbancha)
Various Artists – “Putumayo Presents: World Hits” (Putumayo)
Shiko Mawatu – “Kimbanda Nzila” (Sterns)
Youssou N’Dour – “Rokku Mi Rokka” (Atlantic)

Music Video
“Beautiful Liar” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
“Just Fine” – Mary J. Blige(Geffen)
“Like You’ll Never See Me Again” – Alicia Keys (J Records)
“Show Me” – John Legend (Columbia Records)
“Stronger” – Kanye West (Island Def Jam)

“Beautiful Flower” – India Arie (Universal Republic)
“Just Fine” – Mary J. Blige (Geffen)
“Like You’ll Never See Me Again” – Alicia Keys (J Records)
“Stronger” – Kanye West (Island Def Jam)
“Umbrella” – Rihanna feat. Jay-Z (Island Def Jam)

Alicia Keys – “As I Am” (J Records)
Chris Brown – “Exclusive” (Jive)
Kanye West – “Graduation” (Island Def Jam)
Mary J. Blige – “Growing Pains” (Geffen)
Seal – “System” (Warner Bros. Records)


Literary Work – Fiction
“Blonde Faith” – Walter Mosley (Little, Brown & Company)
“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” – Junot Diaz (Penguin/Riverhead)
“Cion: A Novel” – Zakes Mda (Picador)
“Knots” – Nuruddin Farah (Penguin/Riverhead)
“New England White: A Novel” – Stephen L. Carter (Alfred A. Knopf/RH)

Literary Work – Non-Fiction
“An Unbroken Agony” – Randall Robinson (Basic Civitas Books/Perseus)
“Brother, I’m Dying” – Edwidge Danticat (Alfred A. Knopf/RH)
“Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip-Hop” – Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas Books/Perseus)
“Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond” – Don Cheadle, John Prendergast (Hyperion)
“Race and Racism in the Chinas: Chinese Racial Attitudes Toward Africans and African- Americans” – M. Dujon Johnson (Authorhouse)

Literary Work – Debut Author
“The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears” – Dinaw Mengestu (Penguin/Riverhead)
“Grace Will Lead Me Home” – Robin Givens (Hyperion)
“Like Trees, Walking” Ravi Howard (Harper Collins/ Amistad)
“A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier” – Ishmael Beah (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
“The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir” – Victoria Rowell (Harper Collins)

Literary Work – Biography/Auto-Biography
“I Got Your Back: A Father and Son Keep it Real About Love, Fatherhood, Family, and Friendship” – Eddie Levert Sr., Gerald Levert, Lyah Leflore (Broadway Books)
“My Grandfather’s Son” – Clarence Thomas (Harper Collins)
“Obama: From Promise to Power” – David Mendell (Harper Collins/Amistad)
“Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith” – Tommie Smith, David Steele (Temple University Press)
“The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir” – Victoria Rowell (Harper Collins/William Morrow)

Literary Work – Instructional
“The Covenant in Action” – Tavis Smiley (Smiley Books)
“Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success” – Russell Simmons (Penguin/Gotham)
“Get Yours!: The Girlfriends’ Guide to Having Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More” – Amy Dubois Barnett (Random House/Broadway)
“Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits” – T. D. Jakes (Simon & Schuster/Atria Books)
“This Year You Write Your Novel” – Walter Mosley (Little, Brown & Company)

Literary Work – Poetry
“Acolytes: Poems” – Nikki Giovanni (Harper Collins/William Morrow)
“Duende” – Tracy K. Smith (Gray Wolf Press)
“Eloquence: Rhythm and Renaissance” – Usi Ku (UsiKu.net)
“Quiver of Arrows” – Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
“Selected Poems” – Derek Walcott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Literary Work – Children
“A Friendship For Today” – Patricia C. McKissack (Scholastic Inc.)
“Elijah of Buxton” – Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic Inc.)
“Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals” – Ashley Bryan (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing/Atheneum)
“Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson” – Sue Stauffacher,Author; G
reg Couch, Illustrator (Random House)
“Young Pele: Soccer’s First Star – Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author; James Ransome, Illustrator (Random House)

Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Body Drama” – Nancy Redd (Penguin/Gotham)
“Center for Cartoon Studies Presents: Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow” – James Sturm, Author; Rich Tommaso, Illustrator (Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Publishing)
“Divine Confidential” – Jacquelin Thomas (Pocketbooks/Simon & Schuster)
“More Than Entertainers: An Inspirational Black Career Guide” – Charles B. Schooler, Author; Gary Young, Illustrator (Zenith Publishing)
“Shadow Speaker” – Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu (Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Publishing)

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