Wednesday, January 07, 2009


The 40th NAACP Image Awards nominees were announced today during a press conference at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Corbin Bleu, Audra McDonald, Keke Palmer, Nate Parker and Regina Taylor joined NAACP Image Awards Committee Chair, Clayola Brown, and Vicangelo Bulluck, Executive Producer of the telecast, to announce the categories and nominees. The 40th NAACP Image Awards will air live on Thursday, February 12 (8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT Tape-delayed) on FOX.

Academy Award-winner Halle Berry and acclaimed screenwriter/actor Tyler Perry, both recipients of an NAACP Image Award, will host the 40TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, broadcast live from Los Angeles' historic Shrine Auditorium. This star-studded event, which coincides with the NAACP's 100th anniversary, will kick off the organization's year-long centennial celebration. Previously announced honorees include Former Vice President Al Gore and Dr. Wangari Maathai, who will both receive the Chairman's Award.

Click below to see the list.


Outstanding Comedy Series
· "30 Rock" (NBC)
· "Everybody Hates Chris" (CW)
· "The Game" (CW)
· "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS)
· "Ugly Betty" (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
· Donald Faison - "Scrubs" (NBC)
· LaVan Davis - "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS)
· Paul James - "Greek" (ABC Family)
· Terry Crews - "Everybody Hates Chris" (CW)
· Tyler James Williams - "Everybody Hates Chris" (CW)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
· America Ferrera - "Ugly Betty" (ABC)
· Cassi Davis - "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS)
· Tia Mowry - "The Game" (CW)
· Tichina Arnold - "Everybody Hates Chris" (CW)
· Tracee Ellis Ross - "Girlfriends" (CW)

Outstanding Drama Series
· "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
· "House" (FOX)
· "Lincoln Heights" (ABC Family)
· "The Unit" (CBS)
· "The Wire" (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
· Anthony Anderson - "Law & Order" (NBC)
· Blair Underwood - "In Treatment" (HBO)
· Dennis Haysbert - "The Unit" (CBS)
· Hill Harper - "CSI: NY" (CBS)
· Omar Epps - "House" (FOX)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
· CCH Pounder - "The Shield" (FX)
· Chandra Wilson - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
· Loretta Divine - "Eli Stone" (ABC)
· Nicki Micheaux - "Lincoln Heights" (ABC Family)
· Wendy Davis - "Army Wives" (Lifetime)


Outstanding New Artist
· Anthony David (Soulbird/Universal Republic)
· Estelle (Atlantic/Homeschool)
· Jazmine Sullivan (J Records)
· Jennifer Hudson (Arista)
· Leona Lewis (J Records/Syco)

Outstanding Male Artist
· Chris Brown (Jive/Zomba)
· Common (G.o.o.d. Music/Geffen Records)
· Jamie Foxx (J Records)
· John Legend (Columbia Records)
· ( Music Group/Interscope Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
· Alicia Keys (J Records)
· BeyoncĂ© (MusicWorld/Columbia Records)
· Jennifer Hudson (Arista)
· Mariah Carey (Island Def Jam)
· Rihanna (Island Def Jam)

Outstanding Album
· BeyoncĂ© - "I Am...Sasha Fierce" (MusicWorld/Columbia Records)
· Jennifer Hudson - "Jennifer Hudson" (Arista)
· Kanye West - "808 & Heartbreaks" (Island Def Jam)
· Ne-Yo - "Year of the Gentleman" (Island Def Jam)
· Seal - "Soul" (Warner Bros. Records)


Outstanding Motion Picture
· "Cadillac Records" (Sony Music Film/Parkwood Pictures)
· "Miracle at St. Anna" (Touchstone Pictures)
· "The Secret Life of Bees" (Fox Searchlight)
· "Seven Pounds" (Columbia Pictures)
· "Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys" (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
· Derek Luke - "Miracle at St. Anna" (Touchstone Pictures)
· Don Cheadle - "Traitor" (Overture Films)
· Jeffrey Wright - "Cadillac Records" (Sony Music Film/Parkwood Pictures)
· Rob Brown - "The Express" (Universal Pictures)
· Will Smith - "Seven Pounds" (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
· Alfre Woodard - "Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys" (Lionsgate)
· Angela Bassett - "Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns" (Lionsgate)
· Dakota Fanning - "The Secret Life of Bees" (Fox Searchlight)
· Queen Latifah - "The Secret Life of Bees" (Fox Searchlight)
· Rosario Dawson - "Seven Pounds" (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
· "Ballast" (Alluvial Film Co.)
· "Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom" (Logo)
· "Rachel Getting Married" (Sony Pictures Classics)
· "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight)
· "The Visitor" (Overture Films)