‘Wakanda Forever,’ ‘Abbott,’ Beyonce up for NAACP Image Awards

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and Sony Photos’ “The Woman King” led the 54th NAACP Image Awards nominations Thursday, scoring 12 and 9 nominations, respectively.

In tv, ABC’s Philadelphia school-set comedy “Abbott Elementary” led the small-screen and streaming nominations with 9 nods, together with entertainer of the 12 months recognition for star and creator Quinta Brunson.

“Wakanda Forever” and “The Woman King” are up in opposition to Netflix’s “A Jazzman’s Blues,” Apple’s Will Smith drama “Emancipation” and Common’s Emmett Until biopic “Till.”

“Abbott Elementary” will face off in opposition to FX’s “Atlanta,” HBO Max’s “Rap Sh!t” and fellow ABC comedies “black-ish” and the rebooted “The Wonder Years” for excellent TV comedy. On the drama aspect, Peacock’s “Bel-Air,” Netflix’s “Bridgerton,” HBO Max’s “Euphoria,” Starz’s “P-Valley” and OWN’s “Queen Sugar” will vie for the drama prize.

Together with Brunson, “Wakanda Forever” and “9-1-1” star Angela Bassett, musician Mary J. Blige, “The Woman King” star Viola Davis and “Euphoria” star Zendaya have been nominated for entertainer of the 12 months.

Within the music classes, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar tied for essentially the most nominations with 5 nods apiece and might be going head-to-head within the album and music video/visible album classes.

The NAACP Image Awards is an “annual celebration of Black excellence,” the group mentioned, and in addition acknowledges work throughout information, literary publishing and podcasting. Voting is completed by the general public and runs via Feb. 10.

Winners might be introduced at a Feb. 25 ceremony on the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The present will air reside on the East Coast on BET and might be rebroadcast on the West Coast at 8 p.m. Pacific time. (The NAACP additionally will acknowledge winners in nontelevised Image Awards classes on-line between Feb. 20 and Feb. 24.)

“This year’s nominees have conveyed a wide range of authentic stories and diverse experiences that have resonated with many in our community, and we’re proud to recognize their outstanding achievements and performances,” mentioned Derrick Johnson, president and chief govt of the NAACP.

“We take pride in recognizing the trailblazing achievements and artistry of this year’s esteemed nominees and celebrating the powerful legacy of the NAACP,” added Connie Orlando, BET’s govt vp of specials, music programming and music technique. “We look forward to bringing the Image Awards back to Pasadena in front of a live audience and delivering unforgettable moments that epitomize the brilliance of the Black community.”

Listed below are nominees in notable classes. Click on right here for the whole checklist of nominees.


  • Angela Bassett
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Quinta Brunson
  • Viola Davis
  • Zendaya


Excellent movement image

  • “A Jazzman’s Blues”
  • “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
  • “Emancipation”
  • “The Woman King”
  • “Till”

Actor in a movement image

  • Daniel Kaluuya, “Nope”
  • Jonathan Majors, “Devotion”
  • Joshua Boone, “A Jazzman’s Blues”
  • Sterling Ok. Brown, “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.”
  • Will Smith, “Emancipation”

Actress in a movement image

  • Danielle Deadwyler, “Till”
  • Keke Palmer, “Alice”
  • Letitia Wright, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
  • Regina Corridor, “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.”
  • Viola Davis, “The Woman King”

Supporting actor in a movement image

  • Aldis Hodge, “Black Adam”
  • Cliff “Method Man” Smith, “On the Come Up”
  • Jalyn Corridor, “Till”
  • John Boyega, “The Woman King”
  • Tenoch Huerta, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

Supporting actress in a movement image

  • Angela Bassett, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
  • Danai Gurira, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
  • Janelle Monáe, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”
  • Lashana Lynch, “The Woman King”
  • Lupita Nyong’o, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

Unbiased movement image

  • “Breaking”
  • “Causeway”
  • “Mr. Malcolm’s List”
  • “Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story”
  • “The Inspection”

Animated movement image

  • “DC League of Super-Pets”
  • “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”
  • “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”
  • “Turning Red”
  • “Wendell & Wild”


Excellent comedy collection

  • “Abbott Elementary”
  • “Atlanta”
  • “black-ish”
  • “Rap Sh!t”
  • “The Wonder Years”

Actor in a comedy collection

  • Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”
  • Cedric the Entertainer, “The Neighborhood”
  • Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
  • Dulé Hill, “The Wonder Years”
  • Mike Epps, “The Upshaws”

Actress in a comedy collection

  • Loretta Devine, “Family Reunion”
  • Maya Rudolph, “Loot”
  • Quinta Brunson, “Abbott Elementary”
  • Tichina Arnold, “The Neighborhood”
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”

Supporting actor in a comedy collection

  • Brian Tyree Henry, “Atlanta”
  • Deon Cole, “black-ish”
  • Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Tyler James Williams, “Abbott Elementary”
  • William Stanford Davis, “Abbott Elementary”

Supporting actress in a comedy collection

  • Janelle James, “Abbott Elementary”
  • Jenifer Lewis, “black-ish”
  • Marsai Martin, “black-ish”
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph, “Abbott Elementary”
  • Wanda Sykes, “The Upshaws”

Excellent drama collection

  • “Bel-Air”
  • “Bridgerton”
  • “Euphoria”
  • “P-Valley”
  • “Queen Sugar”

Actor in a drama collection

  • Damson Idris, “Snowfall”
  • Jabari Banks, “Bel-Air”
  • Kofi Siriboe, “Queen Sugar”
  • Nicco Annan, “P-Valley”
  • Sterling Ok. Brown, “This Is Us”

Actress in a drama collection

  • Angela Bassett, “9-1-1”
  • Brandee Evans, “P-Valley”
  • Queen Latifah, “The Equalizer”
  • Rutina Wesley, “Queen Sugar”
  • Zendaya, “Euphoria”

Supporting actor in a drama collection

  • Adrian Holmes, “Bel-Air”
  • Amin Joseph, “Snowfall”
  • Caleb McLaughlin, “Stranger Things”
  • Cliff “Method Man” Smith, “Power Book II: Ghost”
  • J. Alphonse Nicholson, “P-Valley”

Supporting actress in a drama collection

  • Adjoa Andoh, “Bridgerton”
  • Bianca Lawson, “Queen Sugar”
  • Loretta Devine, “P-Valley”
  • Susan Kelechi Watson, “This Is Us”
  • Tina Lifford, “Queen Sugar”

Tv film, restricted collection or dramatic particular

  • “Carl Weber’s The Black Hamptons”
  • “From Scratch”
  • “The Best Man: The Final Chapters”
  • “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey”
  • “Women of the Movement”

Actor in a tv film, restricted collection or dramatic particular

  • Morris Chestnut, “The Best Man: The Final Chapters”
  • Samuel L. Jackson,– “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey”
  • Terrence Howard, “The Best Man: The Final Chapters”
  • Trevante Rhodes, “Mike”
  • Wendell Pierce, “Don’t Hang Up”

Actress in a tv film, limited-series or dramatic particular

  • Niecy Nash-Betts, “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”
  • Regina Corridor, “The Best Man: The Final Chapters”
  • Sanaa Lathan, “The Best Man: The Final Chapters”
  • Viola Davis, “The First Lady”
  • Zoe Saldaña, “From Scratch”

Discuss collection

  • “Hart to Heart”
  • “Red Table Talk”
  • “Sherri”
  • “Tamron Hall”
  • “Uninterrupted: The Shop”

Actuality program, actuality competitors or recreation present (collection)

  • “Legendary”
  • “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls”
  • “Shark Tank”
  • “Sweet Life: Los Angeles”
  • “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”

Selection present (collection or particular)

  • “A Black Lady Sketch Show”
  • “BET Awards 2022”
  • “Deon Cole: Charleen’s Boy”
  • “Martin: The Reunion”
  • “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”

Animated collection

  • “Central Park”
  • “Eureka!”
  • “Gracie’s Corner”
  • “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder”
  • “Zootopia+”


New artist

  • Adam Blackstone
  • Armani White
  • Coco Jones
  • Fivio International
  • Steve Lacy

Male artist

  • Brent Faiyaz, “Wasteland”
  • Burna Boy, “Love, Damini”
  • Chris Brown, “Breezy”
  • Drake, “Honestly, Nevermind”
  • Kendrick Lamar, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers”

Feminine artist

  • Ari Lennox, “age/sex/location”
  • Beyoncé, “Renaissance”
  • Chlöe, “Surprise”
  • Jazmine Sullivan, “Hurt Me So Good”
  • SZA, “S.O.S.”


  • “age/sex/location,” Ari Lennox
  • “Breezy (Deluxe),” Chris Brown
  • “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” Kendrick Lamar
  • “Renaissance,” Beyoncé
  • “Watch the Sun,” PJ Morton


Documentary (movie)

  • “Civil”
  • “Descendant”
  • “Is That Black Enough for You?!?”
  • “Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues”
  • “Sidney”

Documentary (tv)

  • “Black Love”
  • “Everything’s Gonna Be All White”
  • “Frontline”
  • “Race: Bubba Wallace”
  • “Shaq”


Literary work — fiction

  • “Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction,” Sheree Renée Thomas
  • “Light Skin Gone to Waste,” Toni Ann Johnson
  • “Take My Hand,” Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  • “The Keeper,” Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes
  • “You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty,” Akwaeke Emezi

Literary work — nonfiction

  • “Finding Me,” Viola Davis
  • “Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America,” Cody Keenan
  • “Requiem for the Massacre,” RJ Younger
  • “Under the Skin,” Linda Villarosa
  • “Who’s Black and Why? A Hidden Chapter From the Eighteenth-Century Invention of Race,” Henry Louis Gates, Andrew S. Curran