21CF businesses earn 34 nominations at NAACP Image Awards, celebrating achievements of people of color in entertainment
The nominees for the 48th NAACP Image Awards were announced on December 13, with 21st Century Fox film and television projects receiving 34 total nominations. Fox Searchlight's recent historical drama The Birth of a Nation received six nominations, tying with Moonlight as the year's most-nominated film.
Several more Fox films and TV series were recognized, including FX's hit limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson (six nominations), 20th Century Fox's Hidden Figures (three nominations), and FOX's musical drama Empire (six nominations), which collected five awards last year. This year's winners will be announced at a ceremony in Hollywood on February 11 hosted by Anthony Anderson and broadcast live on TV ONE at 9pm/8c.
"The Image Awards is the premier showcase for art and advocacy reflecting the depth and diversity of the African-American experience," said Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO, NAACP. "It is an American prism through which we see a breadth of culture and color reflected in film, television, music, and literature in ways that reveal our shared humanity. At a moment when America is so divided, the Image Awards represents an hour that brings us together."
The awards both celebrate the accomplishments of people of color across the media landscape, and honor those who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The Birth of a Nation, Empire, and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story led the field of 21CF's nominations at six each, with each being recognized in the categories for Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Drama Series, and Outstanding Television Movie or Limited Series, respectively.
FX's breakout series Atlanta received four nominations, three of which recognized Donald Glover for acting, writing, and directing. National Geographic's returning series StarTalk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson was nominated for Outstanding News / Information Series. Keesha Sharp was nominated for her role on FOX's Lethal Weapon, and Paris Barclay received a nomination for his role directing the network's baseball drama Pitch.
In addition, the Image Awards nominated several series produced at 20th Century Fox Television, including This Is Us, Fresh Off the Boat, and The Carmichael Show. This Is Us received three nominations, one for Outstanding Drama Series and two for acting. The Carmichael Show's nominations include Outstanding Comedy Series and David Alan Grier as Outstanding Supporting Actor. Hudson Yang was recognized for his role as "Eddie Huang" in Fresh Off the Boat.
Learn more about the 48th NAACP Image Awards, and view the full list of nominees.