Let’s state the obvious first: Basically anyone in a Tyler Perry movie or television show got nominated for a 2011 NAACP Image Award. More interesting, however, from the newly announced nominees are some of the people competing against the likes of Ms. Jackson, Whoopi and company.
Surprise #1: Justin Timberlake lands an acting nomination for The Social Network. (Umm...he’s not black. Or any ethnic minority as far as we can tell.)
Surprise #2: The Kids Are All Right gets a Best Picture nomination (Great for exposure, but how exactly does this fit?!)
Surprise #3: Willow—as in whip-my-hair Willow Smith—is up for Best New Artist. Enough said.
Some notable categories include:
Outstanding Comedy Series:
Are We There Yet?
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Outstanding Drama Series:
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Best Supporting Actress in TV Comedy:
Amber Riley, Glee
Anna Deavere Smith, Nurse Jackie
Keshia Knight Pulliam, Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Viola Davis, United States of Tara
Outstanding Motion Picture:
For Colored Gilrs
The Book of Eli
The Kids Are All Right
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture:
Anthony Mackie, Night Catches Us
Common, Just Wright
Denzel Washington, The Book of Eli
Jaden Smith, The Karate Kid
Morgan Freeman, Red
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture:
Halle Berry, Frankie & Alice
Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?
Kerry Washington, Night Catches Us
Queen Latifah, Just Wright
Zoe Saldana, The Losers
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:
Don Cheadle, Brooklyn's Finest
Idris Elba, Takers
Justin Timberlake, The Social Network
Michael Ealy, For Colored Girls
Samuel L. Jackson, Mother and Child
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
Anika Noni Rose, For Colored Girls
Kimberly Elise, For Colored Girls
Phylicia Rashad, For Colored Girls
Whoopi Goldberg, For Colored Girls
Jill Scott, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?
You can check out the (huge) list of all the nominees here, and the awards on March 4 on Fox.