So, these just happened...
Outstanding Motion Picture
Beyond The Lights
Dear White People
Get On Up
This is an extremely respectable lineup, considering the reviews these film's have received. The NAACP Image Awards tend to shed light on the sad fact that African American actors and filmmakers are just not given their share of good material. Thankfully, this year had some great moments. I'm shocked though, that Top Five isn't here.
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Chadwick Boseman/Get On Up
Denzel Washington/The Equalizer
Idris Elba/No Good Deed
Nate Parker/Beyond The Lights
This is where weakness is starting to show. Boseman and Oyelowo make sense, and have the reviews to back it up. Parker's film and co-star swallow him whole though, and while I love Elba and Washington as actors (alright, I like them...not love them), these nominations seem like jokes. I mean, Washington is nominated every year here for the most mediocre of work. Like, he's their Meryl Streep.
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Taraji P. Henson/No Good Deed
Tessa Thompson/Dear White People
Viola Davis/The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
So, Davis is Lead in Eleanor Rigby? Hmmm. I wish they had just double nominated Gugu, because, like, let's be real here. She better win.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Cedric the Entertainer/Top Five
Danny Glover/Beyond The Lights
I never thought I'd ever in my life ever say this...but where is Tyler Perry?
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Jill Scott/Get On Up
Octavia Spencer/Get On Up
Viola Davis/Get On Up
Remember when Viola Davis was going to win the Oscar this year?
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
Dear White People
Half of a Yellow Sun
JIMI: All Is By My Side
Life of a King
So, they can note Andre for his work in Selma, but they can't nominated him for JIMI, when the Spirits did, and he would have probably made a more respectable nom than Elba or Washington...
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
Chris Rock/Top Five
Justin Simien/Dear White People
Margaret Nagle/The Good Lie
Richard Wenk/The Equalizer
So, here is where Rock gets the nom...
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture
Antoine Fuqua/The Equalizer
Gina Prince-Bythewood/Beyond The Lights
John Ridley/JIMI: All Is By My Side
Should I see The Equalizer? Like...really? Yay for THREE female directors though. But, like, where is Simien?