NAACP has unveiled the full list of “54th NAACP Image Awards” nominees and Angela Bassett, Viola Davis and Mary J. Blige will battle it out for the year’s top entertainer accolade.
Bassett, became the first actor to receive a major award for a Marvel movie on Tuesday when she received a Golden Globe for her outstanding performance as Queen Ramonda in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Viola Davis, who just received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her powerful role in “The Woman King” about a group of African female warriors, has been nominated for a Best Film Actress multiple times and never lost and singer, producer and actress Mary J. Blige has created a multi-platinum career singing heartbreaking songs about hardship. The three will battle it out for NAACP’s Special Award – Entertainer of the Year next month.
Other nominees in that category include Zendaya and “Abbott Elementary” actress Quinta Brunson.
“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,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP.
The public can vote to determine the winners of the “54th NAACP Image Awards” by visiting www.naacpimageawards.net. Voting closes on February 10, 2023.
The winners will be revealed during the two-hour LIVE TV special, airing Saturday, February 25th, 2023, at 8:00 PM ET on BET and 8:00 PM PT on delay. The show will be in front of an audience for the first time in three years.
Globally recognized as one of the most distinguished multicultural awards shows, the “54th NAACP Image Awards” will continue a tradition of excellence, uplifting values that inspire equality, justice, and progressive change, and highlighting artists committed to that purpose.
Check out the full list of 2023 nominees:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Motion Picture Categories
Outstanding Motion Picture
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Daniel Kaluuya – “Nope” (Universal Pictures)
Jonathan Majors – “Devotion” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
Joshua Boone – “A Jazzman’s Blues” (Netflix)
Sterling K. Brown – “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul” (Focus Features)
Will Smith – “Emancipation” (Apple)
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Danielle Deadwyler – “TILL” (United Artists Releasing/Orion Pictures)
Keke Palmer – “Alice” (Vertical Entertainment)
Letitia Wright – “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Marvel Studios)
Regina Hall – “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul” (Focus Features)
Viola Davis – “The Woman King” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
Outstanding International Motion Picture
Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Animated Motion Picture
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – Motion Picture
Outstanding Short-Form (Live-Action)
Outstanding Short-Form (Animated)
Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Motion Picture)
By Samantha Ofole-Prince