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'The Help,' 'Tower Heist,' 'Pariah' among Image Award nominees

January 19, 2012 |  9:00 am


 The NAACP announced its nominees for the 43rd Image Awards on Thursday morning at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly HIlls.

The awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in films, TV, music and literature. The winners will be annnounced during a two-hour telecast on NBC on Feb. 17.

Nominated for outstanding motion picture are "The Help," "Jumping the Broom," "Pariah," "The First Grader" and "Tower Heist."

Vying for the lead actor prize are Eddie Murphy in "Tower Heist"; Laurence Fishburne in "Contagion"; Laz Alonso in "Jumping the Broom"; Oliver Litondo in "The First Grader" and Vin Diesel in "Fast Five."

Nominees for lead actress are Viola Davis in "The Help"; Adepero Oduye in "Pariah"; Emma Stone for "The Help"; Paula Patton for "Jumping the Broom" and Zoe Saldana for "Colombiana."

Supporting actor nominees are Anthony Mackie for "The Adjustment Bureau"; Charles Parnell for "Pariah"; Don Cheadle for "The Guard"; Jeffrey Wright for "The Ides of March" and Mike Epps for "Jumping the Broom."

Supporting actress nominees are Bryce Dallas Howard, Cicely Tyson and Octavia Spencer for "The Help"; Kim Wayans for "Pariah"; and Maya Rudolph for "Bridesmaids."

Nominees for film director are Alrick Brown, "Kinyarwanda"; Angelina Jolie for "In the Land of Blood and Honey"; Dee Rees for "Pariah"; Salim Akil for "Jumping the Broom"; and Tate Taylor for "The Help."

Among the television nominations, "Love That Girl!," "Modern Family," "Reed Between the Lines," "The Game" and "Tyler Perry's House of Pain" were nominated for top comedy series.

"Boardwalk Empire," "Grey's Anatomy," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "The Good Wife" and "Treme" were nominated for best dramatic series.

For a complete list of nominees, go to http://www.naacpimageawards.net/43/home/


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Photo: Kim Wayans costars in "Pariah," which received multiple Image Award nominations. Photo: Focus Features.

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