‘Empire’ & ‘Black-ish’ Lead NAACP 47th Annual Image Awards Nominations – See The Full List Of Nominees


Outstanding Motion Picture

“Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)

“Concussion” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

“Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

“Dope” (Open Road Films)

“Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Abraham Attah – “Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)

Chiwetel Ejiofor – “Secret in Their Eyes” (STX Entertainment)

Michael B. Jordan – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

Michael Ealy – “The Perfect Guy” (Screen Gems)

Will Smith – “Concussion” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Lauren ‘Keke’ Palmer – “Brotherly Love” (Flavor Unit)

Sanaa Lathan – “The Perfect Guy” (Screen Gems)

Teyonah Parris – “Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Viola Davis – “Lila and Eve” (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Zoe Saldana – “Infinitely Polar Bear” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Chiwetel Ejiofor – “The Martian” (20th Century Fox)

Corey Hawkins – “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

Forest Whitaker – “Southpaw” (The Weinstein Company)

Idris Elba – “Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)

O’Shea Jackson, Jr. – “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Angela Bassett – “Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Concussion” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Jennifer Hudson – “Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Phylicia Rashad – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

Tessa Thompson – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

“Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)

“Brotherly Love” (Flavor Unit)

“Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

“Infinitely Polar Bear” (Sony Pictures Classics)

“Secret in Their Eyes” (STX Entertainment)


Outstanding Documentary – (Film)

“Amy” (A24)

“Dreamcatcher” (Rise Films, Green Acres Films & Vixen Films in association with Impact Partners and Artemis Rising Foundation)

“In My Fathers House” (Break Thru Films)

“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” (PBS Distribution/Firelight Films)

“What Happened, Miss Simone?” (A Radical Media Production in Association with Moxie Firecracker for Netflix)

Outstanding Documentary – (Television)

“August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand” (PBS)

“Belief” (OWN)

“Kareem: Minority of One” (HBO)

“Light Girls” (OWN)

“Muhammad Ali: The Peoples Champ” (BET)


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Alan Yang, Aziz Ansari – “Master of None” – Parents (Netflix)

Jennie Snyder Urman – “Jane The Virgin” – Chapter Twenty-Three (The CW)

Jill Soloway – “Transparent” – Kina Hora (Amazon Video)

Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Jay Martel, Ian Roberts, Rebecca Drysdale, Colton Dunn, Phil Augusta Jackson, Alex Rubens, Charlie Sanders, Rich Talarico – “Key & Peele” – Y’all Ready For This? (Comedy Central)

Kenya M. Barris – “black-ish” – The Word (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series

Erika Green Swafford, Doug Stockstill – “How to Get Away with Murder” – Mama’s Here Now (ABC)

John Ridley – “American Crime” – Episode 1 (ABC)

LaToya Morgan – “TURN: Washingtons Spies” – False Flag (AMC)

Lee Daniels, Danny Strong – “Empire” – Pilot (FOX)

Mara Brock Akil, Jameal Turner, Keli Goff – “Being Mary Jane” – Sparrow (BET)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Television)

Dee Rees – “Bessie” (HBO)

Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo – “The Book of Negroes” (BET)

Michael S. Bandy, Eric Stein – “White Water” (TV One)

Nzingha Stewart – “With this Ring” (Lifetime)

Shem Bitterman – “Whitney” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman – “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois, Grant Thompson – “McFarland USA” (Walt Disney Pictures)

Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley – “Inside Out” (Disney/Pixar)

Rick Famuyiwa – “Dope” (Open Road Films)

Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Aziz Ansari – “Master of None” – Parents (Netflix)

Brad Silberling – “Jane The Virgin” – Chapter Twenty-Three (The CW)

Don Cheadle – “House of Lies” – The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule (Showtime)

Peter Atencio – “Key & Peele” – The End (Comedy Central)

Stan Lathan – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” – Cabin Pressure (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series

Ernest Dickerson – “Hand of God” – Welcome the Stranger (Amazon Video)

John Ridley – “American Crime” – Episode 1 (ABC)

Lee Daniels – “Empire” – Pilot (FOX)

Millicent Shelton – “American Crime” – Episode Ten (ABC)

Salim Akil – “Being Mary Jane” – Sparrow (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)

Christine Swanson – “For the Love of Ruth” (TV One)

Dee Rees – “Bessie” (HBO)

Nzingha Stewart – “With this Ring” (Lifetime)

Rusty Cundieff – “White Water” (TV One)

Salim Akil – “The Start Up” (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – (Film)

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon – “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (Fox Searchlight Pictures / Rhode Island Ave)

Charles Stone, III – “Lila and Eve” (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

F. Gary Gray – “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

Rick Famuyiwa – “Dope” (Open Road Films)

Ryan Coogler – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)


Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – (Television or Film)

Aisha Tyler – “Archer” (FX Networks)

Audra McDonald – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

Jeffrey Wright – “The Good Dinosaur” (Disney/Pixar)

Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Channel)

Wanda Sykes – “Penn Zero” (Disney XD)

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