TV alert: NAACP Image Awards

Tonight at 8:00, tune in to Fox for the 39th NAACP Image Awards telecast. This year, the theme is “Stand Up and Be Counted.” According to the press release,

During this crucial election year, the NAACP encourages everyone to be socially conscious and take a stand on critical human and civil rights issues.

Wouldn’t it be nice if every awards show encouraged such things? Susan Sarandon always gets played off when she tries to be political on the Oscars, and Kanye West was barely allowed to remember his mom on the Grammys this year.

Here are some of the nominees:

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

CCH Pounder (The Shield)

Jennifer Beals (The L Word)

Nicki Micheaux (Lincoln Heights)

Regina Taylor (The Unit)

Wendy Davis (Army Wives)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)

Golden Brooks (Girlfriends)

Tia Mowry (The Game)

Tichina Arnold (Everybody Hates Chris)

Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Audra McDonald (Private Practice)

Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy)

Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without a Trace)

Pam Grier (The L Word)

S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order)



Outstanding Supprting Actress in a Comedy Series

Keesha Sharp (Girlfriends)

Tonye Patano (Weeds)

Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty)

Vivica A. Fox (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

Anika Noni Rose (The Starter Wife)

Holly Robinson Peete (Matters of Life & Dating)

Queen Latifah (Life Support)

S. Epatha Merkerson (Girl, Positive)

Sydney Tamiia Poitier (The List)

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy



Lincoln Heights

The Unit

Outstanding Comedy Series

30 Rock

Everybody Hates Chris


Tyler Perry’s House of Payne

Ugly Betty

Can we just give S. Epatha Merkerson something right now? She’s always so good, and so underappreciated.

Her are some of the movie nominees:

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart)

Halle Berry (Things We Lost in the Fire)

Jill Scott (Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?)

Jurnee Smollett (The Great Debaters)

Taraji P. Henson (Talk to Me)

Jolie’s nomination is quite interesting, considering the uproar — some people even said she was in “blackface.”

Outstanding Supprting Actress in a Motion Picture

Janet Jackson (Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?)

Loretta Devine (This Christmas)

Meagan Good (Stomp the Yard)

Queen Latifah (Hairspray)

Ruby Dee (American Gangster)

Outstanding Motion Picture

American Gangster
The Great Debaters

I Am Legend

Talk to Me

Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?

In music, the Outstanding Female Artist Category is very impressive:

Alicia Keys

Aretha Franklin


Jill Scott

Mary J. Blige

Keys and Blige are up for multiple awards, including Oustanding Song, Album and Video.

Other nominees include America’s Next Top Model for Outstanding Reality Series, Persepolis for Outstanding Independent or Foreign Film, Shonda Rhimes for both Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, Kasi Lemmons for Outstanding Directing for Talk to Me, and several greats in the literary categories, including Nikki Giovanni. And Edwidge Danticat, who I have always said has the coolest. name. ever.

And Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will receive special awards.

This looks like it could be better than the Oscars this year. I’m already thinking of the Oscars as There Will Be Boredom.