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Women Dominate NAACP Awards’ Directing, TV Drama, Fiction Categories

Women Dominate NAACP Awards' Directing, TV Drama, Fiction Categories

Women weren’t hard to find among the NAACP Awards’ sprawling and maverick nominees in film, television, music, and books.  

Three female filmmakers — Ava DuVernay (Selma), Amma Asante (Belle), and Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights) — comprised the majority of the Best Director nods. (Unfortunately, women were shut out entirely in the Best Directing for Television category.) 

The Best Picture nominees included BelleBeyond the LightsDear White People, and SelmaBelle and Dear White People were also nominated for Best Indie Picture, as was the film adaptation of the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel Half of a Yellow Sun.

On the TV side, Shondaland received several major nominations, including Best Drama nods for Grey’s AnatomyScandal, and How to Get Away With Murder (the latter of which is produced by Shonda Rhimes but created and showrun by Peter Nowalk). Mara Brock Akil’s BET series Being Mary Jane, which stars Gabrielle Union, was the fourth Best Drama nominee. Orange is the New Black was the only Best Comedy nominee created by a woman. 

Here are the NAACP-nominated performers and works (by and/or about women): 

Outstanding Comedy Series
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Mindy Kaling – “The Mindy Project” (FOX)
Niecy Nash – “The Soul Man” (TV Land)
Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC)
Uzo Aduba – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Adrienne C. Moore – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Laverne Cox – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Lorraine Toussaint – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family” (ABC)
Yara Shahidi – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series
“Being Mary Jane” (BET)
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
“How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
“Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Gabrielle Union – “Being Mary Jane” (BET)
Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)
Nicole Beharie – “Sleepy Hollow” (FOX)
Octavia Spencer – “Red Band Society” (FOX)
Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Aja Naomi King – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
Alfre Woodard – “State of Affairs” (NBC)
Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Khandi Alexander – “Scandal” (ABC)
Jada Pinkett Smith – “Gotham” (FOX)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)
“Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)
“The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)
“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Angela Bassett – “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)
Cicely Tyson – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)
Keke Palmer – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)
Regina King – “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)
Vanessa Williams – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding News/ Information (Series or Special)
“America After Ferguson” (PBS)
“Melissa Harris Perry” (MSNBC)
“Oprah’s Lifeclass” (OWN)
“Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series
“Oprah Prime” (OWN)
“The Queen Latifah Show” (Syndicated)
“The View” (ABC)
“The Wendy Williams Show” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Series
“Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)
“Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
“BET Awards” (BET)
“Family Feud” (Syndicated)
“On the Run: Beyoncé and Jay Z” (HBO)
“Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN)
“UNCF An Evening of Stars” (NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, The CW, BET, Centric)

Outstanding Children’s Program
“Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)
“Anna Deavere Smith: A Youngarts Masterclass” (HBO)
“HALO Awards” (Nickelodeon)
“Dora and Friends: Into The City!” (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth in a Youth/Children’s Program (Series or Special)
Amber Montana – “Haunted Hathaways” (Nickelodeon)
China Anne McClain – “How to Build a Better Boy” (Disney Channel)
Fatima Ptacek – “Dora and Friends: Into The City!” (Nickelodeon)
Taliyah Whitaker – “Wallykazam!” (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Host in a Talk, Reality, News/ Information or Variety
Queen Latifah – “The Queen Latifah Show” (Syndicated)
Gwen Ifill – “America After Ferguson” (PBS)
Melissa Harris Perry – “Melissa Harris Perry” (MSNBC)

Outstanding New Artist
Erica Campbell (My Block Inc./eOne Music)
Jhene Aiko (Def Jam Recordings)
Liv Warfield (Kobalt Label Services)

Outstanding Female Artist

Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

Jennifer Hudson (RCA Records)

Ledisi (Verve Records)

Mary J Blige (Capitol)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
“Being With You” – Smokey Robinson feat. Mary J Blige (Verve)
“Love, Marriage & Divorce” – Toni Braxton & Babyface (Def Jam Recordings)
“Stay with Me” – Sam Smith feat. Mary J Blige (Capitol)

Outstanding Jazz Album
“Beautiful Life” – Dianne Reeves (Concord)

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
“Help” – Erica Campbell (My Block Inc./eOne Music)
“Where My Heart Belongs” – Gladys Knight (Shadow Mountain Records)
“Journey To Freedom” – Michelle Williams (eOne Music)

Outstanding Music Video
“Pretty Hurts” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Song
“We Are Here” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
“Pretty Hurts” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Album
“Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” – Aretha Franklin (RCA Records)
“Beyoncé Platinum Edition” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
“JHUD” – Jennifer Hudson (RCA Records)
“Love, Marriage & Divorce” – Toni Braxton & Babyface (Def Jam Recordings)

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
“An Untamed State” – Roxane Gay (Grove/Atlantic – Black Cat)
“Another Woman’s Man” – Shelly Ellis (Kensington Publishing Corp.)
“Momma: Gone” – Nina Foxx (Brown Girls Publishing)
“The Prodigal Son” – Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
“Bad Feminist” – Roxane Gay (Harper Perennial/HarperCollins)
“Place not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America” – Sheryll Cashin (Beacon Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
“Queen Sugar” – Natalie Baszile (Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin Random House)

“Remedy For A Broken Angel” – Toni Ann Johnson (Nortia Press)
“Time of the Locust” – Morowa Yejide (Atria Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto Biography
“Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)” – Rosie Perez (Crown Archetype)
“Life In Motion” – Misty Copeland (Touchstone)
“Stand Up Straight and Sing!” – Jessye Norman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
“101 Scholarship Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College Education” – Gwen Richardson (Cushcity Communications)
“10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” – JJ Smith (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
“Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System” – Robbin Shipp, Nick Chiles (Agate Bolden)
“Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life” – Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson, Hilary Beard (Spiegel & Grau)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
“Citizen: An American Lyric” – Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
“Beautiful Moon” – Tonya Bolden (Author), Eric Velasquez (Illustrator) (Abrams/Abrams Books for Young Readers)
“Little Melba and Her Big Trombone” – Katheryn Russell-Brown (Author), Frank Morrison (Illustrator) (Lee & Low Books)
“Malcolm Little” – Ilyasah Shabazz (Author), AG Ford (Illustrator) (Simon & Schuster)
“Searching for Sarah Rector” – Tonya Bolden (Abrams/Abrams Books for Young Readers)
“Dork Diaries 8: Tales From A Note-So-Happily Ever After” – Rachel Renee Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell (Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Brown Girl Dreaming” – Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)
“Revolution” – Deborah Wiles (Scholastic Press)
“The Red Pencil” – Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Shane Evans (Illustrator) (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Outstanding Motion Picture
“Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
“Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)
“Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
“Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Annie” (Columbia Pictures)
Taraji P. Henson – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)
Tessa Thompson – “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
Viola Davis – “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Carmen Ejogo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
Jill Scott – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
Octavia Spencer – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
Oprah Winfrey – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
Viola Davis – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
“Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
“Half of a Yellow Sun” (monterey media inc.)

Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical)
“I Am Ali” (Focus World/Fisheye Films)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)
“The War Comes Home: Soledad O’Brien Reports” (CNN)

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Brigette Munoz-Liebowitz – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” – Road Trip (FOX)
Aisha Muharrar – “Parks and Recreation” – Ann & Chris (NBC)
Regina Hicks – “Instant Mom” – A Kids’s Choice (Nickelodeon and Nick@Nite)
Sara Hess – “Orange is the New Black” – It Was the Change (Netflix)
Mindy Kaling – “The Mindy Project” – Danny and Mindy (FOX)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Erika Green Swafford – “How to Get Away with Murder” – Let’s Get To Scooping (ABC)
Mara Brock Akil – “Being Mary Jane” – Uber Love (BET)
Warren Leight, Julie Martin – “Law & Order: SVU” – American Disgrace (NBC)
Zoanne Clack – “Grey’s Anatomy” – You Be Illin’ (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television)
Karin Gist, Regina Hicks – “Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)
Reggie Bythewood – “Gun Hill” (BET)
Shernold Edwards – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)
Sterling Anderson, Maria Nation – “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)
Sharon Brathwaite, Peres Owino – “Seasons of Love” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical)
Misan Sagay – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
Margaret Nagle – “The Good Lie” (Alcon Entertainment)

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Linda Mendoza – “Bad Judge” – One Brave Waitress (NBC)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Hanelle Culpepper – “Criminal Minds” – The Edge of Winter (CBS)
Millicent Shelton – “The Divide” – And the Little Ones Get Caught (WE tv)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical)
Amma Asante – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
Ava DuVernay – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
Gina Prince-Bythewood – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance
Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)
Zoe Saldana – “The Book of Life” (20th Century Fox)

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