44th NAACP Image Awards Features a Star-Studded Lineup, Feb. 1

“Cloud Atlas” leading lady Halle Berry.

Jamie Foxx (left) in “Django Unchained” and Denzel Washington in “Flight.”

“The 44th NAACP Image Awards,” a live, two-hour special on Friday, Feb. 1 (8 p.m.-10 p.m. ET), will showcase the best achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, featuring a star-studded lineup of performers, winners and presenters. Nominations were announced in December and included contributions in television, film, music and literature. In the motion picture categories, Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed slavery era  “Django Unchained” was pitted against Robert Zemeckis’ pilot drama “Flight”. “Flight” led the pack with a total of five nominations, while “Django” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild” trailed with four. The two highly-praised movies were also set to compete with critics’ darling “Beasts,” Tuskegee film “Red Tails” and Tyler Perry’s “Good Deeds.” “Django” and “Flight” would also face off against each other in Best Actor category where their lead actors, Jamie Foxx and Denzel Washington respectively, got nominated. They were racing for the coveted gong alongside Morgan Freeman, Tyler Perry, and newcomer Indian star Suraj Sharma. In Best Actress category, meanwhile, “Cloud Atlas” leading lady Halle Berry was set to compete with the star of “Beast,” much-talked-about young actress Quvenzhane Wallis. Also up for the prize were Viola Davis, Loretta Devine and Emayatzy Corinealdi. Founded on Feb. 12, 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its one-half million adult and youth members throughout the country and the world are advocates for civil rights in their communities, and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. For more information on the NAACP Image Awards, please visit www.naacpimageawards.net. The awards event is a production of Vicangelo Films.
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