The nominees for the 42nd NAACP Image Awards were announced today at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The Image Awards celebrate both the accomplishments of people of color in media as well as individuals and groups promoting social justice, and a variety of LGBT-inclusive nominees were named.
Nelsan Ellis was nominated as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds, the gay fry cook who moonlights as a drug dealer on HBO's True Blood. The hit series also picked up a nod for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy made off with an impressive total of five nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nod for Sara Ramirez, who plays bisexual surgeon Callie Torres on the show.
Fox’s hit Glee came away with a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, as well as a nomination for Amber Riley as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Kurt’ s best friend Mercedes Jones. Also nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series is Modern Family, which nabbed a total of three nods.
In the film categories, The Kids Are All Right (the award season darling about a lesbian couple’s children meeting their donor father) has been included as a nominee for Outstanding Motion Picture. Nominated for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture is La Mission, which stars Jeremy Ray Valdez as the gay son of Benjamin Bratt’s character.
An Outstanding Music Video nomination went to Willow Smith's Whip My Hair, which features trans dancer Leiomy Maldonado as the teacher who instructs the kids in the video on how to, you guessed it, whip their hair back and forth.
The Image Awards will air on FOX March 4 at 8:00 PM (EST live, PST tape-delayed).