The Straits Times
Published on Dec 12, 2012

Django Unchained, Beasts Of Southern Wild up for Image Award


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Director Quentin Tarantino's slavery era Western Django Unchained and mythological indie film Beasts Of The Southern Wild were among the top film nominees on Tuesday for the annual National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) Image Awards. 

The NAACP also nominated Flight, starring Denzel Washington as an alcoholic airline pilot, African-American wartime pilots film Red Tails, and Tyler Perry's Good Deeds for a best movie Image Award, which honour achievements by people of colour in film, television, music and literature. Washington and Perry were nominated best actor, along with Jaime Foxx for Django Unchained, while the NAACP also recognised the amateur stars of Beasts Of The Southern Wild - nine year-old Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry - in the acting categories.

In television, best comedy nods went to Glee, Modern Family, The Mindy Project, The Game and Soul Man. In the drama category, the NAACP picked Boardwalk Empire, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Treme, and True Blood.

Bruno Mars and Alicia Keys won multiple nominations in music categories, while late pop greats Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston were nominated respectively for the 25th anniversary edition of album Bad, and greatest hits compilation I Will Always Love You; The Best Of Whitney Houston.