Black Panther Leads NAACP Image Awards Nominations

As Hollywood awards season continues its march to the Oscars, Marvel’s Black Panther has earned more nominations than any other film at this year’s NAACP Image Awards.

The Marvel Studios blockbuster has been nominated for 13 awards, with star Chadwick Boseman and director Ryan Coogler nominated separately for Entertainer of the Year.

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Black Panther also received nods for Outstanding Motion Picture; Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture; Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, for Boseman; Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, for Michael B. Jordan; and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, for Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright. Additionally, Wright and Winston Duke are separately nominated for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture.

Coogler is up for two additional awards, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture and, with Joe Robert Cole, Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture. Finally, the film’s soundtrack has been nominated for three awards: Outstanding Soundtrack for Kendrick Lamar, with the artist also being nominated for Outstanding Collaboration with SZA on the soundtrack’s single “All the Stars.” The single has also been nominated for Outstanding Music Video, although its nomination is not attributed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe film.

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Not to be completely outdone, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the second season of Luke Cage each earned three nominations, while the second season of Black Lightning earned two. Shameik Moore and Mahershala Ali have been nominated for their vocal performances in Into the Spider-Verse, while the animated film and Luke Cage have also been nominated for Outstanding Soundtrack. Additionally, the final season of Luke Cage earned nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, for Alfre Woodard, and Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series, while Black Lightning earned nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series and Outstanding Guest Performance, for Erika Alexander.

The winners of the NAACP Image Awards will be announced March 30 on TV One.

(via Variety)

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