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January 8, 2004

35th NAACP Image Awards Nominations Announced
Outkast, Beyoncé and Showtime Drama "Soul Food" Lead Nominees

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced the nominations today for its 35th NAACP Image Awards, to be presented on Thursday, March 11, 2004 from 8:00 -10:00 p.m. ET/PT on the FOX television network.

The nominations span 35 categories honoring outstanding achievements and performances by people of color in literature, television, motion pictures and recording arts.

In the recording categories, Outkast leads with six nominations, including Outstanding Duo or Group, Outstanding Album, and Outstanding Music Video and Outstanding Song for both “The Way You Move” and “Hey Ya.” Beyoncé was recognized with four nominations in the recording categories – including Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding New Artist, Outstanding Music Video and Outstanding Song for “Crazy in Love” – as well as a nomination in the motion picture category Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for “The Fighting Temptations.”

The Showtime drama “Soul Food” leads all Image Awards nominees with seven nominations in the television categories, including three in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, for Malinda Williams, Nicole Ari Parker and Vanessa Williams.

Nationwide Financial Services returns as a major sponsor of the 35th NAACP Image Awards along with American Airlines, Bank of America, Blockbuster and General Motors.

A complete list of nominations is attached.

The annual NAACP Image Awards are given to those who strive for the portrayal of positive images and meaningful opportunities for African-Americans in motion pictures, television, literature and recording.

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

Contact: Sheila Douglas, NAACP Office of Communications, 410.580.5125;
Jason Clark, FOX Publicity, 310.369.4517; Kevin Trigg or Jin Chon, The Caraway Group
202-965-2810 or 310-566-7448

OFFICIAL LIST OF 35th NAACP Image Awards Nominations

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

Television Comedy:

1. Outstanding Comedy Series
· “The Bernie Mac Show” (FOX)
· “Girlfriends” (UPN)
· “Half & Half” (UPN)
· “My Wife and Kids” (ABC)
· “Whoopi” (NBC)

2. Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
· Bernie Mac – “The Bernie Mac Show” (FOX)
· Damon Wayans – “My Wife and Kids” (ABC)
· Dave Chappelle – “Chappelle’s Show” (Comedy Central)
· Flex Alexander – “One on One” (UPN)
· George Lopez – “The George Lopez Show” (ABC)

3. Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
· Kellita Smith – “The Bernie Mac Show” (FOX)
· Mo’Nique – “The Parkers” (UPN)
· Tisha Campbell-Martin – “My Wife and Kids” (ABC)
· Tracee Ellis Ross – “Girlfriends” (UPN)
· Whoopi Goldberg – “Whoopi” (NBC)

4. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
· Blair Underwood – “Sex and the City” (HBO)
· Chico Benymon – “Half & Half” (UPN)
· Dorien Wilson – “The Parkers” (UPN)
· George O. Gore, II – “My Wife and Kids” (ABC)
· Jeremy Suarez – “The Bernie Mac Show” (FOX)

5. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
· Camille Winbush – “The Bernie Mac Show” (FOX)
· Dee Dee Davis – “The Bernie Mac Show” (FOX)
· Kyla Pratt – “One on One” (UPN)
· Telma Hopkins – “Half & Half” (UPN)
· Valarie Pettiford – “Half & Half” (UPN)


Television Drama:

6. Outstanding Drama Series
· “24” (FOX)
· “Boston Public” (FOX)
· “CSI: Miami” (CBS)
· “Soul Food” (Showtime)
· “The Wire” (HBO)

7. Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
· Dennis Haysbert – “24” (FOX)
· Gary Dourdan – “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (CBS)
· Jesse L. Martin – “Law and Order” (NBC)
· Steve Harris – “The Practice” (ABC)
· Wendell Pierce – “The Wire” (HBO)

8. Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
· CCH Pounder – “The Shield” (FX)
· Malinda Williams – “Soul Food” (Showtime)
· Nia Long – “Third Watch” (NBC)
· Nicole Ari Parker – “Soul Food” (Showtime)
· Vanessa Williams – “Soul Food” (Showtime)

9. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
· Boris Kodjoe – “Soul Food” (Showtime)
· Darrin Dewitt Henson – “Soul Food” (Showtime)
· Dulé Hill – “The West Wing” (NBC)
· Ice T – “Law and Order: SVU” (NBC)
· Mekhi Phifer – “ER” (NBC)

10. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
· Anna Deveare Smith – “The West Wing” (NBC)
· Loretta Devine – “Boston Public” (FOX)
· Pam Grier – “Law and Order: SVU” (NBC)
· Terri J. Vaughn – “Soul Food” (Showtime)
· Vanessa Bell Calloway – “The District” (CBS)

TV Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special:

11. Outstanding TV Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special
· “D. C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear” (USA Network)
· “Deacons for Defense” (Showtime)
· “Good Fences” (Showtime)
· “Jasper, Texas” (Showtime)
· “Sounder” (ABC)


12. Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special
· Charles S. Dutton – “D. C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear” (USA Network)
· Danny Glover – “Good Fences” (Showtime)
· Forest Whitaker – “Deacons for Defense” (Showtime)
· Louis Gossett, Jr. – “Jasper, Texas” (Showtime)
· Ossie Davis – “Deacons for Defense” (Showtime)

13. Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special
· Mo’Nique – “Good Fences” (Showtime)
· Suzzanne Douglass – “Sounder” (ABC)
· Vanessa Ferlito – “Undefeated” (HBO)
· Whoopi Goldberg – “Good Fences” (Showtime)

TV Daytime Dramas:

14. Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
· James Reynolds – “Days of Our Lives” (NBC)
· Keith Hamilton Cobb – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
· Kristoff St. John – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
· Timothy D. Stickney – “One Life to Live” (ABC)
· Tyler Christopher – “General Hospital” (ABC)

15. Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
· Renee Elise Goldsberry – “One Life to Live” (ABC)
· Tamara Tunie – “As the World Turns” (CBS)
· Tonya Lee Williams – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
· Tracey Ross – “Passions” (NBC)
· Victoria Rowell – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

TV News/ Talk/ Information & Variety Programming:

16. Outstanding TV News, Talk, or Information (Series or Special)
· “106th & Park: Denzel Washington” (BET)
· “American Experience: The Murder of Emmett Till” (PBS)
· “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (PBS)
· “Judge Mathis” (Syndicated)
· “Unchained Memories: Readings From the Slave Narratives” (HBO)

17. Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
· “11th Annual Trumpet Awards” (TBS)
· “The 3rd Annual BET Awards” (BET)
· “The 2003 Essence Awards” (FOX)
· “Chappelle’s Show” (Comedy Central)
· “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry” (HBO)

Television Youth or Children’s Series/ Special:

18. Outstanding Performance in a Youth/ Children’s Program
· Cree Summer – “All Grown Up” (Nickelodeon)
· Kyla Pratt – “The Proud Family” (Disney Channel)
· Lynn Whitfield – “The Cheetah Girls” (Disney Channel)
· Tommy Davidson – “The Proud Family” (Disney Channel)
· Raven – “That’s So Raven” (Disney Channel)

MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES

19. Outstanding Motion Picture
· “Bad Boys II” (Sony/ Columbia)
· “Bend It Like Beckham” (FOX Searchlight)
· “Deliver Us From Eva” (Focus Feature/ Universal)
· “The Fighting Temptations” (MTV/ Paramount)
· “Whale Rider” (New Market Film Group)

20. Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
· Cuba Gooding, Jr. – “Radio” (Sony/ Columbia)
· Denzel Washington – “Out of Time” (MGM)
· Laurence Fishburne – “The Matrix Revolutions” (Warner Brothers)
· Samuel L. Jackson – “S.W.A.T.” (Sony/ Columbia)
· Will Smith – “Bad Boys II” (Sony/ Columbia)

21. Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
· Beyoncé Knowles – “The Fighting Temptations” (MTV/ Paramount)
· Gabrielle Union – “Deliver Us From Eva” (Focus Features/ Universal)
· Halle Berry – “Gothika” (Warner Brothers)
· Keisha Castle-Hughes – “Whale Rider” (New Market Film Group)
· Queen Latifah – “Bringing Down the House” (Buena Vista Pictures)

22. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
· Bernie Mac – “Head of State” (DreamWorks Pictures)
· Charles S. Dutton – “Gothika” (Warner Brothers)
· Djimon Hounsou – “In America” (FOX Searchlight)
· Forest Whitaker – “Phone Booth” (20th Century FOX)
· Morgan Freeman – “Bruce Almighty” (Universal)

23. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
· Alfre Woodard – “Radio” (Sony/ Columbia)
· Gabrielle Union – “Bad Boys II” (Sony/ Columbia)
· Jada Pinkett Smith – “The Matrix Revolutions” (Warner Brothers)
· Nona Gaye – “The Matrix Revolutions” (Warner Brothers)
· Sanaa Lathan – “Out of Time” (MGM)


LITERATURE CATEGORIES

24. Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
· “A Poem Traveled Down My Arm: Poems and Drawings” – Alice Walker (Random House)
· “Diary of a Groupie” – Omar Tyree (Simon & Schuster)
· “Love” – Toni Morrison (Knopf)
· “The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni” – Nikki Giovanni (Harper Collins)
· “The Other Woman” – Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton/ Penguin Group)

25. Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
· “Always Wear Joy” – Susan Fales-Hill (Harper Collins)
· “A Right to be Hostile” – Aaron McGruder (Three Rivers Press)
· “Black Fathers” – Kristin Clark Taylor (Doubleday)
· “Growing Up King” – Dexter Scott King (Warner Books)
· “Why I Love Black Women” – Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas Books)

26. Outstanding Literary Work - Children’s
· “Events that Shaped America: The Montgomery Bus Boycott” – Frank Walsh and Sabrina Crewe (Gareth Stevens, Inc.)
· “God Created” – Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones (Fortress Press)
· “Li’l Dan the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story” – Romare Bearden (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
· “My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up With the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” – Christine King Farris (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
· “Who’s Got Game? The Ant or the Grasshopper?” – Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison (Scribner)

RECORDING CATEGORIES

27. Outstanding New Artist
· Anthony Hamilton – “Comin’ From Where I’m From” (Arista)
· Beyoncé – “Dangerously In Love” (Sony/Columbia Records)
· Byron Cage – “Byron Cage” (Gospocentric Records)
· Heather Headley – “This Is Who I Am” (RCA/ BMG)
· Ruben Studdard – “Soulful” (J Records/ BMG)

28. Outstanding Male Artist
· Gerald Levert (Elektra Records)
· Luther Vandross (J Records/ BMG)
· Mos Def (Universal Music Group)
· Musiq (Universal Music Group)
· Seal (Warner Brothers Records)


29. Outstanding Female Artist
· Alicia Keys (J Records/ BMG)
· Aretha Franklin (Arista)
· Beyoncé (Sony/ Columbia Records)
· Heather Headley (RCA/ BMG)
· Mary J. Blige (Geffen Records)

30. Outstanding Duo or Group
· The Black Eyed Peas (A&M Records)
· Mary J. Blige & Eve (Geffen Records)
· OutKast (Arista)
· The Neptunes (Arista)
· The Roots (Universal Music Group)

31. Outstanding Jazz Artist
· Aaron Neville – “Nature Boy: The Standards Album” (Verve Records/ Universal)
· Dave Koz – “Honey-Dipped” (Capitol Records)
· Ramsey Lewis – “Simple Pleasures” (Narada Jazz/ EMI)
· Roy Hargrove – “Roy Hargrove Presents: The RH Factor – Hard Groove” (Verve Records/ Universal)
· Wayman Tisdale – “21 Days” (Tisway Records)

32. Outstanding Gospel Artist (Traditional or Contemporary)
· Bishop T. D. Jakes & The Potter’s House Mass Choir – “A Wing & A Prayer” (EMI Gospel)
· Byron Cage – “Byron Cage” (Gospocentric Records)
· Donnie McClurkin – “Donnie McClurkin…Again” (Verity Records)
· Shirley Caesar – “Shirley Caesar and Friends” (Word Label Group)
· Vickie Winans – “Bringing It All Together” (Verity Records)

33. Outstanding Music Video
· Beyoncé – “Crazy in Love” (Director: Jake Nava)
· India.Arie – “Truth” (Directors: Sanna Hamri, India.Arie)
· Luther Vandross – “Dance With My Father” (Director: Diane Martel)
· OutKast – “The Way You Move” (Director: Bryan Barber)
· OutKast – “Hey Ya” (Director: Bryan Barber)

34. Outstanding Song
· “Crazy In Love” – Beyoncé (Sony/ Columbia Records)
· “Dance With My Father” – Luther Vandross (J Records/ BMG)
· “Hey Ya” – OutKast (Arista)
· “The Way You Move” – OutKast (Arista)
· “You Don’t Know My Name” – Alicia Keys (J Records/ BMG)

35. Outstanding Album
· “Chocolate Factory” – R. Kelly (Jive Records/ BMG)
· “Dance With My Father” – Luther Vandross (J Records/ BMG)
· “The Diary of Alicia Keys” – Alicia Keys (J Records/ BMG)
· “Love & Life” – Mary J. Blige (Geffen Records)
· “Speakerboxxx-The Love Below” – OutKast (Arista)


CONTACT: NAACP Office of Communications 410.580.5125