Halle Berry and Tyler Perry to Host NAACP Image Awards

LOS ANGELES -- Academy Award winner Halle Berry and actor-screenwriter Tyler Perry will host the 40th NAACP Image Awards, which will be broadcast live Feb. 12 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the event's organizers announced Tuesday.

"Halle and Tyler have broken many barriers in the entertainment industry," said Clayola Brown, the NAACP's chairwoman of the Image Awards.

"In this historic centennial year, their successes remind us of the immense progress that has been made in the last 100 years and gives us continued hope for the progress that our nation will achieve in the future."

Image Awards nominations will be announced Jan. 7.

Berry, who won acclaim for her roles in "Jungle Fever" and "Bulworth," won a best actress Academy Award in 2002 for her role in "Monster's Ball."

Perry is known for such films as "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and "Madea's Family Reunion."

The awards will be presented on the NAACP's 100th anniversary. Two Nobel Peace Prize winners, former Vice President Al Gore and Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Muta Maathai, will be honored with the Chairman's Award at the Feb. 12 presentation.

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