Tyler Perry Comes Up Big in NAACP Image Awards Noms

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Writer/producer Tyler Perry loomed large at Wednesday's unveiling of the 40th NAACP Image Awards nominations, with his series "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" receiving the most television nods and his films "Meet the Browns" and "The Family That Preys" earning nominations in motion picture categories.

The NAACP Image Awards honor projects and people who promote diversity in the arts in television, recording, literature and motion pictures. The nominations were announced at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
"Tyler Perry's House of Payne" led the television categories with six nominations, garnering nods in all five TV comedy categories, including two for best supporting actor.

"Ugly Betty" earned five nominations, while "The Game" and "Grey's Anatomy" each earned four.

"House of Payne" will compete for top TV comedy honors with "30 Rock," "Everybody Hates Chris," "The Game" and "Ugly Betty."

"Grey's Anatomy" was nominated for best television drama, along with "House," "Lincoln Heights," "The Unit" and "The Wire."

In the film categories, "Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys" was nominated for outstanding motion picture, along with "Cadillac Records," "Miracle at St. Anna," "The Secret Life of Bees" and "Seven Pounds."

Alfre Woodard was nominated for outstanding actress for her work in "The Family That Preys," while Angela Bassett was nominated in the same category for "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns."

"The Secret Life of Bees" collected seven nominations in the film categories, including outstanding motion picture, outstanding actress nods for Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah, a supporting actor nod for Nate Parker and supporting-actress nominations for Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Sophie Okonedo."

The Image Awards will be presented Feb. 12 at the Shrine Auditorium. Perry and actress Halle Berry will host the ceremony.

Here is a complete list of nominations:
Outstanding Comedy Series
"30 Rock"
"Everybody Hates Chris"
"The Game"
"Tyler Perry's House of Payne"
"Ugly Betty"
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Donald Faison, "Scrubs"
LaVan Davis, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne"
Paul James, "Greek"
Terry Crews, "Everybody Hates Chris"
Tyler James Williams, "Everybody Hates Chris"
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty"
Cassi Davis, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne"
Tia Mowry, "The Game"
Tichina Arnold, "Everybody Hates Chris"
Tracee Ellis Ross, "Girlfriends"
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Blair Underwood, "The New Adventures of Old Christine"
Dule Hill, "Psych"
Lance Gross, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne"
Larramie `Doc' Shaw, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne"
Tracy Morgan, "30 Rock"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Keshia Knight Pulliam, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne"
Tisha Campbell-Martin, "Rita Rocks"
Vanessa Williams, "Ugly Betty:
Wanda Sykes, "The New Adventures of Old Christine"
Wendy Raquel Robinson, "The Game"
Outstanding Drama Series
"Grey's Anatomy"
"Lincoln Heights"
"The Unit"
"The Wire"
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Anthony Anderson, "Law & Order"
Blair Underwood, "In Treatment"
Dennis Haysbert, "The Unit"
Hill Harper, "CSI: NY"
Omar Epps, "House"
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
CCH Pounder, "The Shield"
Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy"
Loretta Divine, "Eli Stone"
Nicki Micheaux, "Lincoln Heights"
Wendy Davis, "Army Wives"
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Blair Underwood, "Dirty Sexy Money"
James Pickens Jr., "Grey's Anatomy"
Laurence Fishburne, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
Michael Kenneth Williams, "The Wire"
Taye Diggs, "Private Practice"
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alfre Woodard, "My Own Worst Enemy"
Angela Bassett, "ER"
Audra McDonald, "Private Practice"
S. Epatha Merkerson, "Law & Order"
Sonja Sohn, "The Wire"
Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
"24: Redemption"
"A Raisin in The Sun"
"Accidental Friendship"
"House of Saddam"
"Racing For Time"
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Andre Braugher, "The Andromeda Strain"
Ben Vereen, "Accidental Friendship"
Charles S. Dutton, "Racing For Time"
Sean Combs, "A Raisin in The Sun"
Sean Patrick Thomas, "A Raisin in The Sun"
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Audra McDonald, "A Raisin in The Sun"
Chandra Wilson, "Accidental Friendship"
Phylicia Rashad, "A Raisin in The Sun"
Sanaa Lathan, "A Raisin in The Sun"
Vanessa Williams, "Flirting With Forty"
Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Bryton McClure, "The Young And The Restless"
Cornelius Smith Jr., "All My Children"
Dan Martin, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Montell Williams, "The Guiding Light"
Texas Battle, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Christel Khalil, "The Young And The Restless"
Debbi Morgan, "All My Children"
Eva Marcille, "The Young and the Restless"
Nia Peeples, "The Young and the Restless"
Tonya Lee Williams, "The Young and the Restless"
Outstanding News/Information - (Series or Special)
"American Gangster"
"Anderson Cooper 360: Race in America"
"An Oprah Winfrey Show Special Event: The Dream Lives - A Martin
Luther King Day Special"
"In Conversation: Michelle Obama Interview"
"Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel"
Outstanding Talk - (Series)
"Iconoclasts: Venus Williams & Wyclef Jean"
"Judge Mathis"
"Tavis Smiley"
"The Tyra Banks Show"
"The View"
Outstanding Reality - (Series)
"American Idol 7"
"Dancing with the Stars"
"Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is"
"Project Runway"
"Run's House 5"
Outstanding Variety - (Series or Special)
"American Idol 7: Idol Gives Back"
"BET Awards '08"
"Chris Rock - Kill the Messenger"
"Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam"
"UNCF An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Smokey Robinson"

Outstanding Children's Program
"Cheetah Girls: One World"
"Cory in the House"
"Dora The Explorer"
"Go, Diego, Go"
"True Jackson, VP"
Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program - Series or Special
Caitlin Sanchez, "Cheetah Girls: One World"
Keke Palmer, "True Jackson"
Kyle Massey, "Cory in the House"
Lil' JJ, "Just Jordan"
Selena Gomez, "Wizards of Waverly Place"
Outstanding New Artist
Anthony David (Soulbird/Universal Republic)
Estelle (Atlantic/Homeschool)
Jazmine Sullivan (J Records)
Jennifer Hudson (Arista)
Leona Lewis (J Records/Syco)
Outstanding Male Artist
Chris Brown (Jive/Zomba)
Common (G.o.o.d. Music/Geffen Records)
Jamie Foxx (J Records)
John Legend (Columbia Records)
Will.i.am (Will.i.am Music Group/Interscope Records)
Outstanding Female Artist
Alicia Keys (J Records)
Beyonce (MusicWorld/Columbia Records)
Jennifer Hudson (Arista)
Mariah Carey (Island Def Jam)
Rihanna (Island Def Jam)
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Anthony David & India.Arie (Soulbird/Universal Republic)
Estelle feat. Kanye West (Atlantic/Homeschool)
Jennifer Hudson feat. Fantasia (Arista)
Jordin Sparks feat. Chris Brown (Jive/Zomba)
Natalie Cole/ Nat "King" Cole (DMI Records)
Outstanding Jazz Artist
Esperanza Spalding, "Esperanza"
James Carter, "Present Tense"
Natalie Cole, "Still Unforgettable"
The Roy Hargrove Quintet, "Earfood"
Sonny Rollins, "Road Shows Vol. 1"
Outstanding Gospel Artist - (Traditional or Contemporary)
Hezekiah Walker (Zomba Gospel)
Marvin Sapp (Zomba Gospel)
Mary Mary (Columbia Records)
Regina Belle (Pendulum Records/Walker Davis Entertainment)
Take 6 (Heads Up International)
Outstanding World Music Album
Cheryl Keyes, "Let Me Take You There"
Esperanza Spalding, "Esperanza"
Miquel Zen'on, "Awake"
Omega Bugembe Okello, "Kiwombra Emmeeme"
Toumani Diabate, "The Mande Variations"
Outstanding Music Video
"If I Were A Boy," Beyonce
"Single Ladies," Beyonce
"Spotlight," Jennifer Hudson
"Superwoman," Alicia Keys
"Yes We Can," Will.i.am
Outstanding Song
"Greenlight," John Legend
"Single Ladies," Beyonce
"Spotlight," Jennifer Hudson
"Superwoman," Alicia Keys
"Yes We Can," Will.i.am
Outstanding Album
Beyonce, "I Am … Sasha Fierce"
Jennifer Hudson, "Jennifer Hudson"
Kanye West, "808 & Heartbreaks"
Ne-Yo, "Year of the Gentleman"
Seal, "Soul"

Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction
"Blood Colony: A Novel," Tananarive Due
"Going Down South: A Novel," Bonnie J. Glover
"In the Night of the Heat: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel," Blair
Underwood, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes
"Just Too Good to Be True," E. Lynn Harris
"Song Yet Sung," James McBride
Outstanding Literary Work - Non-Fiction
"Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom," Cornel West
"Letter to My Daughter," Maya Angelou
"Moving to Higher Ground," Wynton Marsalis, Geoffrey Ward
"The Sea is So Wide And My Boat Is So Small," Marian Wright Edelman
"There's No Traffic on the Extra Mile: Lessons on the Road From
Dreams to Destiny," Rickey Minor

Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author
"Barack, Race, and the Media: Drawing My Own Conclusion," David
Glenn Brown
"The Beautiful Struggle," Ta-Nehisi Coates
"Homeroom Heroes: Freshman Edition," Michael B. Jordan, Rahfeal Gordan
"No Way Home," Carlos Acosta
"War of the Blood In My Veins," Dashaun "Jiwe" Morris
Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/Auto-Biography
"21 Nights," Prince
"Baldwin's Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin," Herb Boyd
"The Black List," Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Elvis Mitchell
"The Legs Are The Last To Go," Diahann Carroll
"Maya Angelou: A Glorious Celebration," Marcia Ann Gillespie, Rosa
Johnson Butler, Richard A. Long
Outstanding Literary Work - Instructional
"32 Ways To Be A Champion In Business," Earvin "Magic" Johnson
"The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life," Kevin Powell
"Dining In," G. Garvin
"Good is not Enough and Other Unwritten Rules for Minority
Professionals," Keith R. Wyche
"Tapping the Power Within: A Path To Self-Empowerment For Women,"
Iyanla Vanzant
Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry
"Hardheaded Weather," Cornelius Eady
"Hip Hop Speaks To Children: A Celebration of Poetry With A Beat,"
Nikki Giovanni
"Honoring the Ancestors," James Cherry
"Things I Must Have Known," AB Spellman
"Warhorses," Yusef Komunyakaa
Outstanding Literary Work - Children
"Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem," Maya Angelou
"Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope," Nikki Grimes
"Say a Little Prayer," Dionne Warwick, David Freeman Wooley, Tonya
"We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball," Kadir Nelson
"You Can Do It!," Tony Dungy
Outstanding Literary Work - Youth/Teens
"Beacon Hills High," Mo'Nique Imes Jackson, Sherri McGee McCovey
"Joseph," Sheila P. Moses
"Letters To A Young Sister: Define Your Destiny," Hill Harper
"Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s American Heroes: Robert Smalls, The Boat
Thief," Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
"Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Plum Fantastic," Whoopi Goldberg, Nancy Cato

Outstanding Motion Picture
"Cadillac Records"
"Miracle at St. Anna"
"The Secret Life of Bees"
"Seven Pounds"
"Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys"
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Derek Luke, "Miracle at St. Anna"
Don Cheadle, "Traitor"
Jeffrey Wright, "Cadillac Records"
Rob Brown, "The Express"
Will Smith, "Seven Pounds"
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Alfre Woodard, "Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys"
Angela Bassett, "Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns"
Dakota Fanning, "The Secret Life of Bees"
Queen Latifah, "The Secret Life of Bees"
Rosario Dawson, "Seven Pounds"
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Cedric the Entertainer, "Cadillac Records"
Columbus Short, "Cadillac Records"
Dev Patel, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Mos Def, "Cadillac Records"
Nate Parker, "The Secret Life of Bees"
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Alicia Keys, "The Secret Life of Bees"
Beyonce Knowles, "Cadillac Records"
Jennifer Hudson, "The Secret Life of Bees"
Sophie Okonedo, "The Secret Life of Bees"
Taraji P. Henson, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
"Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom"
"Rachel Getting Married"
"Slumdog Millionaire"
"The Visitor"
Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
"Captain Abu Raed"
"The Class"
"Song of Sparrows"
"Under the Same Moon"

Outstanding Documentary
"The Black List"
"Black Magic"
"CNN Presents: Black in America"
"Dare Not Walk Alone"
"Trouble the Water"

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Aaron McGruder & Rodney Barnes, "The Boondocks"
Erica D. Montolfo, "The Game"
Marc Wilmore, "The Simpsons"
Ryan Koh, "The Office"
Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally, "Ugly Betty"
Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, "Friday Night Lights"
Janine Sherman Barrois, "ER"
Kathleen McGhee-Anderson, "Lincoln Heights"
Liz Friedman & Sara Hess, "House"
Shonda Rhimes, "Grey's Anatomy"
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
Darnell Martin, "Cadillac Records"
Gina Prince-Bythewood, "The Secret Life of Bees"
Jenny Lumet, "Rachel Getting Married"
Paris Qualles, "A Raisin In The Sun"
Patrik-Ian Polk & John R. Gordon, "Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom"

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