NAACP award nominations singing 'Dreamgirls' tune

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‘‘Dreamgirls’’ hit yet another high note by garnering eight NAACP Image Awards nominations Tuesday, including one for best motion picture. ‘‘Dreamgirls’’ star Beyonce Knowles led the individual nominees with five nods. ...

The period musical from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures also nabbed mentions for best actor (Jamie Foxx), actress (Beyonce Knowles), supporting actor (Danny Glover, Eddie Murphy), supporting actress (Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Hudson) and soundtrack.

The stars of ‘‘Akeelah and the Bee’’ — Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett — also earned acting nominations, as did Djimon Honsou of ‘‘Blood Diamond’’ and ‘‘Pursuit of Happyness’’ stars Thandie Newton, Will Smith and his son, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith.

Other big-screen acting nominees were Forest Whitaker (‘‘The Last King of Scotland’’), Denzel Washington (‘‘Inside Man’’), Harry Belafonte (‘‘Bobby’’) and Kerry Washington (‘‘The Last King of Scotland’’).

On the TV side, CBS led the pack with 19 nominations, followed by the CW with 17. ‘‘Everybody Hates Chris’’ received eight nominations, including best comedy director. ‘‘Girlfriends’’ received six nominations, including best comedy director and writer.

Sony Urban picked up the most music noms with seven, including four for Beyonce, and that tied Mary J. Blige for the most by an individual artist. Capitol and Universal followed with five nominations apiece.

Coming in at three nominations apiece were John Legend, India.Arie and U.K. newcomer Corinne Bailey Rae. Additional multiple nominees include Jay-Z, Prince and Gnarls Barkley. Joining Rae in the outstanding new artist category are two fellow Capitol acts, Cherish and LeToya, as well as Mario Vazquez and Chicago's Lupe Fiasco.

Vanessa L. Williams, Isaiah Washington, Chandra Wilson, Shaun Robinson and DB Woodside joined NAACP executives to announce the nominees in 35 categories for the 38th installment of the kudoscast during a news conference at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the 98-year-old civil rights organization, honors projects and individuals that promote diversity in the arts in film, TV, music and literature. This year’s show, dubbed ‘‘Youth Create Change,’’ airs live from 7-9 p.m. March 2 on Fox.

This year, more than 1,200 entries were received. From those entries, a committee of 300 industry professionals and NAACP leaders selected the nominees. Final selections are voted on by NAACP members, and winners will be announced during the telecast.

AP/Hollywood Reporter/Billboard

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