Saying that time flew will be quite the understatement. It literally seems like yesterday that I was taking self-inventory and assessing what my resolutions were for 2017. Now we sit days away from closing the chapter on the year. Along with that comes reflection. The entertainment industry has doled out quite a few trinkets in praise of the best performances of the calendar year, but quite a few prestigious awards are still to be determined. Hollywood’s awards season is officially commenced with the Golden Globes nominees, announced last Monday, props to the following African-American artists who made the cut. Listed below are those we should have our pom poms out for:
Best TV Drama
“This Is Us”
Best TV Musical or Comedy
Best Actress in a TV Comedy
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Best Actor in a TV Comedy or
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Best Motion Picture Comedy
Best Actor in a Motion Picture
Comedy or Musical
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Best Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington, “Roman
J. Israel, Esq.”
Surprisingly, the best shot to take home an honor, because of multiple nominations, is Mary J. Blige, who received a nod, along with Octavia Spencer, for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture category for their respective works in “Mudbound” and “The Shape of Water,” and for Best Original Song, “Mighty River,” along with Raphael Saadiq (“Mudbound”).
The show is set to air live Jan. 7, 2018, on NBC.
The following Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, comes the pre-eminent multicultural awards show, the 49th NAACP Image Awards. The two-hour live TV special, hosted by Anthony Anderson, will air on TV One at 9 p.m., with a one-hour, live red-carpet pre-show at 8 p.m. The evening will be the culmination of a day of volunteer service, citizen action and celebration on the national holiday honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For the first time in its history, voting for the 49th NAACP Image Awards will be open to the public. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite nominees in 36 different categories across film, television and music. Voting ends Dec. 15, so depending on when you’re reading this article, there’s still time. In previous years, winners of the awards were selected only by members of the NAACP. This year, members of the public who are not NAACP members can cast votes by visiting the NAACP Image Awards online at Naacpimageawards.Net.
“We are excited about the opportunity to open voting to the public,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO. “The Image Awards represents a universe of powerful stories and images, told in ways that express our beauty and make us proud.”
Although this year voters aren’t required to be members of the association, the NAACP encourages those who participate in this year’s voting process to become members. “To become a member of the NAACP is to join a community of individuals from all facets of life who like you are committed to the elimination of discrimination of any type and making our nation a better place for all people,” said Johnson.
As a tease, contending for the top honor NAACP Entertainer of the Year are the following six nominees: Chadwick Boseman, Ava DuVernay, Bruno Mars, Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper and JAY-Z.
Over and out. Holla next week. Til then, enjoy the nightlife.