‘12 Years a Slave’ nabs Image Awards nods
In a year rich with black-oriented films, nominees for the NAACP Image Awards include “12 Years a Slave” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”
“Fruitvale Station,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “The Best Man Holiday” are the other nominees for outstanding motion picture, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced Thursday.
The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards, which honor diversity in the arts, will be presented in a Feb. 22 ceremony airing on the TV One channel.
Other nominees include best-movie-actor contenders Chadwick Boseman for “42,” Chiwetel Ejiofor for “12 Years a Slave,” Forest Whitaker for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Idris Elba for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and Michael B. Jordan for “Fruitvale Station.”
The outstanding actress nominees are Angela Bassett for “Black Nativity,” Halle Berry for “The Call,” Jennifer Hudson for “Winnie Mandela,” Kerry Washington for “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples” and Nicole Beharie for “42.”
In the outstanding supporting actor category, nods went to Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo and Terrence Howard for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and to Howard and Morris Chestnut for “The Best Man Holiday.”
The nominees for outstanding supporting actress are Alfre Woodard and Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave,” Naomie Harris for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Octavia Spencer for “Fruitvale Station” and Oprah Winfrey for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”
On the television side, nominations for outstanding comedy series went to “House of Lies,” “Modern Family,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” “The Game” and “The Soul Man,” while “Boardwalk Empire,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “The Good Wife” and “Treme” earned dramatic- series nods.
Poet-playwright Amiri Baraka dies at 79
Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture, has died. He was 79.
His booking agent, Celeste Bateman, told The Associated Press that Baraka, who had been hospitalized since last month, died Thursday at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
Perhaps no writer of the 1960s and ’70s was more radical or polarizing than the former LeRoi Jones, and no one did more to extend the political debates of the civil-rights era to the world of the arts. He inspired at least one generation of poets, playwrights and musicians, and his immersion in spoken-word traditions and raw street language anticipated rap, hip-hop and slam poetry.
Independent Film Channel now just IFC
Television’s Independent Film Channel is no more.
Viewers of “Portlandia” or other quirky comedies probably had figured that out by now. But the network’s general manager, Jennifer Caserta, said Thursday that the corporate paperwork has been signed to change the network’s name to IFC.
It’s another example of how networks evolve over time with their names and images sometimes catching up to them, such as when The Learning Channel became TLC as its programming changed dramatically. The initials IFC now officially stand for nothing.