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The Help has been nominated for eight prizes at this year’s National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People’s (NAACP) Image Awards. The civil rights drama will vye against Jumping the Broom, Pariah, The First Grader and Tower Heist in the outstanding film category.Medical drama Grey’s Anatomy and football sitcom The Game ruled the TV categories with six nominations each.

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The Help, which is based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel of the same name, has already won several honours in the early awards season. The movie is expected to be a strong contender at the Academy Awards, which take place next month. Octavia Spencer, who recently took home the Golden Globe for best supporting actress, received a nod in the same category, along with Bryce Dallas Howard and Cicely Tyson.

The film’s director and writer, Tate Taylor, was nominated in both those categories and Emma Stone and Viola Davis, who both star in the film, were both nominated as best actress.

Eddie Murphy, Laurence Fishburne, Vin Diesel, Oliver Litondo and Laz Alonso complete the best actor category. In the music categories, Beyonce and Jill Scott led the way with four nominations apiece. Both artists will compete against Jennifer Hudson, Ledisi and Mary J. Blige in the outstanding female artist category. Winners of the NAACP Awards will be announced on the broadcast on NBC on Feb. 17 at 8PM EST.

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Check the artists receiving nods below.

Outstanding Song

‘Best Thing I Never Had,’ Beyonce

‘Fool for You,’ Cee Lo Green feat. Melanie Fiona

‘I Smile,’ Kirk Franklin

‘So In Love,’ Jill Scott feat. Anthony Hamilton

‘Someone Like You,’ Adele

Outstanding Album

’4,’ Beyonce

‘F.A.M.E.,’ Chris Brown

‘I Remember Me,’ Jennifer Hudson

‘Lasers,’ Lupe Fiasco

‘The Light of the Sun,’ Jill Scott

Outstanding New Artist


Diggy Simmons

Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.

Mindless Behavior

Wynter Gordon

Outstanding Male Artist

Anthony Hamilton

Bruno Mars

Cee Lo Green

Chris Brown


Outstanding Female Artist


Jennifer Hudson

Jill Scott


Mary J. Blige

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

Boyz II Men

Cee Lo Green feat. Melanie Fiona

Mary J. Blige feat. Drake

Sounds of Blackness

The Roots

Outstanding Music Video

’25/8,’ Mary J. Blige

‘Hear My Call,’ Jill Scott

‘I Was Here,’ Beyonce

‘Someone Like You,’ Adele

‘Where You At,’ Jennifer Hudson

Outstanding Jazz Album

‘Chano y Dizzy,’ Terence Blanchard and Poncho Sanchez

‘Friends,’ Stanley Jordan

‘Guitar Man,’ George Benson

‘Legacy,’ Gerald Wilson

‘Road Show Vol. 2,’ Sonny Rollins

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

‘Becoming,’ Yolanda Adams

‘Church on the Moon,’ Deitrick Haddon

‘Hello Fear,’ Kirk Franklin

‘Something Big,’ Mary Mary

‘The Journey,’ Andrae Crouch

Outstanding World Music Album

‘Afrodiaspora,’ Susana Baca

‘Carnival Fever,’ Brother B

‘Live at 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival,’ Boukman Eksperyans

‘Sounds of Blackness,’ Sounds of Blackness

‘The First Grader,’ Alex Heffes

The Help Leads NAACP Awards Nomination List  was originally published on

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