The 40th NAACP Image Awards nominees were announced today during a press conference at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Corbin Bleu, Audra McDonald, Keke Palmer, Nate Parker and Regina Taylor joined NAACP Image Awards Committee Chair, Clayola Brown, and Vicangelo Bulluck, Executive Producer of the telecast, to announce the categories and nominees. The 40th NAACP Image Awards will air live on Thursday, February 12 (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT Tape-delayed) on FOX.

“Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom” was nominated for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture.  In addition, creator, Patrik-Ian Polk was nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture.

Recently self-outed Black lesbian Wanda Sykes received a nomination in the category of  Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series her work on “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

Our favorite E. Lynn Harris was nominated for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction for his “Just Too Good to Be True.”

Academy Award-winner Halle Berry and acclaimed screenwriter/actor Tyler Perry, both recipients of an NAACP Image Award, will host the 40th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, broadcast live from Los Angeles’ historic Shrine Auditorium. This star-studded event, which coincides with the NAACP’s 100th anniversary, will kick off the organization’s year-long centennial celebration. Previously announced honorees include Former Vice President Al Gore and Dr. Wangari Maathai, who will both receive the Chairman’s Award.

The ABC network leads with a total of 24 nominations, followed by CBS with 14, and The CW and NBC both with 10. HBO has 9, with FOX coming in with 7. Television shows “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” received 6 nominations, followed by “Ugly Betty” with 5 and “Everybody Hates Chris”, “The Game” and “Grey’s Anatomy” each with 4.

Columbia Records leads the Recording category with 8 nominations, including 5 for Beyoncé.
J Records and Arista both followed with 6 nominations apiece, and Island Def Jam has 4.

In the Motion Picture category, Fox Searchlight received 11 nominations. Sony Music Films/Parkwood Pictures follows with 7 nominations, and Columbia Pictures, Lionsgate and Sony Pictures Classics each have 3.

This year, over 1,200 entries were received. From those entries, a special committee of 300 industry professionals and NAACP leaders as well as a few specialized subcommittees from across the country selected five nominees in each of 53 categories. Any artist, manager, publicist, production company, record label, studio, network or publishing house could submit an entry to the NAACP Image Awards. The final selections are voted on by NAACP members, and winners will be announced during the live airing of the 40th NAACP Image Awards.

Click here for complete list of nominations.