Apple TV+ scores 11 nominations for NAACP Image Awards


The Banker is the first original movie from Apple TV+.
Apple's first Apple TV+ movie picked up a bunch of nominations.
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Cupertino’s having a great week when it comes to Apple TV+ award nominations. Alongside being shortlisted for several Golden Globes, Apple also picked up 11 nominations for its shows (and one movie) for the 52nd NAACP Image Awards.

These include (deep breath):

  • The Oprah Conversation for Outstanding Talk Series
  • Verzuz for Outstanding Variety Show
  • Central Park for Outstanding Animated Series
  • The Banker, for Outstanding Ensemble Cast and Outstanding Independent Motion Picture, plus two individual acting nominations,
  • Little America, with a pair of nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and one for Outstanding Direction
  • Little Voice for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.

More on NAACP Apple TV+ awards

Started in 1967, the NAACP Image Awards is an annual awards ceremony organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It honors outstanding performances in movies, TV, music and literature.

Netflix led the pack with 51 nominations this year. The awards show will take place on March 27 as a simulcast across all ViacomCBS Networks including BET, CBS and MTV.

Below are the full nominations for Apple+.

Outstanding Talk Series: The Oprah Conversation
Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special): Verzuz
Outstanding Animated Series: Central Park
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Anthony Mackie, The Banker
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Nia Long, The Banker
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture: The Banker
Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture: The Banker
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: Lee Eisenberg, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Little America “The Rock”
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: Rajiv Joseph, Little America “The Manager”
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Jessica Lamour, Little Voice “Love Hurts”
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Aurora Guerrero, Little America “The Jaguar”

Apple supposedly made winning awards a big part of its Apple TV+ strategy. It has also pushed for diversity in its Apple TV+ output, as well as in other parts of its business. This latter decision can be seen through the diverse number of artists who have been nominated for these awards. That’s despite the comparatively paltry (in quantity, not quality) number of shows that Apple makes.

What is your favorite Apple TV+ show or movie so far? Do you think the artists nominated above deserve to win their respective categories? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Deadline


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