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NAACP Image Awards Nominees Include 'Beasts,' 'Django' & 'Flight' -- 'Middle of Nowhere' Shut Out of Best Picture Race

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 12, 2012 at 2:28PM

The NAACP Image Award nominations were announced December 11, with Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" and Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere" nabbing recognition across multiple categories.
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Middle of Nowhere
Ava DuVernay's 'Middle of Nowhere'

The NAACP Image Award nominations were announced December 11, with Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" and Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere" nabbing recognition across multiple categories. InContention's Guy Lodge points out that DuVernay's feature oddly didn't receive a Best Picture nomination, being passed over for "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" and Tuskegee-pilots actioner "Red Tails." Stranger still, it didn't even register in the Best Independent Motion Picture category. "Middle of Nowhere" is, however, nominated for the Indie Spirits' John Cassavetes Award.

Full list below.

Best Picture

"Beasts of the Southern Wild"

"Django Unchained"

"Flight"

"Red Tails"

"Tyler Perry's Good Deeds"

Best Actor

Jamie Foxx, "Django Unchained"

Morgan Freeman, "The Magic of Belle Isle"

Tyler Perry, "Alex Cross"

Suraj Sharma, "Life of Pi"

Denzel Washington, "Flight"

Best Actress

Halle Berry, "Cloud Atlas"

Emayatzy Corinealdi, "Middle of Nowhere"

Viola Davis, "Won't Back Down"

Loretta Devine, "In The Hive"

Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Best Supporting Actor

Don Cheadle, "Flight"

Dwight Henry, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Samuel L. Jackson, "Django Unchained"

Lenny Kravitz, "The Hunger Games"

David Oyelowo, "Middle of Nowhere"

Best Supporting Actress

Taraji P. Henson, "Think Like a Man"

Phylicia Rashad, "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds"

Gloria Reuben, "Lincoln"

Amandla Stenberg, "The Hunger Games"

Kerry Washington, "Django Unchained"

Best Independent Motion Picture

"Beasts of the Southern Wild"

"Chico & Rita"

"Red Tails"

"Unconditional"

"Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day"

Best International Motion Picture

"Chico & Rita"

"For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada"

"The Intouchables"

"The Raid: Redemption"

"Special Forces"

Best Documentary (TV or Film)

"Black Wings"

"Brooklyn Castle"

"First Position"

"Marley"

"On the Shoulders of Giants - The Story of the Greatest Team You've Never Heard Of"

Best Writing (TV or Film)

Elizabeth Hunter, "Abducted: The Carlina White Story"

John Gatins, "Flight"

John Ridley, Aaron McGruder, "Red Tails"

Keith Merryman, David A. Newman, "Think Like a Man"

Ol Parker, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.