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NAACP Image Awards: 'The Help' leads the nominee pack

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Actress Octavia Spencer accepts the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role award for "The Help" onstage during the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Awards season keeps on rolling tonight with the 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards. The awards celebrate the achievements of people of color in film, television, music and literature. They’ll be handed out at the Shrine Auditorium.

Leading the pack this year is “The Help,” the gripping civil rights story that’s also expected to grab some Oscar gold. "The Help" has eight Image nominations, including five members of the ensemble cast, and a nod for Best Picture.

Other nominated films including "Jumping the Broom," "Pariah," "The First Grader" and "Tower Heist."

Lots of familiar names were nominated for their work in television: Samuel L. Jackson for his role in HBO’s “The Sunset Limited,” Laurence Fishburne for HBO's “Thurgood,” Tracy Morgan for NBC’s “30 Rock,” Vanessa Williams in ABC’s "Desperate Housewives" and Malcolm Jamal-Warner - remember him from "the Cosby Show"?

He’s nominated for the BET series, "Reed Between the Lines."


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