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BET's Book of Negroes Receives Two Critics' Choice Nominations

BET's Book of Negroes Receives Two Critics' Choice Nominations

Plus, nods for Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson and Queen Latifah.

Published May 7, 2015

It's that time of year again! The nominations for the fifth annual Critics' Choice Television Awards were announced, with some popular names being recognized for their work.

BET's Book of Negroes received two nominations in the categories for Best Limited Series and Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series (Aunjanue Ellis). In the category of Best Actress in a Drama Series, Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis go head-to-head for their respective roles in Empire and How to Get Away With Murder. Acting veteran Cicely Tyson was also nominated for her role in the Shonda Rhimes-produced series in the Guest Performer in a Drama Series category.

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The FOX drama Empire was also nominated for Best Drama Series alongside other favorites The Good Wife, Homeland and Orange Is the New Black. The Netflix original series was also nominated in the category for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Lorraine Toussaint's role as Yvonne "Vee" Parker.

HBO's upcoming biopic Bessie also snagged four nominations: one in the category of Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series (Queen Latifah), two for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Limited Series (Mo'Nique and Khandi Alexander) and another for Best Movie Made for Television.

The fifth annual Critics' Choice Television Awards will be broadcast live on A&E on Sunday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m.

Watch Book of Negroes star Aunjanue Ellis speak on her character, Aminata Diallo, below:

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Written by Moriba Cummings

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