2023 NAACP Image Awards: Meet the Dashing Nominees of the ‘Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture’ Category

The group includes several future household names and an industry veteran.

Will Smith, Daniel Kaluuya, and Jonathan Majors are just several male entertainers up for one the most significant honors at the 2023 NAACP Image Awards, “Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.” However, before we find out who will take home the big win, get to know the dashing nominees of this year’s "Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture" category. And don’t forget to catch the biggest celebration in Black Hollywood airing live on Saturday, February 25th, 2023, at 8:00 PM ET on BET.

  • Daniel Kaluuya / Nope

    Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Kaluuya teams up with Primetime Emmy Award-winning actress Keke Palmer for Jordan Peele’s neo-western sci-fi horror Nope as Otis "OJ" Haywood Jr., and Emerald "Em" Haywood, two horse-wrangling siblings as they attempt to capture evidence of an unidentified flying object.

  • Jonathan Majors / Devotion

    Season actor Jonathan Majors in Ensign Jesse Brown, in the 2022 historical film about the true story of the first Black aviator in U.S. Navy history and his enduring friendship with fellow white fighter pilot Tom Hudner during the Korean War.

  • Joshua Boone / A Jazzman’s Blues

    Rising star Joshua Boone stars in Tyler Perry’s drama A Jazzman’s Blues as the male lead Bayou across actress Solea Pfeiffer as Leanne.  The story tells the “tale of forbidden love, and family drama unravels 40 years of secrets and lies in the deep south during an unsolved murder investigation.”

  • Sterling K. Brown / Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul

    Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown is downright hilarious as Pastor LEe-Curtis Childs in this 2022 comedy Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul was written, directed, and produced by Adamma Ebo in what marks her directorial debut.

    The film also stars actress Regina Hall and follows the first lady and her husband, a megachurch pastor, who attempt to reopen and rebuild their congregation following a major scandal.

  • Will Smith / Emancipation

    Will Smith is Whipped Peter, in the film loosely based on the real-life story of Peter, an escaped enslaved man known as the subject of photographs documenting the extensive keloid scarring of his back from whippings. The dramatic historical action thriller was directed by Antoine Fuqua and co-produced by Smith.

    Watch the NAACP Image Awards live on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at 8:00 pm ET/PT on BET.

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