2023 NAACP Image Awards: Meet the Alluring Leading Ladies Nominated for ‘Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture’
Many of the biggest films last year had Black women at their helm, and now the race to “Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture” at the 2023 NAACP Image Awards has officially started. Danielle Deadwyler, KeKe Palmer, and veteran actress and comedian Regina Hall are just a few of the many talented stars, only one of which can take home the prestigious honor. So ahead of the biggest celebration in Black Hollywood, meet the alluring leading ladies In the run for “Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.”
Danielle Deadwyler / TILL
Breakthrough actress Danielle Deadwyler delivered a stellar performance as Mamie Till in the biographical drama Till directed by Chinonye Chukwu. The film tells the story of Mamie Till’s “relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who was brutally lynched in 1955 while visiting his cousins in Mississippi.”
Keke Palmer / Alice
Keke Palmer is Alice in the 2022 crime thriller from Krystin Ver Linden, which marks her directorial debut. The film follows Alice, an enslaved woman on a 19th-century plantation in Georgia, who escapes and finds out that it’s 1973. After being rescued on the roadside by a political activist named Frank, played by rapper-turned-actor Common, Alice soon learns of the lies that have kept her in bondage.
Letitia Wright / Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Letitia Wright reprises her role as Princess of Wakanda Shuri. Later, she takes on the part of Black Panther following the death of costar Chadwick Boseman, who initially took on the character in the Marvel franchise.
Regina Hall / Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul
Comedian and Actress Regina Hall is downright hilarious as first lady Trinitie Childs, the wife of Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs, portrayed by Sterling K. Brown. After a scandal involving her husband, Trinitie and her husband must rebuild their congregation and reconcile their faith by all means necessary to make the ultimate comeback.
Viola Davis / The Woman King
Academy Award-winner Viola Davis is Gen. Nanisca, who trains a group of all-female warriors to protect the African kingdom of Dahomey in the Gina Prince-Bythewood-directed film The Woman King. The project has earned a total of nine NAACP Image Award nominations at this year’s ceremony.
Watch the NAACP Image Awards live on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at 8:00 pm ET/PT on BET.