The 47th annual NAACP Image Awards are literally a couple months away and the nominations rolled out, with BET earning 13 and some of TV's faves — including Empire, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder — snagging their own.
On the TV side, some of primetime television's most popular programs go head-to-head for the win with Being Mary Jane, Empire, How to Get Away With Murder, Power and Scandal all competing in the category for Outstanding Drama Series.
Being Mary Jane's lead actress Gabrielle Union also has a tough fight ahead of her in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series as she goes up against Kerry Washington (Scandal), Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow), Taraji P. Henson (Empire) and Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder).
In total, Empire scored 12 nods, the most of any TV series this year, followed by the Tracee-Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson-led comedy Black-ish with 10. HTGAWM earned five in total while Being Mary Jane, Book of Negroes and Scandal tied with four each.
On the movie front, Universal's Straight Outta Compton earned five nominations, including the coveted Outstanding Motion Picture. Netflix's first original feature film, Beasts of No Nation, and Spike Lee's Chi-Raq followed with four. However, Creed led the pack with six nods, including Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Michael B. Jordan's lead performance.
Check out the full list of nominations over at The Hollywood Reporter.
The awards will be handed out on Friday, February 5, 2016.
Take a look at leading nominee Michael B. Jordan talking his role in Creed below:
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