• Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Most NAACP Image Awards categories have a connection to Atlanta


From shows filmed in the area to actors who are from here, Atlanta and Georgia are well-represented

Tyler Perry, Tituss Burgess, Janelle Monae — even Rep. John Lewis — are just a tiny sample of Atlanta’s representation at the 51st NAACP Image Awards.

In fact, there are very few categories that don’t have some connection to Atlanta or Georgia.

The awards celebrate the “outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.”

The NAACP is honoring John Lewis for his congressional service and long history as a civil rights activist. The nation's oldest civil rights organization announced Tuesday it will bestow the Chairman's Award on the Georgia Democrat.

The awards show will be shown live 8 p.m. Saturday, February 22, on the BET Network.

Here are all the nominees with an Atlanta or Georgia connection:

Entertainer of the year

Regina King: stars in “Watchmen,” which is filmed in Atlanta

Tyler Perry: lives here; owns Tyler Perry Studios south of Atlanta

Outstanding motion picture

“Just Mercy”: filmed in East Point and Conyers

Outstanding actor in a motion picture

Michael B Jordan: “Just Mercy”

Outstanding supporting actor in a motion picture

Jamie Foxx: “Just Mercy”

Tituss Burgess: Athens native, for “Dolemite Is My Name”

Outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture

Janelle Monae: Atlanta resident, for “Harriet”

Marsai Martin: for “Little,” which filmed in Atlanta

Outstanding breakthrough performance in a motion picture

Marsai Martin: for “Little”

Rob Morgan: “Just Mercy”; Morgan also has a recurring role in “Stranger Things,” which is shot in the Atlanta area.

Outstanding ensemble cast in a motion picture

“Just Mercy”

Outstanding actress in a comedy series

Logan Browning: Atlanta native, for “Dear White People”

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series

Laurence Fishburne: Augusta native, for “black-ish”

Tituss Burgess: Athens native, for "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

Halle Bailey: Atlanta native, for “grown-ish”

Outstanding drama series (both filmed in Atlanta)

“Greenleaf”

“Watchmen”

Outstanding actor in a drama series

Omari Hardwick: grew up in Decatur, for “Power”

Outstanding actress in a drama series

Regina King: “Watchmen,” which is filmed in Atlanta

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

Lynn Whitfield: “Greenleaf,” which is filmed in Atlanta

Outstanding television movie, limited series or dramatic special

“Being Mary Jane,” which is filmed in Atlanta

Outstanding actor in a television movie, limited series or dramatic special

Idris Elba: part-time Atlanta resident, for “Luther”

Outstanding actress in a television movie, limited series or dramatic special

Gabrielle Union – “Being Mary Jane”

Outstanding news/information (series or special)

“Surviving R. Kelly”: Lifetime series had many ties to Atlanta

Outstanding documentary (television — series or special)

“Martin: The Legacy of A King”

Outstanding writing in a drama series

Damon Lindelof, Cord Jefferson: “Watchmen” — The Extraordinary Being

Pat Charles: Atlanta filmed “Black Lightning” — The Book of Secrets: Chapter One: Prodigal Son

Outstanding writing in a motion picture (television)

Patrik-Ian Polk: “Being Mary Jane”

Outstanding writing in a motion picture (film)

Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham: “Just Mercy”

Outstanding directing in a motion picture (television)

Russ Parr: “The Bobby Debarge Story,” filmed in Atlanta

Recording

Outstanding new artist and outstanding male artist

Lil Nas X: Atlanta native

Outstanding song — contemporary

“Talk”: by Fort Stewart native Khalid

“Motivation”: by Atlanta native Normani

Outstanding music video/visual album

“Talk”: by Khalid

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