The Image Awards celebrate nominees with Luncheon

With less than 2 weeks to go until the Image Awards, the NAACP honored this year’s Image Award contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon. Roland Martin from TV One’s “News One Now” and television’s “Paternity Court” judge Lauren Lake hosted the event which was held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

Roland Martin - Copy

Roland Martin

Guests included Gabourey Sidibe (FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven”) Niecy Nash (TV Land’s “The Soul Man”), James Pickens, Jr. (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Bill Duke (OWN’s “Dark Girls”), Karan Brar (Disney Channel’s “Jessie”) and Reginald Hudlin (“Django Unchained”), the executive co-producer of the Image Awards who spoke with Trendy about Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”) not being nominated for an Image Award.

Reginald Hudlin

Reginald Hudlin

“That was so crazy,” said Hudlin.  “He gave an extraordinary performance and it always amazes me when I look over the list. I am happy for the folks who are nominated, but there are always people omitted and you wonder why.”

Gaboury Sibide

Gaboury Sidibe

Some of the nominees missing from the luncheon included Lupita Nyong’o, Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson and Chiwetel Ejiofor who  received two best actor nominations for the television drama “Dancing on the Edge” and movie “12 Years a Slave.”

Bill Duke

Bill Duke

The NAACP Image Awards recognizes the exemplary works by, for, and relevant to people of color and is the nation’s premier multi-cultural awards show celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color.

Lady Ele

Lady Ele

Winners of the 45th Image Awards will be announced on February 22 and will air on TV One.

by Samantha Ofole-Prince. Photos by Clinton H. Wallace/Photomundo International) 


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