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NAACP Announces Nominees for Show Business Honors

October 30, 1987 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has announced nominations for its 20th annual Image Awards, which honor movie, television and musical performers and productions that present blacks in a positive way.

The association made no nominations Thursday in the leading actress category this year because officials said they found no movie that cast a black actress in a positive starring role.

″It is certainly a disheartening and tragic situation,″ said Willis Edwards, president of the NAACP Beverly Hills-Hollywood branch, which presents the awards. There are more than 1,600 black female members of the Screen Actors Guild alone, he said.

It is the third time since the Image Awards were first presented that the category, won by actress Whoopi Goldberg last year for her portrayal of Celie in ″The Color Purple,″ was canceled.

The Image Awards will be presented Dec. 13 at the Wiltern Theater in a ceremony to be televised Jan. 9 by NBC.

Here are the major nominations:

Motion picture: ″Beverly Hills Cop II,″ ″Hollywood Shuffle,″ ″Lethal Weapon,″ ″Round Midnight.″

Actor in a motion picture: Robert Guillaume, ″Wanted Dead or Alive″; Danny Glover, ″Lethal Weapon″; Eddie Murphy, ″Beverly Hills Cop II″; Dexter Gordon, ″Round Midnight″; Robert Townsend, ″Hollywood Shuffle.″

Supporting actor in a motion picture: William Allen Young, ″Wisdom″; Mario Van Peebles, ″Heartbreak Ridge″; Michael Winslow, ″Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol″; Bill Duke, ″Predator″; Alex English, ″Amazing Grace & Chuck.″

Supporting actress in a motion picture: Helen Martin, ″Hollywood Shuffle″; Traci Wolfe, ″Lethal Weapon″; Nichelle Nichols, ″Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home″; Kelly Minter, ″Summer School″; Sandra Reaves-Phillips, ″Round Midnight.″

Female recording artist: Aretha Franklin, ″Aretha″; Whitney Houston, ″Whitney″; Phyllis Hyman, ″Living All Alone″; Stephanie Mills, ″If I Were Your Woman″; Natalie Cole, ″Everlasting.″

Vocal group: Atlantic Starr, ″All in the Name of Love″; Cameo, ″Word Up″; Loose Ends, ″Zagora″; Levert, ″The Big Throwdown″; The Whispers, ″It Gets Better with Time.″

Jazz artist: Miles Davis, ″Tu Tu″; Dexter Gordon, ″The Other Side of Round Midnight″; George Howard, ″A Nice Place to Be″; Al Jarreau, ″L Is for Lover″; Najee, ″Najee’s Theme.″

Blues artist: Bobby Bland, ″After All″; Robert Cray, ″Strong Persuader″; Denice LaSalle, ″It’s Lying Time Again″; Little Milton, ″Annie Mae’s Cafe″; Johnny Taylor, ″Lover Boy.″

Gospel artist: Shirley Caesar, ″Shirley Caesar Her Very Best″; Al Green, ″Soul Survivor″; Tramaine Hawkins, ″Freedom″; Jackson Southernaires, ″Hear Our Prayers O Lord″; BeBe & CeCe Wynans, ″BeBe & CeCe Wynans.″

Actor in a dramatic television series, miniseries or movie: Avery Brooks, ″Uncle Tom’s Cabin″; Denzel Washington, ″St. Elsewhere: You Bet Your Life″; Danny Glover, ″John Henry″; Lou Gossett, ″A Gathering of Old Men″; Dorian Harewood, ″Guilty of Innocence: The Lenell Geter Story.″

Actor in television comedy series or special: Sherman Hemsley, ″Amen: The Deacon Delivers″; Clifton Davis, ″Amen: Sermon from a Cell″; Hal Williams, ″227: A Matter of Choice″; Ernest Thomas, ″What’s Happening Now: I’ll be Homeless for Christmas″; Charles Robinson, ″Night Court: Baby Talk.″

Actress in a dramatic television series, miniseries or movie: Alfre Woodard, ″Unnatural Causes″; Debbie Allen, ″Fame: Baby Remember My Name″; Debbi Morgan, ″Guilty of Innocence: The Lenell Geter Story″; Paula Kelly, ″Uncle Tom’s Cabin″; Beah Richards, ″Hunter: Not Just Another John Doe.″

Actress in a television comedy series or special: Phylicia Rashad, ″The Cosby Show: The March″; Marla Gibbs, ″227: Mary Nightingale″; Jackee, ″227: The Great Manhunt″; Robin Givens, ″Head of the Class: The Way We Weren’t″; Marsha Warfield, ″Night Court: Baby Talk.″