Today the NAACP announced the nominees for the 52nd Image Awards, honoring outstanding performances in film, television, music, and literature. And for the first time in decades, Star Trek shows are on the list, with a total of three nominations.
2 nominations for Lower Decks
Star Trek: Lower Decks picked up a pair of nominations. The show itself is nominated for Outstanding Animated Series, going up against Big Mouth (Netflix), Central Park (Apple TV+), Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior), and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Netflix).
Dawnn Lewis (Captain Freeman) was also nominated for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance. She is going up against Aisha Tyler (Archer on FX), Courtney B. Vance (Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story on PBS), Deon Cole (Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts on Netflix), and Laya DeLeon Hayes (Doc McStuffins on Disney Junior).
Culpepper nominated for Picard
Director Hanelle Culpepper was nominated for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for the series premiere of Star Trek: Picard “Remembrance.” She is going up against Cheryl Dunye (Lovecraft Country – “Strange Case” on HBO), Misha Green (Lovecraft Country – “Jig-a-Bobo” on HBO), Nzingha Stewart (Little Fires Everywhere – “The Uncanny” on Hulu), and Steve McQueen (Small Axe – “Mangrove” on Amazon ).
First Image nominations since 1997
Star Trek: The Original Series won an Image Award at the first ceremony, held in 1967. Since then Nichelle Nichols was nominated for her role in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Avery Brooks received two nominations for his work on Deep Space Nine, and Alfre Woodard was nominated for her supporting role in Star Trek: First Contact. This year’s three nominations are the first for the franchise since 1997.
Voting is now open to the public on www.naacpimageawards.net.
This year’s virtual Image Awards will take place on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 8 pm ET/PT broadcast live during a two-hour special airing on BET.