Director Tyler Perry receives 19 NAACP Image Award nominations

Tyler Perry has been nominated for a whopping 19 NAACP Image Awards for his work on "For Colored Girls," "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" and others.

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    Producer, writer, and actor, Tyler Perry at the New York premiere of 'For Colored Girls' in New York on Oct 25, 2010.
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Tyler Perry dominated the nominations for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's 42nd annual Image Awards.

Perry earned 19 nods Wednesday, including best director for "For Colored Girls" and best screenplay for "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" The films will compete for movie honors alongside "Just Wright," ''The Book of Eli" and "The Kids Are All Right." His TBS television series, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," was nominated for best comedy series.

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Janet Jackson ("Why Did I Get Married Too") is up for best actress with Halle Berry ("Frankie & Alice"), Kerry Washington ("Night Catches Us"), Queen Latifah ("Just Wright") and Zoe Saldana ("The Losers"), while her co-star Jill Scott will compete in the best supporting actress category with "For Colored Girls" actresses Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad and Whoopi Goldberg.

Denzel Washington ("The Book of Eli") is nominated for best actor with Anthony Mackie ("Night Catches Us"), Common ("Just Wright"), Jaden Smith ("The Karate Kid") and Morgan Freeman ("Red"). Best supporting actor nominees are Don Cheadle ("Brooklyn's Finest"), Idris Elba ("Takers"), Justin Timberlake ("The Social Network"), Michael Ealy ("For Colored Girls"), and Samuel L. Jackson ("Mother and Child").

"House of Payne" is nominated for best comedy series against NBC's "30 Rock," Fox's "Glee," ABC's "Modern Family" and TBS' "Are We There Yet?" The best drama series contenders are TNT's "HawthoRNe," NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," HBO's "Treme" and ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7" and "Grey's Anatomy."

Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," Smokey Robinson's "Now and Then," Usher's "Raymond vs. Raymond," Sade's "Soldier of Love" and "Wake Up!" by John Legend and the Roots are best album nominees.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Image Awards honor diversity in the arts and will be presented March 4.

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