NAACP Image Awards 2021: Netflix sweeps nominations while Chadwick Boseman earns two posthumous nods

Beyonce was recognised in the music categories, while Regina King's 'One Night in Miami' is up for Outstanding Picture

'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' is the last film Chadwick Boseman made before his death. 
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With his final two performances, the late Chadwick Boseman has earned two NAACP Image Awards nominations, while Ma Rainey's Black Bottom could make its presence felt at the ceremony in March.

Boseman scored nods for his work in Netflix films Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, in the nominations announced on Tuesday.

The actor, who starred in the blockbuster Marvel film Black Panther, died aged 43 in 2020 after privately battling colon cancer.

The awards, honouring entertainers and writers of colour, will be broadcast on CBS on Saturday, March 27.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom came away with nine nominations in total. The film delves into the story of blues singer Ma Rainey, who joins her band during a turbulent recording session at a Chicago music studio in 1927.

The nominees were announced on the organisation’s Instagram page by Chloe Bailey, Anika Noni Rose and Nicco Annan, along with TC Carson and Erika Alexander.

Netflix emerged with a leading 48 nominations. Besides the two films Boseman starred in, the streaming platform released other projects including Regency era romance Bridgerton and US sitcom #blackAF. HBO, meanwhile, received 25 nominations.

Regina King, who won an Academy Award in 2019, has created some Oscar buzz with her feature film directorial debut in One Night in Miami, which earned four nominations. The Amazon Studios film tells the story of a meeting between Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke that turned into a discussion about their roles in the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

King will compete for Entertainer of the Year against Tyler Perry, Viola Davis, Trevor Noah and DJ D-Nice.

One Night in Miami will compete for Outstanding Motion Picture along with Bad Boys for Life, Da 5 Bloods, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

LeBron James, Stacey Abrams, Debbie Allen, April Ryan and Tamika Mallory were nominated for the Social Justice Impact Award.

In music, Beyonce scored six nominations in the recording categories, including two for Outstanding Music Video / Visual Album with Black is King and Brown Skin Girl.

The nominees for Outstanding Album include Alicia Keys's Alicia, Brandy's b7, John Legend's Bigger Love, Ledisi's The Wild Card and Chilombo by Jhene Aiko.

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