Just call it the year of OWN……..
OWN network hit series, Queen Sugar has garnered an NAACP Image Award nomination along with show star, Rutina Wesley, and Lynn Whitfield has also grabbed a nomination for her role on Greenleaf.
Queen Sugar has been nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, and will face off against Empire, Power, This Is Us, and Underground.
Greenleaf”s, Lynn Whitfield has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, the legendary actress is up against Amirah Vann – “Underground” (WGN America), CCH Pounder – “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS), Cicely Tyson – “How To Get Away with Murder” (ABC), Naturi Naughton – “Power” (Starz)
Actress Rutina Wesley who plays Nova Bordelon on OWN hit series, Queen Sugar also was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.
Rutina recently said that she always dreamed of playing a role that she felt truly reflected her:
“I think as a young actress I was like, ‘I just want to do a black play. I want to do August Wilson. I want to play a black role. I want to play myself. I want to see myself,” the actress said. “When I would see Viola and Angela and they look like me ― I was like, ‘If they could do it, I could do it.’”
Bordelon is the “fully-fleshed out,” multidimensional character that most actors of color dream of playing, Wesley said.
“Getting the chance to play a beautiful, gorgeous black woman with dreads, smart, funny, witty, a little chaotic. She’s everything. It’s a brown girl’s dream because she’s a real human being,” Wesley said.
Winners for the 48th Image Awards ill be announced February 11 at ceremony airing live on TV One and again hosted by Anthony Anderson. The awards recognize the year’s best in film, TV, music and books.