Actors from all three members of the CSI franchise have received nominations for the 41st NAACP Image Awards.
Laurence Fishburne (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation‘s Dr Ray Langston) and Hill Harper (Dr Sheldon Hawkes on CSI: New York) were recognized in the “Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series” category for their work in the franchise. Harper was also nominated for the “Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional” award for his third book, The Conversation: How Black Men & Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships. CSI received one other nomination: Paris Barclay was recognized in the “Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series” category for the season ten episode “Coup de Grace”. CSI: Miami‘s Adam Rodriguez (Eric Delko) was nominated in the “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture” category for his role in the Tyler Perry film I Can Do Bad All By Myself.
According to the official website, “the NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice.” Harper has won the “Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series” award for the past two years for his role on New York, and he also won the category for the show’s premiere season at the 37th NAACP Image Awards. Harper was recognized in the “Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens” category in 2009 for his second book, Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny, and the debut author and youth/teen literature categories for Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny in 2007.
Fishburne has received multiple NAACP Image Award nominations, and he won three awards in the past: “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series” for Miss Evers’ Boys in 1998, “Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series” for The Tuskegee Airmen in 1996 and “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture” for Higher Learning in 1996. Barclay is the winner of two previous NAACP Image Awards. He took home the “Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series” award in 2006 for the CBS programme Cold Case, and he was the recipient of the “Outstanding Drama Series” award in 2000 for City of Angels, in which Harper was a series regular. This is the first NAACP Image Award nomination for Rodriguez.
The 41st NAACP Image Awards will be presented at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on February 26. The awards will be televised live on the Fox network beginning at 8:00pm EST.
(I apologize for any errors and/or omissions in the list of previous NAACP Image Awards.)