Our Fantasy Picks for the NAACP Image Awards

We've rounded up our favorites. Now we wanna hear about yours.

By Jamilah King Mar 04, 2011

The 42nd annual NAACP Image Awards are just hours away, and we thought we’d expand a bit on our initial excitement about this year’s nominees. So what better way to do it than with fantasy picks? We took a look at just a few of the categories and picked our favorites. Some might be shoe-in’s, others might be stretches. But an editorial team can dream, can’t it? Have others? Leave them in the comments.

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Vanessa Williams on Desperate Housewives. Because who isn’t still having Wilhelmina Slater withdrawals?

Outstanding Comedy Series: 30 Rock. Tracy Jordan’s bid for "serious actor" legitimacy is hilarious.

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King in Southland. Her performance is so measured and smart. She’s the most underrated actress in Hollywood.

Outstanding Variety: Black Girls Rock! For the "Four Women" tribute and bcs…Black girls rock.

Outstanding Reality Series: Um, where’s Real Housewives of Atlanta?

Outstanding New Artist: Willow Smith. Because child labor laws notwithstanding, that Smith family’s really going places.

Outstanding Male Artist: Cee Lo Green. We generally dig everything he does. And apparently, we’re not alone.

Outstanding Female Artist: Sade. It’s Sade!

Outstanding Duo: John Legend and The Roots. John Legend may have some questionable positions on education reform, but this collabortion was pretty hot. And available to listen to free.

Outstanding Song: Un-thinkable (I’m Ready) Alicia Keys

Outstanding Music Video: Willow, Whip My Hair. We, too, whip our hair on occasion. And even if we don’t have any, we make it work.

Outstanding Literary Work (Non-Fiction): The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. by Michelle Alexander. Puts our wretched criminal justice system into political perspective.

Outstanding Literary Work (Debut Author): The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson. Beautifully written. Exhaustively researched. Probably one of, if not the most, important books of the year.

Outstanding Motion Picture: For us, the jury’s still out on Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls.

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture: La Mission. As Julianne Hing wrote back in January, it’s a beautiful film, heartbreaking and honest. And it’s based in San Francisco, which is only the greatest place on earth.