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'Butler,' '12 Years' nab NAACP Image Awards nods

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  • Robin Williams, left, plays Dwight Eisenhower and Forest Whitaker is Cecil Gaines in "Lee Daniels' The Butler." The film was nominated for an Image Award for best motion picture. The 45th NAACP Image Awards will be held on Feb. 22.

      Robin Williams, left, plays Dwight Eisenhower and Forest Whitaker is Cecil Gaines in "Lee Daniels' The Butler." The film was nominated for an Image Award for best motion picture. The 45th NAACP Image Awards will be held on Feb. 22.

 
By Lynn Elber, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- In a year rich with black-oriented films, nominees for the NAACP Image Awards include "12 Years a Slave" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

The other contenders for outstanding motion picture announced Thursday include "Fruitvale Station," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and "The Best Man Holiday."

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Members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People vote on the NAACP Image Awards, which honor diversity in the arts.

The awards will be presented in a Feb. 22 ceremony airing on the TV One cable channel.

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