Nominations for the 13th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards were announced today by the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). A record number 37 networks received nominations for the only entertainment industry award honoring outstanding achievements in original, multi-ethnic cable programming.
A total of 73 nominations were presented in the 15 award categories, which include newly established honors for Animation, Music Video and Original Movie and/or Special. Additionally, the performance categories have been expanded this year to include awards for the best actors and actresses in the genres of comedy and drama.
MTV Networks received 8 nominations, which included nods for Comedy Central, Logo, Nickelodeon, TV Land and VH1. Disney Channel, FX Networks, and Turner Network Television received 6 nominations each. The network recognized in the largest number of categories was HBO with 5 nominations, which includes nods in Children's, Documentary, Drama, and Original Movie and/or Special.
FX Networks' The Shield
was the top nominated program with 4 nods. The critically acclaimed original series was recognized in the Best Actor-Drama category with nominations going to Forest Whitaker
and Benito Martinez
. Additionally, nominations for "The Shield" included a nod for Best Drama and a Best Actress-Drama nomination for CCH Pounder
. Other programs receiving multiple nominations in the drama categories include Sleeper Cell
(Showtime) and The Closer
(Turner Network Television).
In the comedy categories, Showtime's Weeds
received 3 nods for Best Comedy and nominations for Romany Falco (Best Actor -- Comedy) and Tonye Patano (Best Actress -- Comedy) in the performance categories. Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia
received 2 nominations including Best Comedy and Carlos Mencia
for Best Actor -- Comedy. BET also received multiple nominations in the comedy categories with a Best Comedy nod for "Comic View" and a Best Actress -- Comedy nod for comedienne Sheryl Underwood, the show's host.