HBO Leads NAMIC Vision Awards Nominations

Cable networks HBO, BET and OWN:Oprah Winfrey Network drew the most  2016 NAMIC Vision Awards nominations, the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications said Wednesday.

HBO notched nine nominations to lead all cable networks, while BET and OWN drew eight nominations for 22nd annual Vision Awards, which honor original and digital programming content depicting the lives, spirit and contributions of people of color, according to the diversity organization

Overall, 29 networks/distributors generated 83 nominations for NAMIC Vision Awards presented in 18 categories, said the organization. 

HBO’s original movie Bessie and Lifetime's Devious Maids each drew three nominations to top all shows, according to NAMIC. 

NAMIC will showcase the winning programs via an online event format, with the 2016 NAMIC Vision Awards Winners Gallery to be unveiled late April. The online awards gallery will feature :60 second clips of the winning entries in each of the 18 categories.

"At a time when diversity is at the forefront of our consciousness such as the case with the Oscars, NAMIC remains committed to recognizing achievements in ethnically and culturally relevant programming," said Eglon E. Simons, president and CEO, NAMIC in a statement. "We applaud this year's nominees and encourage them to continue advancing diversity on screen and behind-the-scenes."

A full list of NAMIC Awards Nominees appears below:


Doc McStuffins - Disney Junior  

Miles From Tomorrowland - Disney Junior


Sanjay & Craig - Nickelodeon

The Legend of Korra - Nickelodeon

Awards & Honors

46th NAACP Image Awards - TV One

BET Honors - BET Networks

Black Girls Rock - BET Networks

Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Legends Who Paved The Way - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Best Performance - Comedy           

Danía Ramirez, Devious Maids - Lifetime

Frankie J. Alvarez, Looking - HBO

Raúl Castillo, Looking - HBO

Judy Reyes, Devious Maids - Lifetime

Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project - Universal Television

Best Performance - Drama  

Omari Hardwick, Power - Starz

Queen Latifah, Bessie - HBO

Naturi Naughton, Power - Starz

David Oyelowo, Nightingale - HBO

Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie - HBO


Dora and Friends - Nickelodeon

Game Shakers - Nickelodeon

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee - Nickelodeon

Talia in the Kitchen - Nickelodeon


black-ish - ABC

Devious Maids - ABC Studios

Master of None - Universal Television

Real Husbands of Hollywood - BET Networks

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Universal Television


Oprah Winfrey Network - SuperSoul Sunday - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

The Talk - CBS

Digital Media - Short Form  

#BLX - BET Networks

Ángel o Demonio - ESPN

HelloBeautiful InterludesLIVE! - Interactive One

The Doll Life - Myx TV

Wise Words with DJ Khaled - Music Choice


“AFROPUNK Presents The Triptych" from AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange - WGBH, Boston

Breakthrough "Water Apocalypse" - National Geographic Channel

Emmett Till - Al Jazeera America

Fault Lines: Baltimore Rising - Al Jazeera America

Fresh Dressed - CNN


Being Mary Jane - BET Networks

Grey's Anatomy - ABC

How to Get Away with Murder - ABC

Scandal - ABC

The Knick - Cinemax

Foreign Language    

Mexicánicos - Discovery Networks Latin America

Viernes Futbolero Tiempo Extra - Kaza Azteca America, Inc.


BBQ Blitz - Food Network

Home Away from Home - GMA Pinoy TV

Rev Run's Sunday Suppers - Cooking Channel

Tia Mowry at Home - Cooking Channel

Taco Trip - Cooking Channel


Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm with Robin Roberts - ABC News and Rock'n Robin Productions

Katrina 10 Years Later: Through Hell and High Water - BET Networks

Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ - BET Networks

Oprah's Master Class - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America - A&E

Original Movie or Special    

Bessie - HBO

Book of Negroes - BET Networks

HALO Awards - Nickelodeon

Saints & Strangers - National Geographic Channel

With This Ring - Lifetime


Raising Whitley - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Welcome to Sweetie Pie's - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Project Runway - Lifetime

SC Featured: Life on the Streets - ESPN

SC Featured: No Excuses - ESPN

Reality - Social Issues         

LHH: "Out In Hip Hop" - VH1

SC Featured: Her Voice - ESPN

This is Life with Lisa Ling - CNN

Vice Special Report: Fixing the System - HBO

Women of Honor - Lifetime


Countdown to the Special Olympics World Games with Robin Roberts - ESPN and Rock'n Robin Productions

E:60 Love Is Stronger - ESPN

E:60 Silent Night Lights - ESPN

Mayweather/Pacquiao: At Last - HBO

The Offseason: Kevin Durant - HBO

Variety/Talk Show    

Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America - A&E

Oprah Prime - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN at the Apollo - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Talk to Al Jazeera Misty Copeland Interviewed by Richelle Carey - Al Jazeera America

Talk to Al Jazeera Spike Lee Interviewed by Sarah Hoye - Al Jazeera America

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