Apple TV+ earns nine NAACP Image Award nominations thanks to ‘Ted Lasso’, ‘See’, ‘Swan Song’, and others

The 53rd Annual NAACP Image Awards is right around the corner, which means nominations for awards are going out. And, unsurprisingly, thanks to TV series and films alike, Apple TV+ has earned more than a few nods. Nine, to be exact.

Poster artwork for the Apple TV+ science fiction drama "Swan Song"
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Apple TV+ announced today that it has earned nine awards nominations for this year’s NAACP Image Awards. Five Apple Original Films were nominated, along with three series. This isn’t the first time the NAACP Image Awards have looked in Apple’s direction, either. The film The Banker, starring Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson, earned an award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture last year.

Per today’s announcement:

Across its television slate, Apple TV+ earned nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for ‘Truth Be Told’ star and executive producer Octavia Spencer; Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for ‘See’ star Alfre Woodard, marking the series’ first NAACP Image Award nomination; and multi-Emmy Award winning global hit series ‘Ted Lasso’ received its first NAACP Image Award nominations with two nominations in the Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series category for writers Ashley Nicole Black and Leann Bowen.

And here’s how it all breaks down with this year’s nominations:

Independent Motion Picture

  • CODA

Documentary (Television)

  • 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything

Short-Form (Animated)

  • Blush

Actor in a Motion Picture

  • Denzel Washington in The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • Mahershala Ali in Swan Song

Actress in a Drama Series

  • Octavia Spencer in Truth Be Told

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Alfre Woodard in See

Writing in a Comedy Series

  • Ashley Nicole Black for writing “Do The Right-Est Thing” in Ted Lasso
  • Leann Bowen for writing “Lavender” in Ted Lasso

You can check out Apple’s full announcement if you really want to dig into the details. As far as when we’ll know the winners for the 53rd annual ceremony, that will be announced on Saturday, February 26, 2022, on BET.

In related news, Apple TV+ also earned 12 awards nominations from this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.