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1888 - Olympian Jim Thorpe, "America's greatest athlete," born in Indian Territory (probably near Prague, Okla.); later in life, appeared in many B-Westerns shot in Placerita Canyon [story]
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Nominees for the 53rd NAACP Image Awards include CalArtians honored across several categories, including Outstanding Actor, Outstanding Animated Motion Picture, Outstanding Short Form (Animiated), Outstanding Children’s Program and Outstanding Animated Series.

Established in 1968, the NAACP Image Awards celebrates the achievements of people of color in the arts, including film, television, music and literature. Among this year’s nominees are several California Institute of the Arts alums.

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Don Cheadle (Theater BFA 1986) is nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of ambitious stock broker Maurice “Mo” Monroe on Showtime’s “Black Monday,” a comedic chronicle of the anniversary of Wall Street’s 1987 stock market crash.

A January 2019 TV Line review claimed that Cheadle’s “performance alone makes Black Monday worth watching.”

Cheadle was previously nominated in the same category in 2020 and 2021 for his work on Black Monday and is a three-time NAACP Image Award recipient: Best Directing in a Comedy Series for “House of Lies” (2016), Best Actor in a Comedy Series for “House of Lies” (2013) and Best Literary Work, Nonfiction for “Not on Our Watch” (2008).

Outstanding Animated Motion Picture

Walt Disney Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon,” directed by Carlos López Estrada and Don Hall (Film/Video BFA 1995), is nominated in the Outstanding Animated Motion Picture category.

Set in the fantastical world of Kumandra, Raya sets out to find the legendary last dragon, thought to be the last of its kind after the dragons sacrificed themselves 500 years ago when an evil spirit overtook the land. Fellow CalArtian Dean Wellins (Film/Video 1992) is also credited as one of the film’s writers. “Raya and the Last Dragon” was recently nominated for both Critics Choice and Golden Globe Awards.

Also nominated in the category is Netflix’s animated musical adventure “Vivo” in which numerous CalArtians are credited, including character art director Joe Moshier (Film/Video 1994), story artist Carlos Romero (Film/Video BFA 2012), producer Rich Moore (Film/Video BFA 1987) and co-producer Jim Reardon (Film/Video BFA 1987).

Outstanding Short-Form (Animated)

Aphton Corbin’s (Film/Video BFA 2016) “Twenty Something,” the ninth installment of Pixar Animation Studios’ SparkShort series, is nominated for Outstanding Short-Form.

The short follows Gia, a young woman feeling insecure about her transition to adulthood, whose sister takes her to a nightclub to celebrate her 21st birthday. Hilarity ensues as flashbacks featuring Gia at ages one, 10 and 16 work together in their attempts to portray her current self as a genuine grownup.

In a September 2021 interview with Animation Magazine, Corbin credited fellow CalArtian animator Lucas Pacheco (Film/Video BFA 2016) for “Twenty Something’s” unique 2D style.

More Nominations

Other noteworthy contenders include Netflix’s “Waffles + Mochi” nominated for Outstanding Children’s Program.

The series is produced by Qadriyyah Shamsid-Deen (Film/Video MFA 2010, Theater MFA 2009) and features animation sequences by LA-based animation studio Six Point Harness, of which Musa Brooker (Film/Video MFA 2008) is creative director.

Netflix’s American civics crash course “We the People,” created by Chris Nee, is also nominated for Outstanding Animated Series.

The short form series features CalArtians Jorge R. Gutierrez (Film/Video MFA 2000), Daron Nefcy (Film/Video BFA 2009), Victoria Vincent (Film/Video BFA 2019), Mabel Ye (Film/Video BFA 2018) and former School of Film/Video faculty Tim Rauch among the directors.

“Both Waffles + Mochi” and “We the People” are produced by Netflix-based Higher Ground Productions, a production company founded in 2018 by former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. Shamsid-Deen serves as a creative executive at Higher Ground.

View the complete list of 2022 nominees at https://deadline.com/2022/01/naacp-image-awards-netflix-the-harder-they-fall-1234914036/

Tune in to the NAACP Image Awards telecast 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, live on BET Networks.

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