NAACP Image director noms unveiled

Three Key of Life recipients also named

The NAACP announced nominees in three directing categories Tuesday. The motion picture directors nominated are Darnell Martin, "Cadillac Records"; Gina Prince Bythewood, "The Secret Life of Bees," Patrik Ian Polk, "Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom," Spike Lee, "Miracle of St. Anna" and Tyler Perry, "The Family That Preys."

The winner will be announced at the 40th NAACP Image Awards on Feb. 12.

In the TV comedy series category, the nominees are Ali LeRoi for the "Everybody Hates Port Authority" episode of "Everybody Hates Chris"; Ken Whittingham for the "Seth Green Day" episode of "Entourage"; Kevin Sullivan for the "MILF Island" episode of "30 Rock"; Tracee Ellis Ross for the "What's Black-A-Lackin" episode of "Girlfriends" and Victor Nelli, Jr. for the "Crush'd" episode of "Ugly Betty."

Nominated for directing dramatic series episodes are Anthony Hemingway, "Heroes -- Chapter Five: Angels and Monsters," "Heroes"; Eriq LaSalle, "Law & Order: SVU --PTSD," ; Ernest Dickerson, "Lincoln Heights -- The Day Before Tomorrow"; Paris Barclay, "In Treatment -- Alex-Week 8"; and Seth Mann, "The Wire -- The Dickensian Aspect."

The NAACP also announced that artists Elizabeth Catlett-Mora, Jonathan Green and Sam Gilliam will be presented with its Key of Life Award at the ceremonies, which will be broadcast live by Fox from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Each artist has created a limited 100 print edition lithograph, with a percentage of the proceeds donated to the NAACP.

"These three people are some of our most gifted artists and dedicated activists," Clayola Brown, chairperson of the NAACP Image Awards, said. "The NAACP is appreciative that they have created the limited edition lithographs – this is a wonderful gift for our 100th Anniversary."