NAACP Image noms cheer 'Dreamgirls' performance

8 noms for musical; 'Chris' tops TV

"Dreamgirls" hit yet another high note by garnering eight NAACP Image Awards nominations Tuesday, including one for best motion picture.

The period musical from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures also nabbed mentions for best actor (Jamie Foxx), actress (Beyonce Knowles), supporting actor (Danny Glover, Eddie Murphy), supporting actress (Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Hudson) and soundtrack.

Vanessa L. Williams, Isaiah Washington, Chandra Wilson, Shaun Robinson and DB Woodside joined NAACP executives to announce the nominees in 35 categories for the 38th installment of the kudoscast during a news conference at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the 98-year-old civil rights organization, honors projects and individuals that promote diversity in the arts in film, TV, music and literature. This year's show, dubbed "Youth Create Change," airs live from 8-10 p.m. March 2 on Fox.

"Akeelah and the Bee," "Blood Diamond," "Catch a Fire" and "The Pursuit of Happyness" will square off against "Dreamgirls" for the top film honor.

On the TV side, CBS led the pack with 19 nominations, followed by the CW with 17. "Everybody Hates Chris" received eight nominations, including best comedy director. "Girlfriends" received six nominations, including best comedy director and writer.

Sony Urban picked up the most music noms with seven, including four for Beyonce, and that tied Mary J. Blige for the most by an individual artist. Capitol and Universal followed with five nominations apiece.

This year, more than 1,200 entries were received. From those entries, a committee of 300 industry professionals and NAACP leaders selected the nominees. Final selections are voted on by NAACP members, and winners will be announced during the telecast.