Tyrese, Queen Latifah Nominated for Black Movie Awards


Latifah and Tyrese Gibson are among the artists nominated for Film Life's 2006

Black Movie Awards--A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present and Future.Hosted

by Tyler Perry, the show will honor creative achievements by African Americans

in feature-length motion pictures, both in front of and behind the camera, as

well as recognize outstanding films portraying the Black experience.Gibson,

who is working on a double-disc rap-R&B album, is up for Outstanding Performance

by an Actor for his role alongside the Game in the movie Waist Deep.The

actor/singer will face steep competition from the likes of Presley Chweneyagae

(Tsotsi), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Kinky Boots), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Shadowboxer), and

DenzelWashington (Inside Man).Queen

Latifah, who was nominated for her work in Last Holiday, will battle Halle

Berry (X-Men: The Last Stand), Meagan Good (Waist Deep), Sanaa Lathan

(Something New), and Keke Palmer (Akeelah & the Bee) for Outstanding

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.Nominated

films include Akeelah & the Bee and ATL, which picked up four

nods each. Inside

Man, Madea's Family Reunion, Something New and Waist Deep followed

with three apiece. This

year's show will honor Cicely Tyson with the Distinguished Career Achievement

Award, presented by Oprah Winfrey. Kimberly

Elise, Tyson's co-star in Diary of a Mad Black Woman, will also pay tribute

to the Oscar-nominated actress, whose career includes appearances in The Autobiography

of Miss Jane Pittman, Roots, and Sounder.Director

Spike Lee will be recognized by Ruby Dee with the Ossie Davis Humanitarian Award

for his work on the HBO documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four

Acts while Angela Bassett will present actor Lawrence Fishburne with the Excellence

in Arts Award.Film

Life's 2006 Black Movie Awards--A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present and

Future will air Oct. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TNT.