The 2020 NAACP Image Awards animation nominees

The Lion King play

Updated on February 25, 2023

I know I’ve been writing a lot lately about award show nominations. However, I realized I never looked at the NAACP’s annual Image Awards for animation-related nominees. Thus, I figured it’s worth looking as those. (Also, it’s at least one award show with no nominees for or mention of “Joker,” which is probably one bonus.) The Hollywood Reporter has a full list of nominees.

The 51st NAACP Image Awards air on BET on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8 PM ET.

Outstanding Children’s Program

  • Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
  • Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest (Disney XD)
  • Motown Magic (Netflix)
  • Family Reunion (Netflix)
  • Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History (Netflix)

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation

  • The Lion King: The Gift – Beyoncé w/Various Artists (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)
  • The Lion King Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Various Artists (Walt Disney Records)
  • Harriet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Terence Blanchard (Back Lot Music)
  • Queen & Slim The Soundtrack – Various Artists (Motown Records)
  • Us (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Michael Abels (Back Lot Music)

Outstanding Character Voice-over Performance

  • Alfre Woodard – The Lion King (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Donald Glover – The Lion King (Walt Disney Studios)
  • James Earl Jones – The Lion King (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Sterling K. Brown – Frozen II (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Lupita Nyong’o – Serengeti (Discovery Channel)


The Lion King (2019) poster
“The Lion King” (2019) poster.

One thing that stands out is there’s a category for voiceover work. Granted, in this year’s case, it’s dominated by “The Lion King” remake, plus Disney in general (save for the Discovery Channel’s “Serengeti”).

Similarly, “The Lion King” has two slots in the soundtrack category: one for the actual film soundtrack, the other an album by Beyoncé based on the film.

In the children’s programming category, “Doc McStuffins”‘s final season gets a nod, along with the final season of “Avengers Assemble” (centered around Black Panther). “Motown Magic” is an animated series on Netflix about a boy with a magic paintbrush; episodes are centered around a theme inspired by different classic Motown songs.

While there’s no nominations for “Joker,” DC Comics did get a few nods for “Watchmen,” the (now-cancelled) series based on the 1986-1987 Alan Moore comic. Specifically, the nominations are for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (Regina King).

“The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre” by ajay_suresh is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (Flickr)


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