Netflix Film "Blackout" Starring Sibongile Mlambo Nominated For NAACP Award


A Netflix short film Blackout starring Hollywood based Zimbabwean actress Sibongile Mlambo is up for 53rd NAACP Image Award, GreedySouth can exclusively review.

Blackout is a sci-fi film directed by Andrew Reid, starring Sibongile Mlambo as Stephanie Tyler - an astronaut who finds herself battling for command, facing unknown forces intended to destroy her while on a routine mission. 

Blackout was nominated for outstanding Short-Form film (Live Action) alongside Aurinko in Adagio (Universal Pictures), The Ice Cream Stop (Walt Disney Studios), These Final Hours (Universal Pictures) and When The Sun Sets (Lakutshon’ Ilanga) (Universal Pictures)

Nominees for the annual award show were announced during a special virtual event hosted by actor and musician Kyla Pratt, “Black-ish” actor Marcus Scribner and singer-songwriter Tinashe on the NAACP’s Instagram account.

“We are thrilled to recognize this year’s nominees, who have all brought dynamic, entertaining, and thought provoking content to our attention through their incredible work in film, television, music and more,” said Karen Boykin-Towns, Image Awards Committee chairman.

Winners will be revealed during the annual ceremony, hosted by seven-time Image Award winner Anthony Anderson, on Feb. 26. The two-hour live TV special begins at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on BET. It will proceed without an in-person audience due to the ever-changing developments with COVID-19.

The NAACP Image Award is an annual awards ceremony presented by the U.S.-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to honor outstanding performances in film, television, theatre, music, and literature. Similar to other awards, like the Oscars and the Grammys, the over 40 categories of the Image Awards are voted on by the award organization's members (in this case, NAACP members). 

The award ceremony was first organized and presented on August 13, 1967 by activists Maggie Hathaway, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Willis Edwards, all three of whom were leaders of the Beverly Hills-Hollywood NAACP branch.

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