The action-adventure World War II film “Red Tails” was nominated for two NAACP Image Awards for outstanding motion picture and outstanding writing in a motion picture.
The high-flying feature, produced by George Lucas and Art Center Trustee Charles Floyd Johnson, was inspired by the heroics of Tuskeegee Airmen, America’s first all African-American aerial unit.
The film spent 23 years in development before premiering on the silver screen, and went on to earn $58 million at the box office.
“It’s a story that has resonance with a lot of people,” Johnson recently told Dotted Line. “These young men were not encouraged to fly for their country … but they triumphed over adversity” at home and abroad.
“Red Tails” stars Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nate Parker and David Oleyowo. The movie is up against “Flight,” “Django Unchained,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” for the outstanding motion picture trophy; and “Abducted: The Carlina White Story, “Flight,” “Think Like a Man” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” for outstanding writing.
The NAACP Image Awards honor diversity in film, TV, music and literature. The 44th annual ceremony is scheduled to air Feb. 1 on NBC.