Monday, February 27, 2023

Anton Cropper Wins Award for 'Fantasy Football' in 54th NAACP Image Awards

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has announced the fantastic news that Nickelodeon's hit CG-animated Rugrats reboot, live-action comedy series That Girl Lay Lay and Paramount+ Original movie Fantasy Football have received nominations in the 2023 NAACP Image Awards!

In the "Television + Streaming Categories" of this year's NAACP Image Awards, Alaya “That Girl Lay Lay” High has been nominated for the "Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series)" award for portraying That Girl Lay Lay in her self-titled sitcom; and actor and voice actor Cree Summer has been nominated for the "Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television)" award for reprising her beloved character Susie Carmichael in Nickelodeon and Paramount+'s Rugrats reboot.

Meanwhile, Nickelodeon's Paramount+ Original movie Fantasy Football has been nominated for two awards: Anton Cropper has been nominated for the "Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special" award in the "Directing Categories" portion of the awards for his directorial work on the film; and Tracey Moss, Jerome Allen, Tamika Dixon, Lawrence “Jigga” Simmons, and Jason Simmons have been nominated for the "Outstanding Hairstyling (Television or Film)" award in the "Costume Design, Make-Up & Hairstyling Categories" portion of the awards.

Update (2/27) - Anton Cropper won the "Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special" award for Fantasy Football!

The public can vote to determine the winners of the 54th NAACP Image Awards by visiting Voting closes on February 10, 2023. Winners will be revealed during the 54th NAACP Image Awards telecast on February 25, 2023, on BET. NAACP will also recognize winners in non-televised Image Awards categories February 20-24, which will stream on For all information and the latest news, please follow NAACP Image Awards on Instagram @NAACPImageAwards.

The winners will be revealed during the two-hour LIVE TV special, airing Saturday, February 25th, 2023 at 8:00 PM ET on BET and 8:00 PM PT on delay. The show will be in front of an audience for the first time in three 

“This year’s nominees have conveyed a wide range of authentic stories and diverse experiences that have resonated with many in our community, and we’re proud to recognize their outstanding achievements and performances,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP.

“We take pride in recognizing the trailblazing achievements and artistry of this year’s esteemed nominees and celebrating the powerful legacy of the NAACP,” said Connie Orlando, EVP of Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy, BET. “We look forward to bringing the Image Awards back to Pasadena in front of a live audience and delivering unforgettable moments that epitomize the brilliance of the Black community.”

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Originally published: January 17, 2022.

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