The NAACP Image Awards has nominated What the Health for an award.
The vegan documentary, which has been credited with inspiring many people (including F1 champion Lewis Hamilton) to go plant-based, is up for the award for Outstanding Documentary (Television).
The awards, founded in 1967, are described as ‘the pre-eminent multicultural awards show celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film’.
They also honor individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
Nominees this year include Mary J. Blige and JAY-Z with five nominations each. Bruno Mars, Issa Rae, Kendrick Lamar, and SZA follow with four nominations each, and Charlie Wilson, Idris Elba and Ledisi each received three.
The filmmakers were excited by the nomination.
A post on What the Health’s Facebook page said: “The NAACP Image Awards has nominated What the Health for Outstanding Documentary (Television)!”
Other films in the category include Birth of a Movement (PBS); Black Love (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network); The 44th President: In His Own Words (History) and The Defiant Ones (HBO).
When announcing the nominees, Leon W. Russell, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, said: “The NAACP is thrilled for another great collaboration with TV One to create a momentous evening of entertainment culminating a day of volunteer service, citizen action, and celebration on the national holiday honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as recognizing this year’s nominees for their hard work, perseverance and achievements in our community.
“As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, we are reminded of the ageless principles of non-violence, truth and justice, humility, and service that he taught all Americans.”
Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP, added: “The NAACP Image Awards is the ultimate platform for artists and individuals of color who advocate for social justice to share their voices with millions, and to be recognized and celebrated.
“At a moment where there seems to be one tragic event after another in America, The NAACP Image Awards continues to be a beacon of light to the diversity reflected in television, music, film and literature that brings everyone together.”