"Ray" Tops Image Noms

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It's all about Ray at the 36th annual NAACP Image Awards.

The film racked up a leading seven nominations, including a Best Actor nod for recent Golden Globe winner, Jamie Foxx, who portrayed the late Ray Charles in the biopic.

Kerry Washington earned a Best Actress nomination for her turn as Charles' first wife, Della Bea Robinson, and C.J. Sanders, Clifton Powell, Regina King and Sharon Warren earned supporting nods.

The film, directed by Taylor Hackford, is also up for Best Picture and will compete against Fahrenheit 9/11, Hotel Rwanda, Man on Fire and another Foxx pic, Collateral, for the honor.

Also in the running for Best Actor were Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda), Denzel Washington (Man on Fire), Mario Van Peebles (Baadasssss!) and Will Smith (I, Robot).

Angela Bassett (Mr. 3000), Gabrielle Union (Breakin' All the Rules), Irma P. Hall (The Ladykillers) and Kimberly Elise (Woman Thou Art Loosed) were nominated for Best Actress.

Usher topped the music category with five nominations, including Best Male Artist, Best Song for "Yeah!" and Best Album for Confessions.

UPN racked up a leading 14 nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series nods for Girlfriends and Half & Half and Outstanding Drama Series for Kevin Hill, which also pulled in a Best Actor nod for Taye Diggs.

CBS and HBO trailed with 12 and 11 nominations respectively.

Oprah Winfrey, reigning queen of daytime talk, will be inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame in recognition of her impact on the national and international scene.

"Oprah Winfrey has set the standard for achievement--as a television icon, actress, producer, broadcast pioneer and successful entrepreneur--she is the model for others," said Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, in a statement. "We are proud to salute her."

The NAACP Image Awards honor achievements by people of color in literature, television, motion pictures and recording arts. This year, more than 1,200 nominations were received in 36 categories?a record, according to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

A committee of 300 industry professions and NAACP leaders selected five nominees in each category, with the winners to be determined by NAACP members.

The NAACP Image Awards will be presented at a Mar. 19 ceremony, which will be televised on Fox on Mar. 25.