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'Ray' Gets 7 NAACP Image Nominations

"Ray" (search), the film biography of Ray Charles, captured seven nominations for this year's NAACP Image Awards (search), including a best actor nomination for Golden Globe winner Jamie Foxx (search).

Kerry Washington (search) won a best actress nomination for "Ray," and supporting nominations went to C.J. Sanders, Clifton Powell, Regina King and Sharon Warren. The film, directed by Taylor Hackford, will compete for best movie.

Other best movie nominees include another Foxx picture, "Collateral," along with "Fahrenheit 9/11," "Hotel Rwanda" (search) and "Man on Fire."

The 36th annual Image Awards, for achievement by blacks in movies, television, music and literature, will be presented March 19 in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be televised on Fox on March 25.

Usher led the music category with five nominations, including best male artist, best song ("Yeah!") and best album ("Confessions").

UPN led among television networks with 14 nominations. The network televises comedies with largely black casts on Monday nights and introduced a new series, "Kevin Hill," which captured nominations for best drama and best actor for Taye Diggs.

More than 1,200 nominations were received, which the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (search) said was a record. Winners are determined by a vote of NAACP members.