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The Book of Negroes nominated for two Critics' Choice Awards

BLACK HISTORY DRAMA: The Book of Negroes has been nominated for two prizes at the Critics' Choice Awards

HISTORICAL SLAVE drama The Book of Negroes has been nominated for two prizes at this year's Critic's Choice Television Awards.

The critically-acclaimed CBC series has been nominated for best limited series and for best actress in a movie or limited series for lead, Aunjanue Ellis, reported CBC News.

In Negroes, Ellis plays Aminata Diallo, a woman who was kidnapped from her west African home as a girl and sold into slavery in the US, in the TV adaptation based on Lawrence Hill's award-winning book.

The six-part miniseries, directed by Clement Virgo, premiered on CBC in January and earned top ratings for its time slot.

Other notable nods for the fifth Critic's Choice Television Awards includes Empire and Orange is the New Black in the best drama series category and David Oyelowo in the best movie or limited series category for his role in Nightingale.

In the category of best actress in a drama series, Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis go head-to-head for their respective roles in Empire and How to Get Away With Murder.

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