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Hidden Figures, Moonlight, Queen Sugar and black-ish Big Winners at 2017 NAACP Image Awards

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Hidden Figures, Fences, Moonlight Take Motion Picture Awards

Television Awards Go To black-ish, Empire, This Is Us, Survivor’s Remorse, Power

The 48th NAACP Image Awards held their two-part awards ceremony last night and tonight celebrating the best in film, television, literature and music that represent the diverse culture of the black American experience and community. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson won Entertainer of the Year.

In the Motion Picture categories, Hidden Figures won the top award, Outstanding Motion Picture as well as Taraji P. Henson taking Outstanding Actress (she also won for television again). Moonlight was the big winner with four overall; Outstanding Independent Film, Barry Jenkins in Writing and Directing and Mahershala Ali for Supporting Actor. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis took Actor and Supporting Actress for Fences.

In television, Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey’s Queen Sugar won Drama Series in its freshman season and black-ish won Comedy Series, Actor for show host Anthony Anderson, Actress for Tracee Ellis Ross, Supporting Actor for Laurence Fishburne, Writing for show creator Kenya Barris (for the episode “Hope”) and Marsai Martin for Young Actor/actress. Jussie Smollett (Empire) won Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tischina Arnold won Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Survivor’s Remorse and Ava DuVernay earned two more wins; for Documentary (13TH) and Writing in a Drama Series (Queen Sugar).

In music, Chance the Rapper won for Outstanding New Artist and Beyoncé slayed with five wins for her album Lemonade.

Margot Lee Shetterly was the winner for Outstanding Literary Work (Nonfiction) for Hidden Figures.

NAACP president and CEO Cornell William Brooks added, “The Image Awards is the premier showcase for art and advocacy reflecting the depth and diversity of the African-American experience. It is an American prism through which we see a breadth of culture and color reflected in film, television, music and literature in ways that reveal our shared humanity. At a moment when America is so divided, the Image Awards represents an hour that brings us together.”

Here is the complete list of winners for the 48th NAACP Image Awards:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
•    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Motion Picture
•    “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – (Film)
•    Barry Jenkins – “Moonlight” (A24)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)
•    Barry Jenkins “Moonlight” (A24)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
•    Denzel Washington – “Fences” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
•    Taraji P. Henson – “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
•    Mahershala Ali – “Moonlight” (A24)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
•    Viola Davis – “Fences” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
•    “Moonlight” (A24)

Outstanding Documentary – (Film)
•    “13th” (Netflix)

TELEVISION

Outstanding Comedy Series
•    “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
•    Anthony Anderson – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
•    Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
•    Laurence Fishburne – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
•    Tichina Arnold – “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

Outstanding Drama Series
•    “Queen Sugar” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
•    Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us” (NBC)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
•    Taraji P. Henson – “Empire” (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
•    Jussie Smollett – “Empire” (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
•    Naturi Naughton – “Power” (Starz)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
•    “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
•    Courtney B. Vance – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
•    Regina King – “American Crime” (ABC)

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
•    Donald Glover – “Atlanta” – Value (FX)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
•    John Singleton – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: The Race Card” – (FX)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)
•    Rick Famuyiwa – “Confirmation” – (HBO)

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
•    Kenya Barris – “black-ish” – Hope (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
•    Ava DuVernay – “Queen Sugar” – First Things First (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Television)
•    Charles Murray – “Roots (Night 3)” (History)

Outstanding Documentary – (Television)
•    “Roots: A New Vision” (History)

Outstanding News / Information – (Series or Special)
•    “BET Love and Happiness White House Special” (BET)

Outstanding Talk Series
•    “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series
•    “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
•    “2016 Black Girls Rock” (BET)

Outstanding Children’s Program
•    “An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win” (Amazon)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-series)
•    Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble
•    Roland S. Martin – “NewsOne Now with Roland S. Martin” (TV One)

RECORDING

Outstanding New Artist
•    Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)

Outstanding Male Artist
•    Maxwell (Columbia)

Outstanding Female Artist
•    Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
•    “Freedom” – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)

Outstanding Jazz Album
•    “Latin America Songbook” – Edward Simon (Sunnyside)

Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)
•    “One Way” – Tamela Mann (Tillymann, Inc.)

Outstanding Music Video
•    “Formation” – Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)

Outstanding Song – Traditional
•    “I See Victory” – Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams (I Am Other/Columbia)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
•    “Freedom” – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)

Outstanding Album
•    “Lemonade” – Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)

LITERATURE

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
•    “The Book of Harlan” – Bernice L. McFadden (Akashic Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
•    “Hidden Figures” – Margot Lee Shetterly (HarperCollins Publishers / William Morrow)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
•    “Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” – Trevor Noah (Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography
•    “Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” – Trevor Noah (Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
•    “The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage” – Daymond John (Author), Daniel Paisner (With), (Crown Business / The Crown Publishing Group)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
•    “Collected Poems: 1974 — 2004″ – Rita Dove (W. W. Norton & Company)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
•    “Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas” – Gwendolyn Hooks (Author), Colin Bootman (Illustrator), (Lee & Low Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
•    “As Brave As You” – Jason Reynolds (Simon & Schuster (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books))

ANIMATED/CGI

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – (Television or Film)
•    Idris Elba – “The Jungle Book” (Walt Disney Studios)

About Erik Anderson

Erik blames his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched them together since he opened his eyes. They also watched Miss Universe religiously every year (the pageantry!) and Erik came to the conclusion that the combination of these two things ultimately led him down the path to obsessing about awards and ACTRESSING. He began at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association), the International Press Academy and is the founder/editor of AwardsWatch.

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