NAACP Awards Highlights and Winners

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Scandal star Kerry Washington was glowing at the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, February 22 in Pasadena, California. The red carpet included a Whos Who of  Black Star Power. 12 Years a Slave took top honors at the 45th annual NAACP Image Awards, where Kevin Hart was named entertainer of the year.

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Lupita Nyong’o took home the first honor of the telecast for her work in 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen won top directing honors and John Ridley took home writing honors for the slavery drama. Nyong’o praised Oprah Winfrey, whom she beat out for the supporting actress award, calling it “a deep, deep honor to be holding this trophy.”

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Angela Bassett took outstanding motion picture actress for Black Nativity, and Forest Whitaker won outstanding motion picture actor for Lee Daniels’ The Butler

On the television side, LL Cool J won outstanding actor in a drama series for CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles and Kerry Washington won outstanding drama series actress for ABC’sScandal, which also took outstanding drama series. BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood won outstanding comedy series, with the show’s Kevin Hart winning acting honors.

Winfrey delivered a heartfelt tribute to late South African President Nelson Mandela midway through the ceremony.

Source Hollywood Reporter 

The Winners are listed below…

Kevin D. Johnson (Johnson Media Inc.)
Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

“Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers” – Frank X Walker (University of Georgia Press) (WINNER)
“Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid” – Nikki Giovanni (HarperCollins, William Morrow)
“Hum” – Jamaal May (Alice James Books)
“The Cineaste: Poems” – A. Van Jordan (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)
“The Collected Poems of Ai” – Ai (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
“Nelson Mandela” – Kadir Nelson (HarperCollins Children’s Books/Katherine TegenBooks) (WINNER)
“I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl!” – Betty K. Bynum (Author), Claire Armstrong-Parod (Illustrator) (Dream Title Publishing)
“Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me” – Daniel Beaty (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator) (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
“Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song” – Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
“You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!” – Jonah Winter (Author), Terry Widener (Illustrator) (RH Childrens Books; Schwartz & Wade)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

“Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers” – Tanya Lee
Stone (Candlewick Press) (WINNER)

“God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens” – Romal Tune (Judson Press)
“Invasion” – Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic Press/Scholastic)
“Raising the Bar” – Gabrielle Douglas (Zondervan)
“Serafina’s Promise: A Novel In Verse” – Ann E. Burg (Scholastic Press/Scholastic)

DOCUMENTARIES

Outstanding Documentary – (Theatrical)

“Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” (Codeblack Films/Lionsgate) (WINNER)
“20 Feet from Stardom” (Tremolo & Gil Friesen Productions)
“Call Me Kuchu” (Lindy Hop Pictures LLC)
“Girl Rising” (The Documentary Group)
“The New Black” (Promised Land Film)

Outstanding Documentary – (Television)

“Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic ” (Showtime) (WINNER)
“Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream” (HBO)
“Dark Girls” (OWN)
“Venus Vs.” (ESPN)
“Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley” (HBO)