The 53rd NAACP Image Awards topped Jennifer Hudson with its high honor Entertainment of the Year throughout its telecast on Saturday night. The present acknowledged the achievements and performances of individuals of coloration throughout quite a few classes together with excellent movement image, which went to Netflix’s The Harder They Fall.
Hudson additionally took house excellent actress in a movement image for her portrayal of Aretha Franklin in MGM/UA’s Respect. Will Smith gained excellent actor for enjoying Richard Williams, father to Serena and Venus Williams, in Warner Bros.’ King Richard. Both performers thanked the households of their onscreen personas of their acceptance speeches. Insecure gained excellent comedy collection and excellent actress in a comedy collection for Issa Rae. This Is Us’ Sterling Okay. Brown and 9-1-1’s Angela Bassett picked up the award within the drama actor and actress classes, respectively.
Black-ish star Anthony Anderson returned to host the awards present for the ninth yr in a row from a studio in Los Angeles. Anderson was additionally nominated for excellent actor in a comedy collection for Black-ish, which he gained for the eighth consecutive yr. “I’d like to thank my mama for sleeping with my daddy and making me,” Anderson stated whereas accepting the award subsequent to his mom. “I’m just a kid from Compton. If you dream and believe, anything is possible.”
“This is the one place where they can’t stop Black people from voting,” Anderson stated on the high of his opening remarks, throughout which he additionally praised Ketanji Brown Jackson, who on Feb. 25 turned the primary Black girl to be nominated to the Supreme Court.
The significance of voting rights was a recurring theme all through the printed, with Anderson providing a reminder of NAACP’s efforts “to ensure that right is protected.”
In his acceptance speech for the Chairman Award, actor Samuel L. Jackson urged viewers to choose up the struggle for voting rights throughout the nation. “We can put our legs, our bodies, and our voices to work to make sure people do get out and vote … no matter what they do to keep us from doing it,” Jackson stated. “And I hope you all will do that. And maybe one day, someone will end up with one of these [awards] because you used your legs, your voice and your body.”
NAACP Chairman of the Board Leon W. Russell launched the Chairman Award to Samuel L. Jackson in a pre-recorded video shot on the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, which is the primary memorial devoted to the legacy of enslaved Black folks and victims of lynching. Other presenters additionally appeared from iconic places, reminiscent of Questlove on the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and Simu Liu at Black Star Collectibles, a Black-owned comedian guide retailer in Los Angeles.
Mary J. Blige carried out stay from Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater, singing the title monitor from her most up-to-date album Good Morning Gorgeous in addition to “Love No Limit” from her 1992 debut What’s the 411?
Scot X. Esdaile, a member of NAACP’s nationwide board of administrators, was named Activist of the Year. Howard University scholar Channing Hill, president of Howard University’s NAACP chapter, was named Youth Activist of the Year. Ruth E. Carter, who made historical past as the primary Black girl to win an Oscar for costume design for Black Panther, was honored with the Vanguard Award.
Kerry Washington appeared in individual to current the Social Justice Award to Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of The 1619 Project that Washington described as “elucidating the absolute centrality of Black history to the history of the United States.” Added Washington, “Those who are in the vanguard of progress need a passion for the truth.” The actress additionally praised the Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at Howard University’s School of Communications for “defending and uplifting our history and the spectacular truth of our stories on this shared land.”
“This award is not really about me,” stated Hannah-Jones in her acceptance speech. “As of now, some 36 states have passed or are considering bills to make it harder to teach about racism and inequality. Politicians are using the power of the state to whitewash an already whitewashed history. Books and ideas about the black experience, about the LGBTQ community, are being banned. These anti-history laws go hand in hand with regressive policies that aim to restrict our civil and voting rights. A healthy society does not ban ideas, and attacks on books are an attack on democracy.”
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson introduced the President’s Award to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, for his or her dedication to public service. The pair’s nonprofit group Archewell has partnered with NAACP to create the Oswell Digital Civil Rights Award, to be given yearly to “leaders creating transformational change at the intersection of social justice and technology.” Dr. Sophia Noble, co-founder of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, is the inaugural recipient of the award.
“This is the era of the digital justice movement,” Markel stated. “We are proud to companion with NAACP and every of you to translate the very important efforts of those that got here earlier than us to the fashionable challenges that exist forward of us.
Notable winners from the week-long reveal of non-televised ceremonies, which concluded Friday, ranged from CODA for greatest impartial movie to Encanto for animated movie. Best efficiency winners included Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Hart, who gained for greatest actress and actor in a TV film, restricted collection or dramatic particular, for Annie Live! and True Story, respectively.
View the newest winners listing, which is updating stay, beneath. See the winners from the primary two nights of non-televised classes right here, from Night 3 right here, Night 4 right here and Night 5 right here.
Entertainer of the Year
Jennifer Hudson (WINNER)
Lil Nas X
Megan Thee Stallion
Outstanding Motion Picture
The Harder They Fall (Netflix) (WINNER)
Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros. Pictures)
King Richard (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Respect (Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/United Artists Releasing)
The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Hulu Original / New Slate Ventures / Lee Daniels Entertainment / Roth-Krischenbaum Films)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Will Smith – King Richard (Warner Bros. Pictures) (WINNER)
Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth (Apple TV+ / A24)
Jonathan Majors – The Harder They Fall (Netflix)
LaKeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Mahershala Ali – Swan Song (Apple TV+)
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Jennifer Hudson – Respect (Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/United Artists Releasing) (WINNER)
Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Hulu Original / New Slate Ventures / Lee Daniels Entertainment / Roth-Krischenbaum Films)
Halle Berry – Bruised (Netflix)
Tessa Thompson – Passing (Netflix)
Zendaya – Malcolm & Marie (Netflix)
Outstanding Comedy Series
Insecure (HBO) (WINNER)
Harlem (Amazon Studios)
Run the World (Starz)
The Upshaws (Netflix)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish (ABC) (WINNER)
Cedric the Entertainer – The Neighborhood (CBS)
Don Cheadle – Black Monday (Showtime)
Elisha ‘EJ’ Williams – The Wonder Years (ABC)
Jay Ellis – Insecure (HBO)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Issa Rae – Insecure (HBO) (WINNER)
Loretta Devine – Family Reunion (Netflix)
Regina Hall – Black Monday (Showtime)
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish (ABC)
Yvonne Orji – Insecure (HBO)
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling Okay. Brown – This Is Us (NBC) (WINNER)
Billy Porter – Pose (FX Network)
Damson Idris – Snowfall (FX Network)
Forest Whitaker – Godfather of Harlem (EPIX)
Kofi Siriboe – Queen Sugar (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Angela Bassett – 9-1-1 (FOX) (WINNER)
Dawn-Lyen Gardner – Queen Sugar (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Octavia Spencer – Truth Be Told (Apple TV+)
Queen Latifah – The Equalizer (CBS)
Rutina Wesley – Queen Sugar (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Social Media Personality of the Year
@Laronhinesofficial – Laron Hines (WINNER)
@Euniquejg – Eunique Jones GIbson
@KevOnStage – Kevin Fredericks
@_Lyneezy – Lanae Vanee
@Terrellgrice – Terrell Grice