44th NAACP Image Awards - Show

The evening was filled with highs.

Kerry Washington thanked those who came before. “This award does not belong to me,” said Washington, who plays a slave separated from her husband in “Django Unchained,” as she picked up her first trophy of the evening for her role in the film directed by Quentin Tarantino. “It belongs to our ancestors. We shot this film on a slave plantation, and they were with us along every step of the way.”

Don Cheedle was awarded the outstanding actor in a comedy series trophy for his role as a slick management consultant in Showtime’s “House of Lies.” “This doesn’t belong just to me, but I am taking it home tonight,” joked Cheedle.

“Red Tails,” the drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, was honored as outstanding motion picture. “Look! I beat Quentin Tarantino,” beamed “Red Tails” executive producer George Lucas as he accepted the award.

LL Cool J, who was honored as outstanding actor in a drama series for CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles,” dedicated his trophy to fellow nominee Michael Clarke Duncan, “The Green Mile” and “The Finder” actor who died last year.

Sidney Poitier presented Harry Belafonte with the Spingarn Award, which honors outstanding achievement by an African American. His honor was followed by a serenade from Wyclef Jean and Common.

The complete list of winners for the 44th annual NAACP Image Awards:

Television Comedy Series
The Game” (BET)

Actor in a Comedy Series
Don CheadleHouse Of Lies” (Showtime)
Cassi DavisTyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Lance GrossTyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Vanessa Williams Desperate Housewives” (ABC)

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Drama Series
Scandal” (ABC)

Actor in a Drama Series
LL Cool JNCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)

Actress in a Drama Series
Kerry WashingtonScandal” (ABC)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Omar EppsHouse M.D.”(FOX)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Loretta DevineGrey’s Anatomy”(ABC)

Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)

Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Cuba Gooding, Jr. “Hallmark Hall of Fame’s FIRELIGHT” (ABC)

Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Alfre Woodard Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)

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Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Kristoff St. JohnThe Young and the Restless” (CBS)

Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Tatyana AliThe Young and the Restless”(CBS)

News/Information (Series or Special)
Unsung” (TV One)

Talk Series
The View” (ABC)

Reality Series
Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN)

Variety Series or Special
Black Girls Rock” (BET)

Children’s Program
Kasha and the Zulu King” (BET)

Performance in a Youth/ Children’s Program – (Series or Special)
Loretta DevineDoc McStuffins” (Disney Junior block on Disney Channel)


New Artist
Elle Varner (MBK/RCA)

Male Artist
Usher (RCA Records)

Female Artist
Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Duo, Group or Collaboration
Mary Mary (Columbia)

Jazz Album
The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection” The Preservation Hall Jazz Band(Legacy)

Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
Go Get ItMary Mary (Columbia)

World Music Album
All of MeEstelle (Atlantic)

Music Video
Girl On FireAlicia Keys (RCA Records)

I Look To YouWhitney Houston and R. Kelly (RCA Records)

I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston (RCA Records)

Literary Work – Fiction

The Reverend’s WifeKimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central Publishing)

Literary Work – Non-Fiction
The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme CourtJeffrey Toobin (Doubleday)

Literary Work – Debut Author
Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own WordsDarryl L. Lacy (Darryl L. Lacy (iUniverse)

Literary Work – Biography/Auto-Biography
Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for ChangeJohn Lewis (Hyperion)

Literary Work – Instructional
Health First: The Black Woman’s Wellness GuideEleanor Hinton Hoytt, Hilary Beard (SmileyBooks)

Literary Work – Poetry
Speak WaterTruth Thomas (Cherry Castle Publishing)

Literary Work – Children
What Color is My World?Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymond Obstfeld (Author), A.G. Ford (Illustrator) (Candlewick Press)

Literary Work – Youth/Teens
Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons A Dialogue With America’s Young LeadersGregory Reed (Amber Books)

Film Motion Picture
Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)

Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel WashingtonFlight” (Paramount Pictures)

Actress in a Motion Picture
Viola DavisWon’t Back Down” (20th Century Fox)

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Samuel L. JacksonDjango Unchained” (Weinstein Co.)

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Kerry WashingtonDjango Unchained” (Weinstein Co.)

Independent Motion Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) & “Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)

International Motion Picture
The Intouchables” (Weinstein Co.)

Documentary (Theatrical or Television)
On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard Of” (Showtime)

Writing in a Comedy Series
Marc WilmoreThe Simpsons” – The Spy Who Learned Me (FOX)

Writing in a Dramatic Series
Cheo Hodari CokerSouthLAnd” – God’s Work (TNT)

Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
Elizabeth HunterAbducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lifetime)

Directing in a Comedy Series
Ken WhittinghamParks and Recreation” (NBC)

Directing in a Dramatic Series
Paris BarclaySmash” (NBC)

Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
Benh ZeitlinBeasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

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