'For Colored Girls', Denzel, Halle, & Tyler Perry Win At NAACP Image Awards

Tyler Perry won bigtime in the movie and TV categories, while Prince was a surprise guest to give Halle Berry the Best Actress award for Frankie & Alice as the 42nd NAACP Image Awards were announced tonight during the live broadcast from LA’s Shrine Auditorium on Fox. The special was hosted by Holly Robinson Peete and Wayne Brady while performers and Presenters included Halle Berry, LL Cool J, Affion Crockett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington and Vanessa Williams, Angela Bassett, NAACP Chairwoman Roslyn M. Brock, actress Loretta Devine, singer Jason Derülo, actress/singer Kat Graham, actor Dulé Hill, actor Anthony Mackie, Judge Greg Mathis, actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry, actress Sandra Oh, comedian Russell Peters and actress Anika Noni Rose. The special celebrated the accomplishments of people of color working in the fields of literature, music, television and film. Special honors included the Chairman’s Award recipient Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin and President’s Award recipient General Colin L. Powell.


Outstanding Motion Picture
For Colored Girls” (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington – “The Book of Eli” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Halle Berry – “Frankie & Alice” (Freestyle Releasing)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Samuel L. Jackson – “Mother and Child” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls” (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“Frankie & Alice” (Freestyle Releasing)

Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions)

Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical or Television)
“For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots” (PBS)

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Aaron McGruder – “The Boondocks” – The Fund-Raiser (Cartoon Network)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Shonda Rhimes – “Private Practice” – Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King? (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
Michael Elliot – “Just Wright” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Kevin Rodney Sullivan – “Modern Family” – Game Changer (ABC)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Millicent Shelton – “Men of A Certain Age” – Go with the Flow (TNT)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
Tyler Perry – “For Colored Girls” (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)

Outstanding Comedy Series
“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
David Mann – “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” (TBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Vanessa Williams – “Desperate Housewives” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ice Cube – “Are We There Yet?” (TBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family” (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
LL Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Regina King – “Southland” (TNT)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Terrence Howard – “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
S. Epatha Merkerson – “Law & Order” (NBC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“Sins of the Mother” (Lifetime Movie Network)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Idris Elba – “Luther” (BBC America)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Jill Scott – “Sins of the Mother” (Lifetime Movie Network)

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Darnell Williams – “All My Children” (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

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

Outstanding Talk Series
“The View” (ABC)

Outstanding Reality Series
“Sunday Best” (BET Network)

Outstanding Variety Series or Special
“UNCF An Evening of Stars Tribute to Lionel Ritchie” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Children’s Program
“True Jackson, VP” (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program Series or Special
Keke Palmer – “True Jackson, VP” (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding New Artist
Willow (Roc Nation/Columbia Records)

Outstanding Male Artist
Usher (Laface/Jive Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
Mary J. Blige (Geffen Records/Matriarch)

Outstanding Duo or Group or Collaboration
John Legend and The Roots (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album
“From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf – Live in Marciac” – The Wynton Marsalis Quintet & Richard Galliano (The Orchard)

Outstanding Gospel Album – Traditional or Contemporary
“You Are Not Alone” – Mavis Staples (ANTI Records)

Outstanding World Music Album
“VOCAbuLarieS” – Bobby McFerrin (Universal Music Group/Decca/Emarcy)

Outstanding Music Video
“Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)” – Alicia Keys (J Records)

Outstanding Song
“Bittersweet” – Fantasia (J Records)

Outstanding Album
“Wake Up!” – John Legend and The Roots (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
“Getting to Happy” – Terry McMillan (Penguin Group)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” – Michelle Alexander (The New Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
“The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” – Isabel Wilkerson (Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Auto-Biography
“You Don’t Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles” – Ray Charles Robinson, Jr. (Crown)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
“A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life” – Antwone Fisher (Touchstone, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
“100 Best African-American Poems” – Nikki Giovanni (Sourcebooks MediaFusion)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
“My Brother Charlie” – Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete (Authors), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator) (Scholastic Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Condoleezza Rice A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me” – Condoleezza Rice (Random House Children’s Books)

  1. Tyler Perry has confounded the powers that be for quite some time; he should own a studio at this point because he is fairly astute at BO metrics & the funding of critically acclaimed projects like this.

    From Director Jon Wilkman, recent interview:

    “Jon Wilkman: We found people who were under-represented. Oscar Micheaux, the African-American filmmaker (early 20’s – 1940’s), really represents the power of the movies. Because he got inspired to make movies by seeing BIRTH OF A NATION. Black viewers were not seeing themselves accurately depicted on screen. He said ‘I think we can find an audience out there.’ The movies should include everyone, depicted fairly. He started making movies, showing them in tiny towns.

    Q: Tyler Perry has been shaking up the box office and everybody was shaking their heads for a while. It sounds familiar.

    Jon Wilkman: Tyler Perry is the (Hollywood) great god-son of Oscar Michaeux, and I bet he knows who Oscar Micheaux is! It is exactly that story — ‘I know my audience, it’s not being fully served, and I am going to make those films.'”

  2. It would be great if the award categories expanded to include at least one foreign category to acknowledge some of the excellent work around the world.
    and congrats to Antwone Fisher on his win..I have gifted his book twice already to young relatives.

    1. Actually, the NAACP Awards do have a Foreign Film Catagory. This year’s nominees were: A Barfoot Dream, Biutiful, Four Lions, Mother and Outside the Law. The winner was Biutiful.

  3. If Caucasians had their own “whites only” awards ceremony, or worse, their own White Entertainment Television network, non-whites would be screaming “RACIST” from the rooftops.

    Minorities: you honestly want equality? This is not how you do it.

    1. Really, Ace. Then why don’t you tell people of color “how it is done”. I can only assume you know very little about the lack of job opportunities for people of color in this business. And although there is some obvious attempts of diversity in network television and major motion pictures, for many, the industry is still viewed as “whites only, and I must add, “women over the age of 35 need not apply.” Why don’t you take some time and actually watch network television and go to some movies. Do you see a decent amount of performers of color is lead roles? I doubt it. But you appear to be the kind of person who doesn’t really pay attention to things like that until minority sensitive causes are brought up. You’re probably the type of person who says, “Hey, you’ve already got a black president. what else do you want?” Let me list some network show for you: “How I Met Your Mother” no person of color as a series regular. “Two and Half Men”. no person of color as a series regular. “Cougar Town”, “The Middle”, “Raising Hope” on and on and on. And don’t get me started about the disparity in salaries. And when there is a diverse cast, there’s usually only one person. “Rules Of Engagement” is a perfect example. It’s a little better on basic cable. You should study the issue a little further before making the ignorant comments you’ve made. But I have a feeling you are a lost cause when it comes to racial awareness.

      1. U.A., we agree on many things in other posts on other topics, and I know you’re intelligent and well-spoken, so let me try to clarify a couple of things. Just as the “David Duke” comment below reeks of racism toward me (in a pretty ironic sort of way), the people who are arguing my points are also mostly taking cheap shots (Charlie Sheen quotes – really?) and name-calling.

        But what you just wrote: I agree with most of it.

        My observations regarding BET and The NAACP awards was simply that they’re as “in-your-face” racist as any entertainment content that blacks complain about whites, to the point of being obvious with an “I dare you, white people, to criticize these things.” They’re not racist in an ugly way, but when you single out or intentionally disclude a race – that’s racism, no? None of you can honestly sit there and say it’s not. The definition of racism applies both ways, to all parties. Just because (any of) you are a minority does not give you carte blanche to do something in the name of racial balance, which you would be offended by if that other person did it. That’s hypocrisy. My comparison to an all-white awards program or TV network is apt: if we had a White Television Network, or a Caucasian (or Jewish) Entertainment Achievement Awards ceremony… Well, obviously nobody would dare. And why? Because that’s racist.

        Now, if your argument(s) is that not enough people of color are represented in entertainment – specifically in TV & films – then I completely agree with all of you. But it’s economics: my other comments about mass audience supporting these projects applies. Advertising funds television, not the other way around. With TV, advertisers know who (what race, age, gender, etc) are watching what programs, and how and where to spend their advertising dollars. If they find that minorities are buying their products in greater numbers, they will produce more mainstream TV with minorities, and in more prominent roles. The tail does not wag the dog in Hollywood (in almost all cases), money does.

        For the record I am a white male, and I’m the least racist or bigoted person you will know. Whether you groan at that statement, whether you agree with me or not, because of my color-blindness I feel I am objectively fair. Can you all say the same? As I’m not black, I can’t begin to claim to know what blacks know or feel about their journey and life. Obviously, there are still people in this country who are purposefully racist, and there are lots of whites who don’t understand that the things they do and the way they think might be construed as racist by minorities. This is a problem and process of education (or lack thereof) and is constantly changing.

        But all of that is a social issue. My original observation was/is about the entertainment industry being run on money, not racism. There is some racism, there is some ageism, there is some protectionism, there is some nepotism… just like any other industry. But at the end of the day, TV shows and movies that (are speculated to) make the most money are the ones that will get produced, no matter the content nor the color of anyone’s skin.

        I’ll leave it at this: instead of the name-calling and personal insults, it would be best if all sides could sit down over a couple of beers and LISTEN to each other without prejudice; put the shoe on the other foot; put yourself in that other person’s situation and see things from that other person’s point of view. We would all learn a lot from and about each other. Education – that’s what will help create equality, not sticking a big middle-finger in your (perceived) adversary’s face.

      2. I believe you are right that there is discrimination. But with around 10 to 12% of the population and most of that in the ghettos with no or little education. What representation on screen would you consider fair?

    2. I love how someone says something stupid like this every year. ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and the CW are basically the White Entertainment Networks. You just can’t call them that. Wake up, Ace.

    3. I love how idiots like Ace expose themselves while trying to complain against racism. The irony is staggering.

      1. And yet you, and the two commenters above you, don’t ever seem to understand comments like this. You immediately think “racist” and don’t think any deeper than that.

        Reverse racism is still… racism. Blacks want to be recognized by the entire industry for outstanding entertainment? Then produce some outstanding entertainment. If you can prove you have the audience for it, those projects will get produced. Hollywood doesn’t care what films (or TV) it makes, only that they make money. I could (again) go into a long diatribe about the films Hollywood would make if there was/is an audience who will pay to see them, but take my word for it here.

        Were there any outstanding “black” films this year? Sure that’s a subjective question, and although the Academy voters can be shallow and swayed by a good Oscar campaign, they also know quality filmmaking. As do we all.

        Minorities constantly spout off about the lack of minorities in film/TV. That may be true, but the real question is why. You may cry “racism”, but the fact is that minority films (generalizing here) do not make the box office money needed to consider green-lighting those projects. Some happen, sure, and some are very good. But for whatever reason (I honestly believe it’s the lack of a large enough paying audience), they don’t make enough money. And that’s the reason they don’t get made, not racism. So the minority response is to create and perpetuate something (or -things) that are obviously and distastefully racist? Hollywood producers are much more greedy than they are racist.

        You minorities have outstanding, quality projects? BRING THEM. And I don’t mean Tyler Perry kind of projects, I mean stuff that will stand toe-to-toe with films like the top ten nominated films this year. I’ll bet you think/believe that black people “were robbed” at this year’s ceremony. Let me tell you something, everyone thinks “their people” were robbed. (Chris Nolan not getting nominated for director, for example, but the film won most of its nominated awards…)

        It’s very, very difficult to break into Hollywood – for all races. As a producer and audience member, I want a good story. I couldn’t care less what color your skin is. Bottom line is, you should quit bitching and playing the race card, and instead bring some quality projects to the table that a mass audience wants to pay to see. Otherwise, you’re stuck with Tyler Perry (who makes money on ALL of his projects, btw).

        And watch your tone with the name-calling. It shows how sophomoric you are. You have no idea who I am.

        1. I have to partially agree with Ace. The issue is not in front of the camera but behind it. If there were more Tyler Perrys out there finding a way to do their thing their way, then you can more presence in front of the camera. Granted, he’s not writing or producing much mainstream award bait but he’s out there. He’s talented actresses to work. That’s key. He’s providing them with some pretty meaty roles.

          HOWEVER, I disagree with Ace in saying that Hollywood can’t make money off of “black movies”. There is an audience — and it isn’t just a black one. Movie audiences either want to be entertained or they want to watch a compelling and/or enjoyable story unfold onscreen. It’s simple as that. Whether they be black, white, asian, native american or indian…a compelling and/or enjoyable story is just that.

          Unfortunately, much of Hollywood is of the same mindset as Ace but with more people of color (of all races) behind the scenes, things can change.

      1. Which part was “redneck thinking”? The parts where you completely agree with and support two of my points just a few comments down from here?

  4. 2011 and there’s still an African American only awards show and the Oscars had three African American’s on stage… For as far as we’ve come we’re a long way from where we need to be…

    1. 2011 and not only don’t people get the purpose of the Image Award but still refer to it as an African-American only awards show.

  5. And exactly how many minorities were nominated for an Oscar and how many minorities are leads on network television?

    1. The real question to ask is how many African-Americans gave Oscar-worthy performances or even got Oscar-worthy roles in 2010?

      A lot of deserving white folks got edged out of the Oscars too, like Christopher Nolan, snub city.

      And there are FOUR network pilots with African-American leads which you’d know if you actually read Deadline.

      I’m black and I’m tired of people moaning.

  6. Ace- and obviously I realize I’m responding to a lower form of intelligence, NAACP were created to combat the LACK of ethnic presence at the Oscars and other award shows. So they could do things like say ACCEPT IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE unlike Hattie McDaniel who won best supporting actress yet COULDNT get the award in a room full of white people & had to accept in a different place all together.

    Know the history before you spew nonsense

    1. The key word here: History. And I agree that there was a reason for creating the NAACP Image Awards back in the day. But these days… no. The point has been well made/taken, and these days everyone is welcomed in all phases of all entertainment awards.

      And if the “C” of NAACP stands for all colored people, where were the Asians in the NAACP awards? Don’t you think they’re pissed off that they weren’t “fairly represented” in the ceremony… or the nominations… or the presenters… just exactly as blacks feel about the Academy Awards? Sure, a token Latino filmmaker or actor was included, but pretty much everyone else – overwhelmingly African American. Just which colored people are we talking about here?

      You see my point? It’s pretty obvious.

      1. Ace,

        Pull your head out of your denial and start intersecting with reality. Go through a studio’s executive offices and see how many non-whites are there making decisions! 100% of the decisions in Hollywood are made by white people. Is there a single black executive with the power to greenlight a motion picture?

        I’m disgusted by people like you, Ace. After a century of white filmmakers demeaning and degrading black people on screen (when they weren’t ignoring our existence altogether)while white America denied it or didn’t care, now you’ve got the gall to preach to us about how to end racism? The way to end racism is for white people to own up to their responsibility for it and stop being selfish and hateful and insecure.

        You’re a fool, Ace, I’m sorry to be so blunt but it is true. People like you with your thoughtless insensitiviy, willful ignorance, and heartless refusal to understand what the situation is like for non-whites in Hollywood are the major obstruction to our ability to participate in this industry in a substantive way.

        We all support this industry with our boxoffice dollars and ad dollars. We should all have an equal opportunity to participate.

        Just a question, you claim to be a producer who doesn’t care what color someone’s skin is, so how many projects do you have in which the lead or subject matter is non-white?

        1. Zzzzzzzzz…. You can’t even stir me with that diatribe. Heard it all before. You reply to my post, but you have no specific response to anything I said? Sounds more like you, personally, don’t want an “equal opportunity to participate” in Hollywood, you want Affirmative Action. Your inclusion to participate isn’t a payback for your contributions to movie tickets, it’s based on a prospective project that will likely make money – enough upside potential to make their financial risk worth it.

          You think Hollywood isn’t fair to minorities? Okay, example: a friend of mine (white male) goes to Paramount to pitch his writing work to a show runner. Alas, he doesn’t get the job. Since he’s not black, he can’t complain about not getting the gig because he’s black (effectively, “playing the race card”). He didn’t get the job because, perhaps, there’s someone more talented than he, or with a better project than he. Ever think about that? Ever think about how competitive Hollywood is for everyone? When nobody takes my calls, I don’t get to say, “it’s because I’m not Jewish.” That’s whiny bullshit. Look, Hollywood is full of powerful white guys (mostly Jews, but who’s counting) because it was started by powerful (and talented) white guys. Just like politics in America. Just like industry in America.

          I’m not preaching to you on how to end racism. I’m suggesting you look at the problem from the other person’s point of view. How do non-blacks perceive the NAACP awards? Do you think non-blacks perceive BET as racist? Do you even give a crap what non-blacks think? From the demeaning tone of your comment, I’d say ‘no’.

          Just what is your suggestion of how “white people [should] own up to their responsibility for [racism]”? (I can’t wait to hear this one…)

          And allow me to answer your question about powerful blacks greenlighting a project: Antoine Fuqua, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee… They don’t have to be executives to get a project greenlit, only powerful and talented – which all of these people (and more) are. You simply choose to ignore these facts to satisfy your argument.

          As to your last question, the answer is moot. No matter how I answer, you’ll either call me a liar or bigot/racist. I do not have the power to greenlight any project. But if I did, it would probably be a story about a white person/people. Why? Because I’m white, and white culture is what I know best. If I tried to produce a story about black people or culture, it would ring untrue – and rightly so. That fact doesn’t make me racist.

          Every year, strides are made to include more women and minorities in the upper-echelons of the entertainment industry. A woman actually won Best Director last year – unheard of! But if you truly want equality in Hollywood, propping up an archaic (and, perhaps, offensive) symbol of “the way it was” isn’t going to help your case today, nor heading into the future. You wanna play with the big boys? Then toughen up, quit bitching and do your very best work – just like everyone else.

  7. It kinds annoys me when people rick are saying that was only 3 African minorities on stage at the oscars. No offense but exactly how many minorities are a list? Yeah like 3. It’s not really racist. Just Hollywood

  8. Terence,

    Thanks for the clarification, but I hope you don’t walk around saying “COLORED people” in your daily life.

    1. the NAACP stands for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. it was created during a time when we were called “colored people”. but the good thing about that term is that it includes ALL people of color. whether they be Latin, Asian, Native American etc.

  9. I love the NAACP Image Awards and believe they are a vibrant and important honor for our industry, regardless of one’s skin color.

    That said, I do wish the awards were more encompassing of all of the diversity (including Asians, Native Americans, Latinos/Chicanos) who make a vital contribution to Hollywood. Sometimes I get frustrated when the NAACP, in its social advocacy role, only speaks up when it comes to black-affected issues, seeing has how they could be more relevant and powerful by speaking out when it comes to injustice as it affects anyone of any race, gender or creed.

    The same logic, by extension, could apply to its doling out of these awards. Broaden the criteria and broaden those who are eligible for it. That can only serve to raise the stature and relevance of the NAACP in terms of these Hollywood awards. (And in other realms a similarly applied way of thinking could also elevate the NAACP’s broader social justice mandate in 2011 and beyond. )

    Just my two cents.

  10. Really? How so? The NAACP awards has honored people of different races. Sofia Vergara, who is a white Latina, won this year in an acting category. Past recipient for awards have been white.

    Did you look at who the president of the NAACP is?

    Amazingly, people like you can’t seem to get it through your head that award shows like the ALMA Awards, which honors Latin performers, the Asian Excellence Awards, and the NAACP Image Awards are designed to recognize people of color because they are often not given recognition for their efforts.

    I wonder when St. Patrick’s Day, which honors the Irish, rolls around do you protest?

  11. I wonder what kind of flack it would cause if there was award called THE GREAT WHITE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD? Now that would be a CHARLIE SHEEN IE: train wreck for sure.

  12. Ace is a producer? Wow, sounds like a bored assistant, intern or mailroom clerk. Who cares who you are. If you were of any importance you wouldn’t have time to participate in a battle of words on here! Go back to school because I doubt that you are producing anything noteworthy. I work for an A-list producer and no way would he, a CE, or DoD have time to do what you have done. If we were all treated equally then there would not be a need for these organizations. But we are not, so get over it. I LOVE THE NAACP IMAGE AWARDS!!!!!!!!

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