'The Help', Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer Win At NAACP Image Awards

The Help accumulated more accolades tonight with the NAACP Image Awards naming it Best Motion Picture, and Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were chosen Best Actress and Supporting Actress. Ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium were hosted by Sanaa Latham and Anthony Mackie. In addition, the Founding Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association received the NAACP President’s Award. A list of winners in motion picture and TV categories follows:

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Motion Picture
“The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/
Participant Media/
Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Laz Alonso – “Jumping the Broom”
(TriStar Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Viola Davis – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/
Participant Media/
Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Mike Epps – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/
Participant Media/
Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“Pariah” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
“In the Land of Blood and Honey” (FilmDistrict)

DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding Documentary – (Theatrical or Television)
“Sing Your Song” (HBO Documentary Films)

WRITING

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil – “The Game” – Parachutes….Beach Chairs (BET)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Lolis Eric Elie – “Treme” – Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues? (HBO)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)
Ann Peacock – “The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)

DIRECTING

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Leonard R. Garner Jr. – “Rules of Engagement” – The Set Up (CBS)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Ernest Dickerson – “Treme” – Do Watcha Wanna (HBO)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)
Salim Akil – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

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

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Malcolm-Jamal Warner – “Reed Between the Lines” (BET)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Reed Between the Lines” (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nick Cannon – “Up All Night” (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Keshia Knight Pulliam – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Outstanding Drama Series
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC)

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

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

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
James Pickens, Jr. – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“Thurgood” (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Laurence Fishburne – “Thurgood” (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Taraji P. Henson – “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Emerson Brooks – “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
“Oprah’s Lifeclass” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Outstanding Reality Series
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)

Outstanding Variety Series or Special
“Oprah Presents: Master Class” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Outstanding Children’s Program
“I Can Be President: A Kid’s-Eye View” (HBO)

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

  1. Congrats to the winners, when all is said and done, I’m very dissatisfied with lack of choices. I also believe they should add a cayegory for webseries to nurture the careers of the young writers producing content on the web.

  2. To give awards to things like Jumping The Broom Rules of Engagement and frankly anything Tyler Perry has ever produced is proof that there are too many awards ceremonies in awards season.

    1. Actually, RoE isn’t a very bad show. OTHO, this years’ noms were horrible, espiecially the ones with House of Payne. And one can wonder about Nick Cannon and his Outstanding Supponting Actor/Comedy nom, even though he was a recurring character.

  3. Come on NAACP all that money you spend every year honoring Tyler Perry who has made reducing black people to clownish stereotypes an art form could have sent how many underprivelaged youths to an ivy league university? You do so much good and yet you annually celebrate a class of underachievers by submitting to the peer preassure of producing another in a long line of Hollywood awards shows that the general public could care less about. Congradulations you managed to spend hundreds of thousands that could have been put to better use and all you managed to do was celebrate mediocrity and worse ruin a perfectly good night of tv.

    1. Well, to be fair their options are quite limited. Original scripted series that star majority black characters (since the majority that are nominated are black Americans).

      – Tyler Perry –
      House Of Payne – TBS
      Meet The Browns – TBS
      For Better Or Worse – TBS

      – Everyone Else –
      Are We There Yet? – TBS (Ali Leroi)
      The Game – BET (Mara Brock Akil)
      Single Ladies – VH1 (Stacy Littlejohn)
      Let’s Stay Together – BET (Jacque Cofer Edmonds)
      Love That Girl – TVOne (Bentley Kyle Evans)
      Reed Between The Lines – BET (Kellie Griffin)

      Honestly, I think that’s it. The pickings be slim I reckon. One drama, two dramedies, six multi-cams.

      1. Oh, I also forgot to mention Treme, but that show has a very diverse cast with folks like John Goodman and Steve Zahn (so I am not sure what people think about that one).

  4. A repeat from last year….

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

    A good actress however within the last year I’d say she had about 10 minutes of screen time while others had tons more. Last year Ali won with about 5 minutes of screen time for the year.

    Where was Debbie Morgan’s nomination? She would certainly have been a more deserving and credible winner.

  5. Some of these winners are embarrassing. I won’t harp on Dee Rees’ loss in film direction, but Emerson Brooks (actor in soap, ALL MY CHILDREN) was literally in about 11 episodes and his newness to acting REALLY showed especially compared to Darnell Williams. I’d bet most of those who voted for him, have no idea who he is.

  6. Each year when they present the Best Picture Award, five white people take the stage to accept. This is the best illustration of the continuing bias against black and the continuing failure of Black artist to support their own.

    2012 maids and Tyler Perry.

  7. Laz Alonso won an award? For acting? Seriously?

    There are so many great black actors, how the hell did this guy win something more than a church raffle?

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