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'Selma', 'Black-Ish,' 'HTGAWM' Dominate NAACP Image Awards – Complete Winners List

The Martin Luther King Jr biopic Selma marched away with four trophies to top the movie field at the 46th annual Image AwardsNAACP Image Awards tonight. The Best Picture Oscar nominee won for Outstanding Motion Picture, Actor (David Oyelowo), Supporting Actor (Common) and Supporting Actress (Carmen Ejogo). A pair of rookie ABC shows dominated the TV side as Black-ish swept all five comedy series categories and Shonda Rimes’ How To Get Away With Murder took three including Outstanding Drama Series and Lead Actress for Viola Davis. Taraji P. Henson, star of the feature No Good Deed, won for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture and also was named Entertainer of the Year.

Hardware was handed out it 10 categories during tonight’s ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, whichDavid Oyewolo Will Smith Image Awards_edited-1 aired on TVOne. Anthony Anderson, who stars in and exec produces Black-ish, hosted the show and won for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. Spike Lee, Clive Davis and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr received special honors. Presenters included Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Angela Bassett, Kerry Washington, Chadwick Boseman, Laurence Fishburne, Russell Simmons, David Oyelowo, Gina Rodriguez and Larenz Tate.

Here is the complete list of winners, most of which were announced Thursday night at the Pasadena Civic:

Outstanding Motion Picture
“Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
David Oyelowo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Taraji P. Henson – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Common – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Carmen Ejogo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical)
Antoine Fuqua – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical)
“Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” (Chimpanzee Productions, Inc.)

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance
Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical)
Misan Sagay – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

Outstanding Comedy Series
“black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – “‘black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Laurence Fishburne – “black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Yara Shahidi – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series
“How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Shemar Moore – “Criminal Minds” (CBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Khandi Alexander – “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Blair Underwood – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Cicely Tyson – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

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

Outstanding Talk Series
“Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Series
“Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
“Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN)

Outstanding Children’s Program
“Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth in a Youth/Children’s Program (Series or Special)
Fatima Ptacek – “Dora and Friends: Into The City!” (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Host
Steve Harvey – “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)
“Bad Boys” (ESPN)

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Sara Hess – “Orange is the New Black” – It Was the Change (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Erika Green Swafford – “How to Get Away with Murder” – Let’s Get To Scooping (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television)
Shernold Edwards – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Ken Whittingham – “Parks and Recreation” – Prom (NBC)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Carl Franklin – “House of Cards” – Chapter 14 (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)
Reggie Bythewood – “Gun Hill” (BET)

Outstanding New Artist
3 Winans Brothers (BMG)

Outstanding Male Artist
Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
“Stay with Me” – Sam Smith feat. Mary J Blige (Capitol)

Outstanding Jazz Album
“My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke” – Al Jarreau (Concord)

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
“Where My Heart Belongs” – Gladys Knight (Shadow Mountain Records)

Outstanding Music Video
“You & I (Nobody in the World)” – John Legend (Columbia Records)
Outstanding Song
“We Are Here” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Outstanding Album
“Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” – Aretha Franklin (RCA Records)

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
“A Wanted Woman” – Eric Jerome Dickey (Penguin Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” – Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
“Forty Acres” – Dwayne Alexander Smith (Atria Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto Biography
“Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine” – Louis Sullivan with David Chanoff (University of Georgia Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
“Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life” – Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson, Hilary Beard (Spiegel & Grau)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
“Citizen: An American Lyric” – Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
“Dork Diaries 8: Tales From A Note-So-Happily Ever After” – Rachel Renee Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell (Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Brown Girl Dreaming” – Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)



  1. So, where’s the diversity? These are the same folks who’ve complained that ‘other’ award shows ‘snubbed’ black movies, black actors, black directors. Well, where’s the white folks in this award show? BTW, what’s up with the NAACP? If anyone said that I was ‘colored’ I’d be offended. But, the NAACP has ‘colored’ in it’s name.

    As a black man I’m insulted by all of this biased and bigoted bullshit. Bigotry goes both ways. My parents taught us to be proud, not proud of our SKIN COLOR, but, of who we are – inside. It’s what we give that counts, not what we take. THIS award is an insult. It’s like giving a trophy to every kid on the soccer team where they teach kids that EVERYONE’S A WINNER. No, everyone’s not a winner. If being BLACK is a condition of ‘winning’ an award — then, no one’s REALLY won anything. This is an award show based on entitlement. I think we all know that when an award’s given, and not earned, is meaningless.

    1. Did you read the list of winners? Sam Smith, Clive Davis, there is diversity by race, nationality, gender, sexuality, etc. The organization is not like the Emmys or Oscars which is simply the best of entertainment. This is the best of media that promotes people of color. Different criteria. And the organization is over 100 years old, which explains its outdated name.

      1. @redbluegreen

        Just as Al Sharpton struggles to remain relevant, so does the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It’s time to move on, the future has no limits – organizations, such as this, are polarizing and only serve to perpetuate the thought that “colored” people need to be ‘given’ special “colored people’s” awards to make them feel good about themselves. These awards are insulting. I’ve worked in this industry for decades. I’ve received awards for my contribution to the creative process in my chosen craft. Not because I’m a back man, but because I earned it and my peers recognized my contribution. Period. If anyone wanted to ‘award’ me because what I do makes those with my skin color ‘proud’, I’d say KEEP IT.

        To me, this is about segregation. Separate, but equal. In 2015, THAT does not equate into progress….actually, it’s a step backwards. My great-great-grandparents would be ashamed of this. They fought for their freedom, their respect, they fought to be seen as more than “colored”. In honor of my great-great-grandparents I stand strong as a man who just happens to be black. Black is not who I am.

        P.S. Thank you for your comment. I truly respect your opinion.

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