by Ms. Black Hollywood
The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards brought viewers plenty of glitz, glamour and got to see moments. A total of 47 awards were given out to Black actors, writers, journalists, singers, musicians and others who represent the best in the business.
Some of the night’s winners included….
- Outstanding Motion Picture
“Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)
- Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – “`black-ish” (ABC)
- Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross – “`black-ish ” (ABC)
- Outstanding Comedy Series
- Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Omari Hardwick – “Power” (Starz)
- Outstanding Children’s Program
“Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)
- Outstanding New Artist
SZA (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)
- Outstanding Male Artist
Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
- Outstanding Female Artist
Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)
We can’t catalog the extensive list here, but if you want to see all the winners in all the categories follow this link to the full list. But we can zero in on some of our favorites of the night and give you TRN’s Top Three Moments of NAACP Image Awards 2018…
#1 This is Our Time One of the biggest honors of the night went to “Selma”, “Queen Sugar” and “Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay. Her stellar body of work and dedication to presenting movies that encourage and empower audiences earned her the coveted “Entertainer of the Year” award. Posting on Twitter that she was “Grateful. Beyond grateful”, DuVernay used her acceptance speech to share some of her positive power to remind the audience that “this is our time”…
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 16, 2018
#2 #Represent the Dream Airing on the day that would have been Martin Luther King’s 89th birthday, many of the stars took time to reflect on the holiday and how meaningful the civil rights leader contribution is in the current political climate. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown noted televising the awards this year on MLK Day was significant because, “I think it’s important this year because we have a president who doesn’t seem to care about anyone but those who look like him and have money like him. I think Dr. King’s dream was that everyone would be OK, babies in Flint would have clean water, and that people in Puerto Rico would have electricity. So it means a lot to be here with our people on this day and talking about things we still need to do.”
Actor, humanitarian and President’s Award recipient Danny Glover brought the house to the brink of his tears with his acceptance speech reminding us, “People of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be protected and honored.”
#3 Dynamic Duo Crews and Pharaoh While stars lit up the night, two imparticular lit up the room with humor. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” Terry Crews and “White Famous” star Jay Pharaoh had the crowd eating out of their hands when they teamed up to present an award. Crews muscle flexing was entertaining, but it was Pharaoh’s ‘JayZ’ impression that sealed the deal for the night’s funniest pair.
— TV One (@tvonetv) January 16, 2018
Congrats to all the 2018 winners and continue to #Represent the Dream!