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11 Feb 2013

44th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2013: ‘Red Tails’ and ‘Django Unchained’ are big winners in movie

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February 11, 2013 Category: Entertainment Posted by:

The George Lucas-produced Tuskegee drama claims coveted best motion picture, 

while the Quentin Tarantino-directed slavery era actioner bags the most acting awards



ABOVE PHOTO: Jamie Foxx accepts the entertainer of the year award at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. 

(Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)


Winners in movie categories at the 2013 NAACP Image Awards were announced last Friday. Taking home the top prize of best motion picture was Anthony Hemingway’s Tuskegee drama Red Tails. Producer George Lucas was on hand to pick up the award and he jokingly exclaimed, “Look, I beat Quentin Tarantino!” 


Claiming the most trophies that night was Django Unchained, which successfully brought Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington in winning the best supporting actor and supporting actress prizes respectively. 


“This award does not belong to me,” Washington tore up while accepting her award. “It belongs to our ancestors. We shot this film on a slave plantation in the South. They were with us every step of the way.” She then praised Tarantino and thanked him “for telling this story no matter what anyone says.” 


PHOTO: LL Cool J, left, presents the award for outstanding motion picture to George Lucas for “Red Tails.” 

(Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)


Apart from the acting award, Washington took home two other trophies during the event. One was President’s Award for her public service and the other one was for best actress in TV drama series thanks to ABC’s “Scandal”. 


Back to movie winners, the best actor and actress awards respectively were presented to Flight leading man Denzel Washington and Won’t Back Down female lead Viola Davis. Beasts of the Southern Wild, meanwhile, bagged the best indie movie award. 


Held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the NAACP Image Awards was hosted by Steve Harvey and aired live on the East Coast on NBC. Harvey, in his opening, said that the awards show was held on the first day of Black History Month and noted that this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. 


Apart from movie winners, the show handed out its awards in TV and music categories. “Scandal” and “The Game” were among the TV winners, while Usher and Alicia Keys were among the music victors. Jamie Foxx, meanwhile, was named the Entertainer of the Year.



— Motion picture: “Red Tails.”

— Actor in a motion picture: Denzel Washington, “Flight.”

— Actress in a motion picture: Viola Davis, “Won’t Back Down.”

— Supporting actor in a motion picture: Samuel L. Jackson, “Django Unchained.”

— Supporting actress in a motion picture: Kerry Washington, “Django Unchained.”

— Independent motion picture: (tie) “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Red Tails.”

— International motion picture: “The Intouchables.”

— Documentary: “On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard Of.”

— Directing in a motion picture: Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”



— Comedy series: BET’s “The Game.”

— Actor in a comedy series: Don Cheadle, Showtime’s “House Of Lies.”

— Actress in a comedy series: Cassi Davis, TBS’ “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”

— Supporting actor in a comedy series: Lance Gross, TBS’ “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”

— Actress in a comedy series: Vanessa Williams, ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.”

— Drama series: ABC’s “Scandal.”

— Actor in a drama series: LL Cool J, CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

— Actress in a drama series: Kerry Washington, ABC’s “Scandal.”

— Supporting actor in a drama series: Omar Epps, Fox’s “House.”

— Supporting actress in a drama series: Loretta Devine, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”

— Television movie, mini-series or dramatic special: Lifetime’s “Steel Magnolias.”

— Actor in a television movie, mini-series or dramatic special: Cuba Gooding Jr., ABC’s “Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Firelight.”

— Actress in a television movie, mini-series or dramatic special: Alfre Woodard, Lifetime’s “Steel Magnolias.”

— Actor in a daytime drama series: Kristoff St. John, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.”

— Actress in a daytime drama series: Tatyana Ali, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.”

— News: TV One’s “Unsung.”

— Talk series: ABC’s “The View.”

— Reality series: OWN’s “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.”

— Variety series or special: BET’s “Black Girls Rock.”

— Children’s program: BET’s “Kasha and the Zulu King.”

— Performance in a youth/children’s program: Loretta Devine, Disney Channel’s “Doc McStuffins.”

— Writing in a comedy series: Marc Wilmore, “The Simpsons.”

— Writing in a dramatic series: Cheo Hodari Coker, “SouthLAnd.”

— Writing in a motion picture: Elizabeth Hunter, Lifetime’s “Abducted: The Carlina White Story.”

— Directing in a comedy series: Ken Whittingham, NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.”

— Directing in a dramatic series: Paris Barclay, NBC’s “Smash.”



— New artist: Elle Varner.

— Male artist: Usher.

— Female artist: Alicia Keys.

— Duo, group or collaboration: Mary Mary.

— Jazz album: “The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection,” The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

— Gospel album: “Go Get It,” Mary Mary.

— World music album: “All of Me,” Estelle.

— Music video: “Girl On Fire,” Alicia Keys.

— Song: “I Look To You,” Whitney Houston and R. Kelly.

— Album: “I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston,” Whitney Houston.


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