“Will”- Will Smith
Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
Angel Kristi Williams- “Colin in Black & White”
Regina King- “The Harder They Fall”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special
Jazmine Sullivan captured an armful of trophies on Thursday for the fourth night of the NAACP Image Awards' virtual ceremonies, leading the music winners with three trophies.
“Sounds from the Ancestors” – Kenny Garrett
Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
13, won for supporting actress in a drama series for her role in "Power Book II: Ghost." Kaluuya won outstanding supporting actor in a motion picture for his role as Fred Hampton in "Judas and the Black Messiah," whereas King took home the actress award in the same category for playing Trudy Smith in "The Harder They Fall." Blige, hot off her halftime show performance at the Super Bowl on Feb.
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special
Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special
Silk Sonic- “Leave the Door Open”
“The Harder They Fall”
Outstanding Jazz Album – Instrumental
“Long Division” – Kiese Laymon
“Between the Scenes” – The Daily Show
Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Willow Smith- “Red Table Talk”
Deon Cole- “Black-ish”
Daniel Kaluuya, Regina King, Mary J. Blige and more took home acting awards during the final night of the non-televised NAACP Image Awards.
Houston rapper and singer Tobe Nwigwe’s “Fye Fye” featuring Fat Nwigwe earned hip-hop/rap song and duo, group or collaboration (contemporary) honors.
Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
Hill, the ESPN alumnus who writes for the Atlantic and has a growing podcast following, took home two trophies for her podcast "Jemele Hill is Unbothered," in the categories of arts and entertainment and society and culture.
Shaka King- “Judas and the Black Messiah”
“Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power”
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional)
Outstanding New Artist
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The pioneering Tyson added another accolade to her distinguished legacy, winning the literary award for debut author for her autobiography "Just As I Am," which was published two days before her death at age 96 in January 2021.
“The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story” – Nikole Hannah-Jones
Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited–series)
Other winners on Friday night included Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Courtney B. Vance, Regina Hall, Miles Brown, Deon Cole, Natasha Rothwell, Cliff "Method Man" Smith and Angel Kristi Williams.
Outstanding Documentary (Film)
Anthony Hamilton – “Love Is The New Black”
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture
She is also nominated for the best actress prize, which will be presented at a later date. Rae was heralded with the outstanding writing in a comedy series prize for penning the series finale of “Insecure,” which led the class of NAACP Image Award nominees with 12 nods.
Tobe Nwigwe Feat. Fat Nwigwe- “Fye Fye”
Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle – “South Side” – “Tornado” (208)
Jeymes Samuel – “The Harder They Fall”
Outstanding Short-Form (Animated)
Regina Hall – “Nine Perfect Strangers”
Outstanding Short-Form Series – Comedy or Drama
The Monday-Friday virtual ceremonies are live-streamed via the Image Awards' YouTube channel and NAACPImageAwards.net. The Image Awards' non-televised kudos are being handed out during five virtual ceremonies stretched across the week starting Feb. 21, leading up to the live telecast, when the top categories, including entertainer of the year, will be awarded Feb. 26 on BET.
“High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
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Smith, now in the Oscar hunt again for his work in the biopic "King Richard," was recognized with the literary biography laurel for telling his own story in "Will," published late last year.
Fat Nwigwe “Fye Fye” – Tobe Nwigwe Feat.
Jeymes Samuels’ “The Harder They Fall” picked up two awards — one for outstanding breakthrough creative (motion picture) for Samuel and the second for outstanding ensemble cast in a motion picture. The Netflix western, which dominated the film categories with a total of 12 Image Award nods, stars Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield, Danielle Deadwyler, RJ Cyler, Edi Gathegi and Deon Cole.
“Jemele Hill is Unbothered”
The honor was presented by NAACP Vice-Chair Karen Boykin-Towns who saluted Frazier for her courage in recording "the face of racist depravity that we still must expose." Darnella Frazier, who captured the murder of George Floyd, a recording which catapulted the world into action against racial injustice, was honored with the Humanitarian’s Award.
Outstanding Variety or Game Show (Series or Special)
“Ace of Spades”- Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Outstanding Hip-Hop/Rap Song
Nigerian singer/songwriter WizKid’s track “Essence,” featuring Tems, won for outstanding music video/visual album, with the Justin Bieber-assisted remix nabbing the international song award.
Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album
Sherri Shepherd and Kym Whitley took the lifestyle podcast honors for their work on "Two Funny Mamas."
“Wild 'n Out”
Barry Jenkins- “The Underground Railroad”
"Token of a Great Day" – Lynching Postcards
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Abrams, the Georgia-based voting rights advocate, got the nod for children's lit for the book she co-wrote with Kitt Thomas, "Stacey's Extraordinary Words."
Trevor Noah- “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”
Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
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Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
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“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”
“Colin in Black & White”
Outstanding Jazz Album – Vocal
Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
Shaka King, Will Berson, Kenny Lucas, Keith Lucas- “Judas and the Black Messiah”
“Overcomer”- Tamela Mann
Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Television)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television)
Davita Scarlett- “The Good Fight” – 505
“Red Table Talk” won its second consecutive Image Award for outstanding talk series, with an additional prize going to its trio of hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris and Willow Smith, in their first win.
Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song
Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Motion Picture)
Winning at the Image Awards is practically old hat for Noah, who captured a repeat win in the outstanding host in the reality/reality competition, game show or variety series or special category. The “Daily Show” also topped the outstanding variety or game show category, with Joy Reid’s “The Reid Out” named outstanding news/information series and “Wild ’n Out” the top reality/reality competition series.
Outstanding Podcast – Society and Culture
Here is a complete list of winners for the 53rd NAACP Image Awards (updated throughout the week):
Outstanding Talk Series
Samantha Knowles, Yoruba Richen, Geeta Gandbhir, Nadia Hallgren- “Black and Missing”- Ep 103
Journalist Jemele Hill, civil rights activist Stacey Abrams, superstar Will Smith and the legendary Cicely Tyson were among the winners of podcast and literary kudos presented Monday as part of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards.
News of the wins served as a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing day for the singer, who announced she has to cancel some upcoming shows after testing positive for COVID-19. In a tweet posted Thursday afternoon, Sullivan thanked her fans for their understanding and support.
Vance- “Genius: Aretha” Courtney B.
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
The outstanding male artist prize went to Anthony Hamilton for “Love Is the New Black,” with Saweetie christened outstanding new artist and saluted for her hit “Best Friend” featuring Doja Cat.
Issa Rae- “Insecure” – Episode #510 "Everything's Gonna Be, Okay?!"
Kevin Hart- “True Story”
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Motion Picture)
Maya Rudolph- “Saturday Night Live”
Outstanding Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special
Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special
Outstanding Children’s Program
“Feeding the Soul (Because It's My Business)” – Tabitha Brown
Ava DuVernay's "Colin in Black & White" was awarded outstanding television movie, limited series or dramatic special, while "Queen Sugar" won for drama series. On the film side, "CODA" took home the award for independent motion picture, "Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power" won for best documentary and "Encanto" was honored with the award for animated motion picture.
“Red Table Talk”
Kenny Leon- “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia”
“We The People”
Danny Boyd Jr. – “Bruised”
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Jenkins was also honored in the directing categories, taking home the drama series prize for “The Underground Railroad,” while “South Side” directors Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle nabbed the comedy series directing prize. “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia” director Kenny Leon earned the award in the television movie or special category, with the documentary award doing to Samantha Knowles, Yoruba Richen, Geeta Gandbhir and Nadia Hallgren for “Black and Missing.”
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary)
“The Good Fight’s Davita Scarlett earned the writing award for drama series, while Abdul Williams won in the television movie or special category for the “Salt-N-Pepa” screenplay.
Blige- “Power Book II: Ghost” Mary J.
Letitia Wright – “Sing 2”
“Essence”- Wizkid featuring Tems & Justin Bieber
“The Harder They Fall (The Motion Picture Soundtrack)” – JAY-Z & Jeymes Samuel
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Doja Cat Saweetie – “Best Friend” Ft.
Outstanding Podcast – Lifestyle/Self-Help
Sullivan wasn’t the only musician to take home multiple trophies. The Fellas) and album (“Overcomer”). Tamela Mann swept the night’s gospel categories with wins for outstanding gospel/Christian song (“Help Me,” Mann feat.
Other prizes went to Jay-Z and Jeymes Samuel’s soundtrack for “The Harder They Fall,” Silk Sonic won the duo, group or collaboration (traditional) award for their smash hit “Leave the Door Open”) and jazz artists Kenny Garrett and The Baylor Project nabbed individual prizes, as well.
Jazmine Sullivan- “Heaux Tales”
Outstanding International Song
Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble
Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series
Outstanding Podcast – News and Information
Maya Rudolph also nabbed her first Image Award after three previous nominations. The comedian was recognized in the outstanding guest performance category for “Saturday Night Live.”
“Stacey’s Extraordinary Words” – Stacey Abrams, Kitt Thomas
Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)
Taraji P. Henson- “Annie Live!”
Outstanding Directing in a Documentary
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
“Blindspot: Tulsa Burning”
“When The Sun Sets (Lakutshon' Ilanga)”
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
Esdaile. Scot X.
Outstanding Short-Form (Live Action)
Members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and the Texas House Democratic Caucus
“Essence”- Wizkid featuring Tems
“Heaux Tales”- Jazmine Sullivan
Outstanding Documentary (Television)
Miles Brown- “Black-ish”
Outstanding Podcast – Arts and Entertainment
Outstanding Soul/R&B Song
The Philadelphia native released the deluxe edition of the project, “Heaux Tales, Mo' Tales: The Deluxe,” earlier this month. Sullivan was named outstanding female artist for her hit record “Heaux Tales,” which also won for outstanding album. Her track “Pick Up Your Feelings” won the outstanding soul/R&B song prize.
Outstanding Animated Motion Picture
Outstanding Short-Form Series or Special –Reality/Nonfiction
Outstanding Literary Work – Children
Cliff “Method Man” Smith- “Power Book II: Ghost”
Outstanding Male Artist
King nabbed two prizes, winning for outstanding directing in a motion picture and sharing the honor for outstanding writing with his co-scribes Will Benson and the Lucas Brothers.
“Perfect Black”- Crystal Wilkinson
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding International Motion Picture
“Generations”- The Baylor Project
Special Award: NAACP Humanitarian of the Year
Daniel Kaluuya- “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Outstanding Guest Performance
“Pick Up Your Feelings”- Jazmine Sullivan
Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album
Cree Summer – “Rugrats”
Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album
Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble
Special Award: NAACP Activist of the Year
Outstanding Animated Series
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special
"Insecure" creator and star Issa Rae, "The Underground Railroad" visionary Barry Jenkins and "Judas and the Black Messiah" filmmaker Shaka King were among the writing and directing winners awarded Tuesday as part of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards.
Outstanding Female Artist
Special Award: Roy Wilkins Civil Rights Award
Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special
Abdul Williams- “Salt-N-Pepa”
The Fellas “Help Me”- Tamala Mann feat.
“Two Funny Mamas” – Sherri Shepherd & Kym Whitley” />
Natasha Rothwell- “Insecure”
“Just As I Am” – Cicely Tyson
“Jemele Hill is Unbothered”
“Will”- Will Smith