‘Black-ish,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Hidden Figures’ Take Top NAACP Awards

Photo Source: “Hidden Figures”: Hopper Stone, “Fences”: courtesy Paramount Pictures

African-American film and television flourished in 2016, and the 48th annual NAACP Image Awards delivered due celebration. The civil rights org’s star-studded gala Feb. 11 brought together some of Hollywood’s best and brightest, who gathered in Pasadena to honor the community’s wealth of talented and accomplished creators.

ABC’s “Black-ish” was the night’s biggest winner, sweeping nearly every prize in the comedy series category. Host Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne, and Marsai Martin all took home acting prizes, and creator Kenya Barris received recognition for writing the much talked-about episode “Home.” Only Tichina Arnold of Starz series “Survivor’s Remorse” (supporting actress) and Donald Glover of FX’s “Atlanta” (directing) managed to falter “Black-ish” steam.

Taraji P. Henson claimed dual outstanding actress victories in TV and film for headlining 20th Century Fox’s “Hidden Figures” and Fox’s “Empire.” NBC’s fan favorite “This Is Us” rounded out the drama category, nabbing a lead actor trophy for Sterling K. Brown.

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On the film front, “Hidden Figures” continued to plow through awards season, adding the Outstanding Motion Picture prize to its lengthy list of honors. “Moonlight” also maintained its hot streak with wins for independent film and director Barry Jenkins, while Mahershala Ali collected yet another supporting actor trophy. The Denzel Washington and Viola Davis trains showed no signs of stopping, as both were recognized for their tour de force performances in Paramount Picture’s “Fences.” Director and writer Ava DuVernay cemented her status as a rising industry star, taking honors for both her acclaimed Netflix documentary film “13th” and OWN drama series “Queen Sugar,” while FX’s buzzy “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” won three prizes for series, lead actor Courtney B. Vance, and director John Singleton.

Beyoncé continued her reign of the music world, earning five awards. In addition to being crowned Outstanding Female Artist, the singer took home gold for her bona fide phenomenon “Lemonade” and “Freedom,” her collaboration with Kendrick Lamar. Dwayne Johnson was named Entertainer of the Year. For the full list of winners, visit naacpimageawards.net.

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