47th Annual NAACP Awards
Black Excellence was on full display this past weekend at the 2016 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards which took place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California,U.S.A.
The evening, hosted by Anthony Anderson and narrated by Cree Summers, honored outstanding people of color in films, music, books and television shows and several of Hollywood’s most famous faces were given the highest honors this year.
But before the night’s festivities kicked into full swing the nominees and guests graced the red carpet. It seems the who’s who of Black entertainment was out in their numbers. Here are some of the amazing stunners.
Also in attendance;
Weren’t they all so dapper?
Here were the night’s big winners:
Entertainer of the Year: Michael B. Jordan
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Michael B. Jordan, Creed
Outstanding Motion Picture: Straight Outta Compton
Outstanding Drama Series: Empire
Outstanding Comedy Series: Black-ish
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Terrence Howard, Empire
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Sanaa Lathan, The Perfect Guy
President’s Award: John Legend
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Mike Epps, Survivor’s Remorse
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Marsai Martin, Black-ish
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Joe Morton, Scandal
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King, American Crime
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Mara Brack Ali, Jameal Turner, Keli Goff, Being Mary Jane, Sparrow
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television): Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo, The Book of Negroes
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film): Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, Creed
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Don Cheadle, House of Lies, The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: John Ridley, American Crime
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television): Dee Rees, Bessie
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film): Ryan Coogler, Creed
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film): Loretta Devine, Doc McStuffins
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety Program (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble: Steve Harvey, Family Feud
Outstanding Talk Series: The Talk
Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series: Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s
Outstanding Variety (Series or Special): Family Feud
Outstanding Children’s Program: Doc McStuffins
Outstanding TV-Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special: The Wiz Live!
Outstanding Actor in a TV-Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special: David Alan Grier, The Wiz Live!
Some of the highlights of the evening:
- Taraji’s Speech – “We don’t need to ask for acceptance from anybody. We are enough.“
- John Legend along with Jussie Smollet and 6 others received the Chairman’s Award and the crooner had these thoughts to share during his tribute and recipient speech.
- The Chairman’s Award honorees’ Black Power Stance. The list which included the University of Missouri’s Concerned Student 1950 Collective, and Brittany “Bree” Newsome, the activist and filmmaker who scaled a flagpole and took down the Confederate flag outside the South Carolina Capitol, marked the importance of the recipients’ work for the upliftment and betterment of their community.
- Nominees With Attitude – Host Anthony Anderson known for his comedic genius put his spin on the rap group N.W.A.’s famous “Straight Outta Compton” track to discuss the snubbing of diversity by broader Hollywood.
- Alice Smith’s rendition of “Glory” brought the house down.
Happy Black History Month. Congratulations to the this years honorees. Keep up the good work guys.
Hugs and Sunshine,
Images from: Getty and E!Online