Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lena Waithe, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Angela Robinson and Laverne Cox speak onstage during the 49th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Jan. 15, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (Maury Phillips/Getty Images for NAACP )

Every year, black excellence is celebrated at the NAACP Image Awards, and during Monday night’s airing of the 49th annual event, held at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., Ava DuVernay took home the Entertainer of the Year Award.

During DuVernay’s acceptance speech, she mentioned her fellow black creatives such as Ryan Coogler, Kenya Barris and Shonda Rhimes.


“This is our time,” DuVernay said. “We can say we were here when all this gorgeous art was happening, and that we supported it—that we lifted each other up, that we did as Dr. King said we would do: Live the dream. We’re the dream.”

With all eyes on the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, Laverne Cox, Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lena Waithe and Angela Robinson issued a call to everyone to pledge their support for Time’s Up and urged people to head to the polls.

“The midterms are a perfect moment for us to use our voices,” Robinson said. “If we can take back a Senate seat in Alabama ... ”

“Then we have the ability to shift the imbalance of power,” Smollett-Bell said.

Of course, with Anthony Anderson hosting, his monologue included jokes directed at the White House, and he took a stab at Omarosa Manigault Newman. But he wasn’t the only one who expressed contempt.


During Will Packer’s acceptance speech for the outstanding film award, which, of course, went to Girls Trip, the director referenced Donald Trump’s “shithole” comments.

“Sisters, especially the ones from Haiti and Africa, we love you as your brothers,” he said.


Other winners of the night included the film Get Out, which won for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for star Daniel Kaluuya, and writing and directing awards for Jordan Peele.

“I don’t think you’re allowed to beat Denzel Washington in acting competitions,” Kaluuya said during his acceptance speech.


“So many people didn’t believe in me, and you did, and you made all of us feel included,” Kaluuya said. “Thank you so much for letting us be seen.”

Among the winners in TV categories were Power, Insecure, Scandal and Black-ish, which won five awards, including outstanding comedy series.


Below is the complete list of winners:

Entertainer of the Year
Ava DuVernay

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer, Gifted

Outstanding Motion Picture
Girls Trip

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Idris Elba, Thor: Ragnarok

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Outstanding Comedy Series

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Omari Hardwick, Power

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Outstanding Drama Series

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Jay Ellis, Insecure

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
Naturi Naughton, Power

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
The New Edition Story


Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
Idris Elba, Guerrilla

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
Queen Latifah, Flint


Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

Outstanding Talk Series
The Real

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series
The Manns

Outstanding Variety or Game Show, (Series or Special)
Lip Sync Battle

Outstanding Children’s Program
Doc McStuffins

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series)


Caleb McLaughlin, Stranger Things

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special), Individual or Ensemble
Roland Martin, News One Now


Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special), Individual or Ensemble
LL Cool J, Lip Sync Battle


Outstanding New Artist

Outstanding Male Artist
Bruno Mars

Outstanding Female Artist
Mary J. Blige

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Kendrick Lamar, featuring Rihanna

Outstanding Jazz Album
Petite Afrique, Somi

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2, Greenleaf Soundtrack


Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Outstanding Song—Traditional
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Outstanding Album
Damn., Kendrick Lamar

Outstanding Song—Contemporary
“Humble.,” Kendrick Lamar


Outstanding Literary Work—Fiction
The Annotated African American Folktales, Henry Louis Gates Jr. (editor), Maria Tatar (editor)


Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction
Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies, Dick Gregory (author)

Outstanding Literary Work, Debut Author
No One Is Coming to Save Us, Stephanie Powell Watts (author)


Outstanding Literary Work, Biography/Autobiography
Becoming Ms. Burton, From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, Susan Burton (author), Cari Lynn (author), Michelle Alexander (foreword by); the New Press

Outstanding Literary Work—Instructional
The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting our Sacred Dreams, Dr. Tererai Trent (author), Oprah Winfrey (foreword by)


Outstanding Literary Work—Poetry
Incendiary Art: Poems, Patricia Smith (author); TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press

Outstanding Literary Work—Children
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Vashti Harrison (author); Hachette Book Group


Outstanding Literary Work, Youth/Teens
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, Rita Williams-Garcia (author), Frank Morrison (illustrator); Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers


Outstanding Documentary (Film)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)
The 44th President: In His Own Words


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Janine Barrois, Claws, “Batsh*t”

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Gina Prince-Bythewood, Shots Fired, “Hour One: Pilot”


Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special
Abdul Williams, The New Edition Story—Part 2

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
Jordan Peele, Get Out


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Anton Cropper, Black-ish, “Juneteenth”

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Carl Franklin, 13 Reasons Why, “Tape 5, Side B”


Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special
Allen Hughes, The Defiant Ones

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture
Jordan Peele, Get Out


Outstanding Character Voiceover Performance
Tiffany Haddish, Legends of Chamberlain Heights

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