Ava DuVernay was honored as Entertainer of the Year and the President’s Award went to Danny Glover during the live broadcast of the 49th NAACP Image Award. Held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Calif., the two-hour live telecast was broadcast on TV One and was hosted by Anthony Anderson who returned to host for a third year. Afro-British actor Daniel Kaluuya was awarded best actor for his role in the horror drama “Get Out,” Octavia Spencer received the best actress nod for “Gifted,” while the comedy “Girls Trip” took home the top prize for best motion picture.
Anderson received an accolade for his TV comedy “Back-ish,” which also won best comedy and a best comedy actress award for his co-star Tracee Ellis Ross. For his dynamic role on the Starz drama “Power,” Omari Hardwick received the outstanding actor in a drama series award and Taraji P. Henson earned yet another best actress nod for the Fox TV show “Empire.” Charlie Wilson was honored with the Music Makes a Difference honor which was presented to him by Halle Berry.
Some of the biggest names in film, television and music attended the star studded awards show, which celebrates the accomplishments of people of color and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
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