Though collecting the same amount of kudos from the 40th NAACP Image Awards with 'Seven Pounds', 'The Secret Life of Bees' took home the top honor as it was named Outstanding Motion Picture.
"The Secret Life of Bees" has come out victorious at the 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards. On Thursday night, February 12, the female-driven drama that has dominated the awards nominations with nine nods walked away with two top honors, the Outstanding Motion Picture as well as Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture for its helmer Gina Prince-Bythewood.
For the Outstanding Motion Picture title, the movie about a tormented young girl finding solace in the world of beekeeping beat out "Cadillac Records", "Miracle at St. Anna", "Seven Pounds" and "The Family That Preys". As for Gina Prince-Bythewood, she bested over Darnell Martin of "Cadillac Records", Patrik Ian Polk of "Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom", Spike Lee of "Miracle at St. Anna" and Tyler Perry of "The Family That Preys".
Though winning the coveted prizes, "Secret Life of Bees" was not the only film that took home two awards on the night. "Seven Pounds" has also been given two statuettes from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for its two leading performers, Will Smith and Rosario Dawson. Both of whom were named Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Motion Picture. Meanwhile, other winners included "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Slumdog Millionaire" as well.
The 40th NAACP Image Awards has been aired live from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on Thursday, February 12 (8:00 - 10:00 P.M. ET/PT Tape-delayed) on FOX. It was hosted by Academy Award-winner Halle Berry and acclaimed screenwriter/actor Tyler Perry, both are recipients of an NAACP Image Award. Beside honoring outstanding people of color in film, the awards also recognize the best in television, music, and literature.
List of 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards Winners in Motion Picture:
- Outstanding Motion Picture: "The Secret Life of Bees"
- Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Will Smith, "Seven Pounds"
- Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Rosario Dawson, "Seven Pounds"
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Columbus Short, "Cadillac Records"
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Taraji P. Henson, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
- Outstanding Independent Motion Picture: "Slumdog Millionaire"
- Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture: "The Class"
- Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television): Jenny Lumet, "Rachel Getting Married"
- Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television): Gina Prince-Bythewood, "The Secret Life of Bees"