AceShowbiz - The American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People honored people of color in film, television, music and literature at its annual NAACP Image Awards which this year took place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Monday, January 15. The ceremony happened to be on the same day of the Martin Luther King Jr. day.
In movie field, "Girls Trip" and "Get Out" dominated the winner list. The former grabbed two, including the coveted Outstanding Motion Picture, edging out "Detroit", "Get Out", "Marshall" and "Roman J. Israel, Esq.". Its star Tiffany Haddish, meanwhile, was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.
Losing the best picture award, "Get Out" still came out as the biggest winner that night with three prizes, including Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Daniel Kaluuya. Jordan Peele brought home two awards for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture for his works on the thriller.
Octavia Spencer was named Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role as Roberta Taylor in "Gifted", beating out the likes of Danai Gurira ("All Eyez on Me") and Halle Berry ("Kidnap"). Meanwhile, Idris Elba won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role as Heimdall in "Thor: Ragnarok".
"A Wrinkle in Time" director Ava DuVernay was chosen as the recipient of Entertainer of the Year. She humbly said in her speech, "I'm a director! I shouldn't be up here!" before giving a shout out to other black creators in film and television. "This is our time! We can say we were here when it was happening!" she passionately said.
Veteran actor and film director Danny Glover received President's Award for his philanthropic work. He quoted James Baldwin in his acceptance speech, " 'We cannot tell ourselves the truth about our past, we become trapped in it' - this is especially true about race in America." He added, "Labor rights are civil rights."
Halle Berry, who was on hand to present an award, highlighted the significance that the NAACP Image Awards was airing on Martin Luther King Jr. day. "We need to take heed to his eloquent words: 'Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter,' " she said. "Today is an affirmation that we will never ever, ever, ever be silent again."