Taraji P. Henson took home two prizes from the 48th NAACP Image Awards, which took place in Los Angeles night: Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (“Empire”) and Outstanding Actress in in a Motion Picture (“ ,” which also won Outstanding Motion Picture).
Oscar-contender Denzel Washington took home Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for “Fences,” and charmed the room with his speech honoring “Fences” writer August Wilson as well as Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and “Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins. “Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship,” Washington said. ” So people will keep growing and keep learning. See you at work!”
Anthony Anderson, who hosted the ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, earned a prize of his own for starring in “black-ish”; his co-star Tracee Ellis Ross repeated her Golden Globes victory, and the show itself won Outstanding Comedy Series. Full list of winners below.
Outstanding Comedy Series: “`black-ish”
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, “`black-ish”
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, “`black-ish”
Outstanding Drama Series: “Queen Sugar”
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
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Outstanding Motion Picture: “Hidden Figures”
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Denzel Washington, “Fences”
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Taraji P. Henson, “Hidden Figures”
Entertainer of the Year: Dwayne Johnson