And The Winner Is: Kerry Washington Wins Big At The NAACP Image Awards

February 2, 2013  |  


Well, 2012 certainly turned into the “Year of Kerry” and 2013 started out recognizing Kerry Washington for all that hard work. The actress picked up three awards during Friday’s 44th NAACP Image Awards: outstanding actress in a drama for Scandal, supporting actress in a film for Django Unchained and the President’s Award which is a special recognition for public service. As many may know, Kerry was very instrumental during both terms of President Obama’s campaigning.

The show was hosted by Steve Harvey and was held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Washington noted during her first “thank you” speech for Django that the award did not belong to her, but rather to the ancestors whose shoulders they stood on while filming the movie.

Other winners during the live portion (many of the awards were given out prior to the NBC broadcast) included: Don Cheadle for outstanding actor in a comedic series for House of Lies, Loretta Devine for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for Grey’s Anatomy and Lance Gross, looking a king size chocolate bar, for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy for Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.

The legendary entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte was honored with the Spingarn Award, which honors outstanding achievements by an African-American.  Common and Wyclef immediately followed with their version of Belafonte’s “Day O.”

The surprise award of the night was handed to George Lucas for Red Tails, winning for outstanding motion picture. Lucas joked on staged by saying, “Look, I beat Tarantino” who was also nominated in the category for Django Unchained.

Gladys Knight also performed “The Way We Were” during the “In Memoriam” portion of the show.

Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and Omar Epps were televised winners but were not present to accept their awards. While they absolutely could have been busy working, it makes you wonder if some celebrities feel that these awards shows (read: the black awards shows) aren’t as important as the so-called “major” awards. Just a thought.

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  • Napunzel

    The NAACP awards are a bit of a joke and have been for a long time, which might explain the absence of Denzel Viola and Omar. Just be black and you are awarded lol. Some of these actors Don Cheadle,Kerry most definitely do deserve recognition as they will rarely get it from the mainstream awards , but some of the nominees and winners are down right puzzling. How in the heck did George Lucas win for best director for Red Fails (Tuskegee Airmen deserved much better, sorry George) over Quentin for Django?!?! Lance Gross in House of Payne? Really?? On the upside, I am glad that the awards are being more inclusive of ALL people of color.

    • FromUR2UB

      Well, if the NAACP awards are a joke, good luck to blacks in getting the adoration and recognition from whites/others. Almost every black person who attained some success started with the support of black people. These awards are a reminder of that. Notice that two blacks have never been nominated simultaneously for the same category of the Academy Awards. Don Cheadle’s performance in ‘Flight’ was excellent, and certainly worthy of a Supporting Actor nomination. But, that didn’t happen. And when ALL people become inclusive of blacks in their awards and celebrations, then I’ll feel we should be reciprocal.

    • Jamaal

      Napunzel is right. Unfortunately the awards were very predicatble, I knew the names of everyone who was going to win before they said it. And it’s a travesty that they gave Viola Davis the awards over Quanvenzhane, kudos to Samuel Jackson for calling her up on the stage, but shame on NBC for cutting to commercial when she hit the stage. The NAACP Image Awards keep rewarding the same people over and over again..

    • nichele

      Remember they are “image” awards…..Criteria may be different from what some people perceive.

  • Bohwe

    kerry washington is so talented, beautiful, classy and sophisticated, glad that she is reppin for the black women. love her

  • Jess

    That last comment at the end was unwanted and unneeded. A lot of actresses miss the bigger awards too. Typical Noire nonsense, anyways it was a pleasant posting up to that point. I’m so happy for all of the winners. She deserved it times a billion.

  • dreama

    the omg girlz had to much going on

    • Bohwe

      i totallyagree it would be nice if sandra oh won for her grey’s character. don’t care if she’s asian american, she is the boss on grey’s.