Jennifer Hudson scored big on Feb. 26, at the 53rd annual NAACP Image Awards.
The talented multi-hyphenate performer took home the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Award thanks to her depiction of Aretha Franklin in 2021’s Respect. Her competition was stiff, including Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Halle Berry (Bruised), Tessa Thompson (Passing) and Zendaya (Malcolm & Marie).
Hudson also beat out Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Regina King and Tiffany Haddish for one of the night’s most significant wins — the Entertainer of the Year Award.
Netflix’s They Harder They Fall won the coveted Outstanding Motion Picture Award during the non-television ceremony. In addition, Regina King bagged the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Award for her role in the western flick.
The NAACP Image Awards gave Issa Rae her flowers. The Insecure star and executive producer landed the night’s Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Award.
Also, Insecure nabbed the Outstanding Comedy Series Award thanks to the HBO series’ final season, which aired last year.
Will Smith was another of the night’s major winners as well. The actor won in the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture category for his spirited portrayal of Venus and Serena’s father in King Richard.
Additionally, This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown took home the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Award, while Kevin Hart scored the same award but in the “Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special” category thanks to his hit Netflix series True Story.
Peep other winners from Saturday night’s celebration of entertainment and pop culture down below.
Outstanding supporting actor in a motion picture:
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Algee Smith, Judas and the Black Messiah
Delroy Lindo, The Harder They Fall
Idris Elba, The Harder They Fall
LaKeith Stanfield, The Harder They Fall
Outstanding animated motion picture:
Raya and the Last Dragon
Outstanding actor in a comedy series:
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Cedric the Entertainer, The Neighborhood
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Elisha “EJ” Williams, The Wonder Years
Jay Ellis, Insecure
Outstanding drama series:
Godfather of Harlem
Outstanding actress in a drama series:
Angela Bassett, 9-1-1
Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Queen Sugar
Octavia Spencer, Truth Be Told
Queen Latifah, The Equalizer
Rutina Wesley, Queen Sugar
Outstanding television movie, limited-series or dramatic special:
Colin in Black & White
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
The Underground Railroad
Outstanding actress in a television movie, limited-series or dramatic special:
Taraji P. Henson, Annie Live!
Betty Gabriel, Clickbait
Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha
Danielle Brooks, Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
Jodie Turner-Smith, Anne Boleyn
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