Jennifer Hudson, Viola Davis, Laurence Fishburne Win NAACP Awards

By Adam Hetrick
February 21, 2012

Viola Davis, Laurence Fishburne, Jennifer Hudson, "Thurgood" and "The Help" were among the winners of the 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards, which were presented Feb. 17 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.



The Image Awards "celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honor individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors."

Highlights of the 43rd NAACP Image Award nominees and winners (in bold with an asterisk) follow:

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

Outstanding Comedy Series

"Love That Girl!"
"Modern Family"
"Reed Between the Lines"
"The Game"
"Tyler Perry's House of Payne"*

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Dulé Hill – "Psych" (USA Network)
Malcolm–Jamal Warner – "Reed Between the Lines"*
Phil Morris – "Love That Girl!"
Pooch Hall – "The Game"
Terry Crews – "Are We There Yet?"

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tatyana Ali – "Love That Girl!"
Tia Mowry–Hardrict – "The Game"
Tracee Ellis Ross – "Reed Between the Lines"*
Vanessa Williams – "Desperate Housewives"
Wendy Raquel Robinson – "The Game"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Craig Robinson – "The Office"
Damon Wayans, Jr. – "Happy Endings"
J.B. Smoove – "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Nick Cannon – "Up All Night"*
Tracy Morgan – "30 Rock"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Amber Riley – "Glee"
Gabourey Sidibe – "The Big C"
Keshia Knight Pulliam – "Tyler Perry's House of Payne"*
Maya Rudolph – "Up All Night"
Sofia Vergara – "Modern Family"

Outstanding Drama Series
 "Boardwalk Empire"
"Grey's Anatomy"
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"*
"The Good Wife"
"Treme"

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Andre Braugher – "Men of A Certain Age"
Hill Harper – "CSI: NY"
L.L. Cool J – "NCIS: Los Angeles"*
Taye Diggs – "Private Practice"
Wendell Pierce – "Treme"

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson – "Grey's Anatomy"
Khandi Alexander – "Treme"
Regina King – "SouthLAnd"*
Sandra Oh – "Grey's Anatomy"
Taraji P. Henson – "Person of Interest"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Corey Reynolds – "The Closer"
Ice T – "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
James Pickens, Jr. – "Grey's Anatomy"*
Nelsan Ellis – "True Blood"
Omar Epps – "House M.D."

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alfre Woodard – "Memphis Beat"
Anika Noni Rose – "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
Archie Panjabi – "The Good Wife"*
Diahann Carroll – "White Collar"
Loretta Devine – "Grey's Anatomy"

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini–Series or Dramatic Special
"Five"
"Hallmark Hall of Fame, Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith"
"Luther"
"The Least Among You"
"Thurgood"*

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini–Series or Dramatic Special
Esai Morales – "We Have Your Husband"
Idris Elba – "Luther"
Laurence Fishburne – "Thurgood"*
Louis Gossett, Jr. – "The Least Among You"
Samuel L. Jackson – "The Sunset Limited"

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini–Series or Dramatic Special
Anika Noni Rose – "Hallmark Hall of Fame, Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith"
Jenifer Lewis – "Five"
Rosario Dawson – "Five"
Taraji P. Henson – "Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story"*
Tracee Ellis Ross – "Five"

MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES

Outstanding Motion Picture
"Jumping the Broom"
"Pariah"
"The First Grader"
"The Help"*
"Tower Heist"

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Eddie Murphy – "Tower Heist"
Laurence Fishburne – "Contagion"
Laz Alonso – "Jumping the Broom"*
Oliver Litondo – "The First Grader"
Vin Diesel – "Fast Five"

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Adepero Oduye – "Pariah"
Emma Stone – "The Help"
Paula Patton – "Jumping the Broom"
Viola Davis – "The Help"*
Zoë Saldana – "Colombiana"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Anthony Mackie – "The Adjustment Bureau"
Charles Parnell – "Pariah"
Don Cheadle – "The Guard"
Jeffrey Wright – "The Ides of March"
Mike Epps – "Jumping the Broom"*
Bryce Dallas Howard – "The Help"
Cicely Tyson – "The Help"
Kim Wayans – "Pariah"
Maya Rudolph – "Bridesmaids"
Octavia Spencer – "The Help"

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Arthur Harris – "Reed Between the Lines" – Let's Talk About Ms. Helen's Son Part 1
Prentice Penny – "Happy Endings" – The Girl with the David Tattoo
Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil – "The Game" – Parachutes....Beach Chairs*
Vali Chandrasekaran – "30 Rock" – It's Never Too Late For Now
Vince Cheung, Ben Montanio – "Wizards of Waverly Place" – Wizards vs. Angels

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Cheo Hodari Coker – "SouthLAnd" – Punching Water
Janine Sherman Barrois – "Criminal Minds" – The Bittersweet Science
Lolis Eric Elie – "Treme" – Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues?*
Pam Veasey – "Ringer" – Oh Gawd, There's Two of Them?
Zoanne Clack – "Grey's Anatomy" – I Will Survive

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
Alrick Brown – "Kinyarwanda"
Ann Peacock – "The First Grader"*
Dee Rees – "Pariah"
Elizabeth Hunter, Arlene Gibbs – "Jumping the Broom"
Tate Taylor – "The Help"

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Jay Chandrasekhar – "Happy Endings" – The Girl with the David Tattoo
Kevin Hooks "Drop Dead Diva" – Mother's Day
Leonard R. Garner Jr. – "Rules of Engagement" – The Set Up*
Miguel Arteta – "How to Make It in America" – Mofongo
Salim Akil – "The Game" – Parachutes/Beach Chairs

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Ernest Dickerson – "Treme" – Do Watcha Wanna*
Ken Whittingham – "Parenthood" – Opening Night
Kevin Sullivan – "NCIS" – Tell–All
Paris Barclay – "Sons of Anarchy" – Out
Seith Mann – "Dexter" – Get Gellar

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)
Alrick Brown – "Kinyarwanda"
Angelina Jolie – "In the Land of Blood and Honey"
Dee Rees – "Pariah"
Salim Akil – "Jumping the Broom"*
Tate Taylor – "The Help"

RECORDING CATEGORIES

Outstanding Male Artist
Anthony Hamilton
Buno Mars
Cee Lo Green*
Chris Brown
Common

Outstanding Female Artist
Beyoncé
Jennifer Hudson
Jill Scott*
Ledisi
Mary J. Blige

Outstanding Music Video
"25/8" – Mary J. Blige
"Hear My Call" – Jill Scott
"I Was Here" – Beyoncé
"Someone Like You" – Adele
"Where You At" – Jennifer Hudson*

Outstanding Song
"Best Thing I Never Had" – Beyoncé
"Fool for You feat. Melanie Fiona" – Cee Lo Green
"I Smile" – Kirk Franklin*
"So In Love feat. Anthony Hamilton" – Jill Scott
"Someone Like You" – Adele

Outstanding Album
"4" – Beyoncé
"F.A.M.E" – Chris Brown
"I Remember Me" – Jennifer Hudson*
"Lasers" – Lupe Fiasco
"The Light of the Sun" – Jill Scott

For a complete list visit naacpimageawards.net.