Basically, “12 Years A Slave” won big. Directing honors went to Steve McQueen and the film’s writer, John Ridley won for his screenplay of the slave drama. Meanwhile, Lupita Nyong’o continued her award season winning streak by beating Oprah Winfrey for the supporting actress award. She said it was “a deep, deep honor to be holding this trophy.”
In the outstanding motion picture actress category, Angela Bassett won for “Black Nativity” and Forest Whitaker won outstanding motion picture actor for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”
As far as the TV side of things, LL Cool J won outstanding actor in a drama series for CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” and of course Kerry Washington won outstanding drama series actress for ABC’s “Scandal,” which also took outstanding drama series. When it came to funny business, BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” won outstanding comedy series, while the show’s star, Kevin Hart, was singled out for his lead actor role.
The NAACP Image Awards made sure to tribute the late South African president, Nelson Mandela with words from Oprah Winfrey.
The 45th NAACP Image Awards was hosted by Anthony Anderson and aired live on TV One.