Hollywood by Choice
The 48th NAACP Image Awards
Gail Choice | 2/23/2017, midnight
The 48th annual NAACP Image Awards was recently held in Pasadena, and aired on TV One. If you missed it, don’t fret, TV One will air the show in syndication through the end of March. Check your local listings for show times.
Thank you, NAACP for keeping our dream alive.
Right now things are looking good for Blacks working in Hollywood in front of and behind the camera. But if you know anything about Hollywood history, you know it is cyclical, and things have a way of changing just when you think you’ve arrived.
The NAACP, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities need to continue to thrive and grow. In July of 2016, talk show hostess Wendy Williams made the blundering statement: “I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically White college. We have historically Black colleges,” she said. “What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP.” Williams later apologized, and three of her producers were fired following the show.
The point is, a number of Black people are under the impression that we don’t need organizations or institutions that focus specifically on the improvement of Black lives. They are wrong.
For the past 48 years, the NAACP Image Awards have honored Black performers for their outstanding work. Before this, there was little to no recognition of Blacks in Hollywood. Additionally, nowadays Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, and other people of color also have their own awards shows, recognizing and thanking the people of their culture who put their hearts and soul into their work. African Americans should be no different. Here are some of the big winners from the 48th NAACP Image Awards.
Entertainer of the Year: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Johnson is reportedly the world’s highest paid actor. In 2016, he was hailed as “People’s Sexist Man Alive!” And he’s got a number of films under his belt like “Hercules,” and “Moana,” but soon he’s coming out with some biggies like “Baywatch,” and “Jumanji.
Outstanding Motion Picture: “Hidden Figures”
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Taraji P. Henson, “Hidden Figures”
Outstanding Drama Series: “Queen Sugar” Show Creator Ava DuVernay says, “I’m often applauded for the all-women directorial team on “Queen Sugar” or for my crews, which are always very inclusive. But don’t applaud me for doing the right thing.”
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Outstanding Comedy Series: “Black-ish”
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, “Empire.” Ted Melfi, director of the Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures,” said that while he was “disappointed” to see Henson receive no major actor nominations, he believes the snubs are probably a result of Hollywood politics and not Henson’s talent.
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Denzel Washington, “Fences”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Laurence Fishburne, “Black-ish”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Tichina Arnold, “Survivor’s Remorse”