Red Tails,” a drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, the pioneering all-Black World War II pilot squad, was named as the best picture at Friday night’s 44th NAACP Image Awards, beating out Academy Award best picture nominees “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Django Unchained.”
“Red Tails” shared the award for best independent motion picture with “Beasts of the Southern Wild.'”
Denzel Washington was named as best actor in a motion picture for his portrayal of an airline pilot in “Flight,” beat a field that also consisted of Jamie Foxx (“Django Unchained”), Morgan Freeman (“The Magic of Belle Isle”), Suraj Sharma (“Life of Pi”) and Tyler Perry (“Alex Cross”).
BET’s “The Game” was named best television comedy and ABC’s “Scandal” the best television drama.
“Scandal” star Kerry Washington was named best actress in a television drama. She was also honored for her film work, winning for best supporting actress for her portrayal of a slave separated from her husband. Before the ceremony, she was named as the recipient of the President’s Award in recognition of her distinguished public service.
Foxx was named as the NAACP Entertainer of the Year.
Comedian and talk show host Steve Harvey hosted the ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium that honors the achievements of people of color in television, music, literature and films and groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
Other winners included Samuel L. Jackson for best supporting actor in a motion picture (“Django Unchained”), “On the Shoulders of Giants – The Story of the Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard Of” for best documentary, Don Cheadle for best actor in a television comedy series (“House of Lies”) and Cassi Davis, best actress in a television comedy series (“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”).