NAACP Image Awards Winners and Highlights

Black stars shined at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards.


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The 43rd NAACP Image Awards - Honoring the outstanding work of African-Americans in film and TV, the 43rd NAACP Image Awards were, once again, held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


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Anthony Mackie and Sanaa Lathan - Hosts Anthony Mackie and Sanaa Lathan handled the evening's presentations. Along with his hosting duties, Mackie was also nominated for the evening's Outstanding Supporting Actor award for his role in the film The Adjustment Bureau.  (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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The Help wins big - NAACP president Benjamin Jealous poses with actresses and Image Award winners Viola Davis (Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture—The Help) and Octavia Spencer (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture—The Help). Also pictured is actress and Image Award nominee Alfre Woodard.  (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Tracee Ellis Ross - Actress Tracee Ellis Ross won the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series award for Reed Between The Lines. (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Regina King and Sean "Diddy" Combs - Actress Regina King and Sean "Diddy" Combs were presenters. But King was also a winner, taking home the award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role in the police series SouthLAnd.(Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Samuel L. Jackson and Ne-Yo - Ne-Yo  takes a flick with Image Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson. (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Octavia Spencer and Paula Patton - Image Award winner Octavia Spencer and nominee Paula Patton hang out backstage.(Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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LL Cool J - Hip hop pioneer and actor LL Cool J captured the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for NCIS: Los Angeles.(Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Lenny Kravitz and Cicely Tyson - Lenny Kravitz showed love and respect to iconic actress Cicely Tyson, who was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for The Help.(Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)

Ne-Yo and Jennifer Hudson: "Leaving Tonight" - Jennifer Hudson?s appearance on Ne-Yo?s ?Leaving Tonight? serves as a reminder that she should have won American Idol. Featured on Ne-Yo?s sophomore album, Because of You, in 2007, the song was never released commercially.(Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)

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Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo - Jennifer Hudson, who won for Outstanding Album and Outstanding Music Video, and Ne-Yo performed a souful rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte - Acting greats Sidney Poitier (L) and Harry Belafonte  presented the President's Award to the Black Stuntmen's Association. Established in 1967, the organization broke racial barriers and earned Black stunt performers a place alongside white stuntmen in film and television. Belafonte also won for Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/Auto-Biography for the documentary My Song. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


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Nelsan Ellis - The True Blood actor was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)

Classy and Chic - KeKe is chic in pink! That gown is definitely on!(Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)

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Keke Palmer and Astro - Actress Keke Palmer (L) and rapper Astro were presenters. Palmer also won for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program (Series or Special) for her role on True Jackson, VP. (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Viola Davis - Viola Davis gave an insightful acceptance speech after winning the award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for The Help.

Lenny Kravitz, "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" - Here's a crazy thought: Maybe the Mayans were wrong? Optimists can hold on to a shimmer hope by blasting this 1991 classic in their bunkers.  (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

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Lenny rocked the house - Rocker Lenny Kravitz kicked off the ceremony with a performance of  "Black and White in America" and "Are You Gonna Go My Way." (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


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Jennifer Hudson's winning streak - Jennifer Hudson accepted the Outstanding Album award for "I Remember Me" from Russell Hornsby and Holly Robinson Peete. (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Jill Scott sings - Singer Jill Scott gave a great performance of the song "Blessed." (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


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Jill Scott is... Winning - Along with her performance, singer Jill Scott also won the evening's Outstanding Female Artist award. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


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George Lucas gets the Vanguard Award - George Lucas received the Vanguard Award for his body of work, including the recent Red Tails, which tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Also pictured with Lucas are Melanie Hobbson-Lucas and actor Hill Harper. (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Devin Hervey and Vanessa Williams - Devin Hervey and Image Award nominee Vanessa Williams were in the audience. (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Ben Jealous and Paula Patton - NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous (L) and actress Paula Patton were presenters. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


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Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll and Louis Gossett Jr. - Presenters Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll and Louis Gossett Jr. presented the award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

Octavia Spencer's moment - Actress Octavia Spencer accepted the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her unforgettable role in The Help. (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)

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Octavia Spencer's moment - Actress Octavia Spencer accepted the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her unforgettable role in The Help. (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Yolanda Adams paid tribute to Whitney Houston -  The Grammy-Award winning Yolanda Adams honored the late Whitney Houston with a hearfelt performance of the gospel song "I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry."(Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Honoring fallen legends - A tribute was held for the late Whitney Houston, who won the 1997 Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role in The Preacher's Wife and the 1995 Image Award for Entertainer of the Year. The late Don Cornelius was also honored for Soul Train's contribution to music. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


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Samuel L. Jackson - Samuel L. Jackson presented the Vanguard Award to pioneering filmmaker George Lucas. (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Acknowledging heroes - Red Tails stars Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. paid homage to the pioneering Tuskegee Airmen. (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Tuskegee Airmen - The last remaining Tuskegee Airmen, who were in attendance at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards, were given a standing ovation for their historic military service. (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Kirk Franklin sings a song of praise - Kirk Franklin, who won Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary),  honored Whitney Houston  with a rendition of "The Greatest Love of All." (Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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India.Arie - India.Arie was in the audience at 43rd NAACP Image Awards.(Photo: Goodloe/PictureGroup)


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Laurence Fishburne - For his portrayal of Thurgood Marshall in Thurgood, actor Laurence Fishburne won the Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.  (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


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The Help is honored - Actresses Cicely Tyson, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, producers Michael Barnathan, Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, and Tate Taylor accepted the award for Outstanding Motion Picture for The Help. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)