'Soul' wins five awards

The 29th NAACP Image Awards feasted on “Soul Food,” handing out three prizes to the Fox 2000 film and two to its music.

In TV, CBS’ “Touched by an Angel” nabbed four, while its “Young & the Restless” tied with HBO’s “Miss Evers’ Boys” at three apiece. Those two series gave CBS seven wins, while HBO got five, Fox had four and the WB two.

Babyface was also a big winner: aside from his trophy as male artist, he was honored with a special prize as entertainer of the year. He also basks in the “Soul Food” wins, since he was an exec producer on the film and the album.

God’s Property had a triple play, winning for gospel group, musicvideo and performance in a variety series/special. Double winners included Erykah Badu, Oprah Winfrey and Boyz II Men.

Nancy Wilson and the Isley Brothers were inducted into the Image Awards Hall of Fame and U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman was presented the President’s Award by NAACP president-CEO Kweisi Mfume. The Image nods honors positive portrayals of blacks in TV, film, music and literature. The awards were handed out Feb. 13-14; portions of both evenings will air this Thursday in primetime on Fox.

A complete list of winners follows.

Motion picture: “Soul Food,” Fox 2000

Actress in a motion picture: Vanessa L. Williams, “Soul Food”

Actor in a motion picture: Djimon Hounsou, “Amistad” (DreamWorks)

Supporting actress in a motion picture: Irma P. Hall, “Soul Food”

Supporting actor in a motion picture: Morgan Freeman, “Amistad”

Comedy series: “Living Single” (Fox)

Drama series: “Touched by an Angel” (CBS)

TV movie/miniseries/dramatic special: “Miss Evers’ Boys” (HBO)

Variety series/special: “Sinbad’s Summer Jam III: HBO 70’s Soul Music Festival” (HBO)

News, talk or informational series: “The Oprah Winfrey Show: Oprah’s Book Club Dinner With Maya Angelou” (syndicated)

News, talk or informational special: “Dinner With Oprah: A Lifetime Exclusive — Toni Morrison” (Lifetime)

Daytime drama series: “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

Youth or children’s series/special: “Teen Summit: Don’t Kid Yourself: Pregnancy is no Joke” (BET)

Actress in a comedy series: Erika Alexander, “Living Single” (Fox)

Actor in a comedy series: Jamie Foxx, “The Jamie Foxx Show” (the WB)

Supporting actress in a comedy series: Countess Vaughan, “Moesha” (the WB)

Supporting actor in a comedy series: Alfonso Ribeiro “In the House” (UPN)

Actor in a drama series: Malik Yoba, “New York Undercover” (Fox)

Actress in a drama series: Della Reese, “Touched by an Angel” (CBS)

Supporting actress in a drama series: Lynn Whitfield, “Touched by an Angel” (CBS)

Supporting actor in a drama series: Louis Gossett Jr., “Touched by an Angel” (CBS)

Actress in a TV movie/miniseries/dramatic special: Alfre Woodard, “Miss Evers’ Boys” (HBO)

Actor in a TV movie/miniseries/dramatic special: Laurence Fishburne, “Miss Evers’ Boys” (HBO)

Performance in a variety series/special: God’s Property featuring Kirk Franklin on “The 1997 Essence Awards”

Performance in a youth or children’s series/special: Denzel Washington “Happily Ever After: Mother Goose” (HBO)

Youth actor/actress: Brandon Hammond, “Soul Food”

Actress in a daytime drama series: Victoria Rowell, “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

Actor in a daytime drama series: Shemar Moore, “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

Album: “Soul Food” soundtrack, various artists

Song: “A Song for Mama,” Boys II Men

Male artist: Babyface, “Everytime I Close My Eyes”

Female artist: Erykah Badu, “Baduizm”

New artist: Erykah Badu, “Baduizm”

Rap artist: Will Smith, “Men in Black”

Gospel artist: God’s Property, “God’s Property From Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation”

Duo or group: Boys II Men, “Evolution”

Jazz artist: Kenny G, “Havana”

Musicvideo: “Stomp,” God’s Property

Literary work, fiction: “Love Poems,” Nikki Giovanni

Literary work, nonfiction: “Even the Stars Look Lonesome,” Maya Angelou

Literary work, children’s: “I Have a Dream,” foreword by Coretta Scott King (various illustrators)

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