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NAACP Image Awards honor Harvey

Ex-U.S. prexy gets standing ovation from aud

Steve Harvey was the night’s big winner at the 32nd NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, while “Remember the Titans” was tapped best film and Denzel Washington for his performance in it. Former President Bill Clinton and Sidney Poitier were also honored.

Harvey took home the entertainer of the year award for his comedian/actor/radio personality gigs and the outstanding actor in a comedy series nod for “The Steve Harvey Show” — which also won the comedy series award and nods for supporting actor (Cedric “The Entertainer”) and actress (Terri J. Vaughn).

Hosted by comedian-actor Chris Tucker at the Universal Amphitheatre, the Image Awards recognized individuals for their commitment to positive change for African-Americans in the arts.

Clinton received a standing ovation from a wildly cheering audience upon his entrance.

Poitier received the Hall of Fame award for his 40-plus year career as an actor, director and author.

Blair Underwood won a supporting actor nod for the film “Rules of Engagement,” and best actor for CBS’ now-canceled “City of Angels,” which took drama series. Other winners included Sanaa Lathan, “Love & Basketball,” actress in a motion picture; Alfre Woodard, “Love & Basketball,” supporting actress; Mo’nique, “The Parkers,” comedy series actress; Della Reese, “Touched by an Angel,” actress in a drama series; Ossie Davis, “City of Angels,” supporting actor; Loretta Devine, “Boston Public,” supporting actress; “Sally Hemings: An American Scandal,” TV movie, miniseries or dramatic special; Danny Glover, “Freedom Song,” actor in a TV movie; Natalie Cole, “Livin’ for Love: The Natalie Cole Story,” actress in a TV movie; and Aaron Meeks, “Soul Food,” youth actor.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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