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‘Precious’ tops NAACP Awards

Lionsgate film wins six out of eight trophies in film category

It was a “Precious” night at the NAACP Image Awards on Friday, as the film scored six trophies out of nine in the motion picture categories.

“Precious” cleaned house, scooping up prizes for best motion picture and independent feature. Gabourey Sidibe topped Sandra Bullock for actress, and in the supporting actress category, Mo’Nique trumped co-stars Mariah Carey and Paula Patton for the kudo.

Director Lee Daniels and scribe Geoffrey Fletcher, who adapted “Precious” from Sapphire’s novel “Push,” took their turns at the podium as well for their work on the film.

Mo’Nique, who accepted her award in the name of unconditional love “for all the Preciouses out there,” also took the talkshow trophy for BET’s “The Mo’Nique Show.”

In the other film categories, Morgan Freeman picked up the award for lead actor for his role as Nelson Mandela in “Invictus,” while Adam Rodriguez took the supporting actor kudo for his perf in “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself.” HBO’s “Good Hair,” featuring Chris Rock, took the documentary nod.

In TV kudos, TBS laffer “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” picked up the trophy for comedy series as well as wins for Cassi Davis (actress), Keshia Knight Pulliam (supporting actress) and Lance Gross (supporting actor).

Actor in a comedy series honors went to Daryl “Chill” Mitchell of Fox’s “Brothers.”

Top drama series kudos went to ABC Family’s “Lincoln Heights.” Hill Harper nabbed a prize for actor in a drama for his work on CBS’ “CSI: NY,” while the dramatic actress nod went to TNT’s “Hawthorne” star Jada Pinkett Smith.

NBC’s “Law and Order” rounded out the dramatic acting categories with wins for Delroy Lindo (supporting actor) and S. Epatha Merkson (supporting actress).

At one point during the event, things got political. Michael Jackson’s memorial, which aired on AMC, BET, CNN, MTV and NBC bested President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration (HBO) but the president won in the news/information category by popular vote, scoring the prize for BET’s televised inauguration.

TNT’s telepic “Gifted Hands” took multiple honors, winning miniseries or dramatic special as well as acting nods for stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Kimberly Elise.

Complete list of winners:

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
S. Epatha Merkerson — “Law & Order” (NBC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“Gifted Hands” (TNT)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Cuba Gooding Jr. — “Gifted Hands” (TNT)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series
Kimberly Elise — “Gifted Hands” (TNT)

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series or Dramatic Special
Cornelius Smith Jr. — “All My Children” (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Debbi Morgan — “All My Children” (ABC)

Outstanding News/Information — (Series or Special)
“The Inauguration of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States” (BET)

Outstanding Talk Series
“The Mo’Nique Show” (BET)

Outstanding Reality Series
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (ABC)

Outstanding Variety — (Series or Special)
“The Michael Jackson Memorial: Celebrating the Life of Michael Jackson” (ABC, BET, CNN, MTV, NBC,…)

Outstanding Children’s Program
“Dora the Explorer” (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program — (Series or Special)
Keke Palmer – “True Jackson, VP” (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding New Artist
Keri Hilson (Mosley Music Group/Zone 4, Inc./Interscope Records)

Outstanding Male Artist
Maxwell (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
Mary J. Blige (Matriarch/Geffen)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
The Black Eyed Peas (Interscope Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album
“He and She” — Wynton Marsalis (Blue Note Records)

Outstanding Gospel Album — (Traditional or Contemporary)
“Still” — BeBe & CeCe Winans (B & C Records)

Outstanding World Music Album
“Black President” — Sila and the Afrofunk Experience (Visila Records)

Outstanding Music Video
“I Look To You” — Whitney Houston (Arista Records)

Outstanding Song
“God In Me” — Mary Mary (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Album
“Stronger With Each Tear” — Mary J. Blige (Matriarch/Geffen)

Outstanding Literary Work — Fiction
“The Long Fall” — Walter Mosley (Riverhead Books)

Outstanding Literary Work — Non-Fiction
“In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past” — Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Crown)

Outstanding Literary Work — Debut Author
“A Question of Freedom” — R. Dwayne Betts (Avery Books)

Outstanding Literary Work — Biography/Autobiography
“Michelle Obama” — Deborah Willis (W. W. Norton)

Outstanding Literary Work — Instructional
“Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” — Steve Harvey (Amistad)

Outstanding Literary Work — Poetry
“Bicycles” — Nikki Giovanni (William Morrow)

Outstanding Literary Work — Children
“Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change” — Michelle Cook (Author)(Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

Outstanding Literary Work — Youth/Teens
“Michelle Obama: Meet the First Lady” — David Bergen Brophy (Collins — An Imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Publishing)

Outstanding Motion Picture
“Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Morgan Freeman — “Invictus” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Gabourey Sidibe — “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Adam Rodriguez — “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Mo’Nique — “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
“The Stoning of Soraya M.” (Mpower Pictures)

Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical or Television)
“Good Hair” (Roadside Attractions)

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Halsted Sullivan and Warren Lieberstein — “The Office” — Café Disco (NBC)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Shonda Rhimes — “Grey’s Anatomy” — What a Difference A Day Makes (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
Geoffrey Fletcher — “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Ken Whittingham — “30 Rock” — The Funcooker (NBC)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Chandra Wilson — “Grey’s Anatomy” — Give Peace a Chance (ABC)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television) Lee Daniels — “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Comedy Series
“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Daryl “Chill” Mitchell — “Brothers” (FOX)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Cassi Davis — “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Lance Gross — “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Keshia Knight Pulliam — “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Outstanding Drama Series
“Lincoln Heights” (ABC Family)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Hill Harper — “CSI: NY” (CBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Jada Pinkett Smith — “HawthoRNe” (TNT)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Delroy Lindo — “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC)

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