‘The Help’ rules at NAACP Awards

Draws best picture, actress, supporting actress wins

The cast of DreamWorks’ “The Help” walked away with the most kudos at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards Friday night, taking home the top prize for outstanding motion picture and nabbing actress and supporting actress honors for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.

Edging out co-stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Cicely Tyson, Spencer felt the Atlas-modeled Image Award statuette was an especially apt trophy.

“Wow, what a beautiful award,” she said. “Sometimes it does feel like we have the weight of the world on our shoulders.”

Salim Akil won the directing award for TriStar’s “Jumping the Broom,” and Anne Peacock received a writing award for National Geographic’s “The First Grader.” Angelina Jolie’s helming debut “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” from FilmDistrict, won the prize for foreign motion picture.

“Jumping the Broom” co-stars Laz Alonso and Mike Epps walked away with actor and supporting actor trophies.

In the television categories, “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” won for comedy series, while BET’s “Reed Between the Lines” stars Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Trecee Ellis Ross paired up to take home the actor and actress kudos for a comedy series.

“Law and Order: SVU” won for drama series. LL Cool J picked up drama actor kudos for his role in CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” while Regina King of TNT’s “Southland” took home actress in a drama.

George Lucas was honored with the NAACP Vanguard Award for creating awareness of social and racial issues.

The NAACP Image Awards honors achievement by people of color in film, TV, music and literature as well as those who promote social justice through creative endeavor. Kudocast, broadcast Friday on NBC, was hosted by Sanaa Lathan and Anthony Mackie.