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NAACP Image Awards: Kevin Hart Named Entertainer of the Year, ’12 Years’ Best Pic

Kevin Hart was named Entertainer of the Year while “12 Years a Slave” racked up another four awards including  for motion picture at the NAACP Image Awards, which were held Saturday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Hart said he was a “real mama’s boy” and dedicated his prize to his mother, who recently passed away.

Helmer Steve McQueen and writer John Ridley won kudos for “12 Years” during a non-televised portion of the show Friday, while supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o said she was honored to win for a film “that has inspired discourse long overdue.”

Forest Whitaker and David Oyelowo were honored for their roles in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and Angela Bassett won the lead actress prize for “Black Nativity.” Whitaker was also honored with the NAACP Chairman’s Award. “I’m one of those with a funny accent and an African name,” Oyelowo referencing emcee Anthony Anderson’s earlier jokes about Brit actors with their accents and African names in his speech who cross the Pond to grab roles in Hollywood.

Meanwhile, Whitaker quoted a song from Nat King Cole, “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and be loved.”

On the television side, Hart and his BET show “Real Husbands of Hollywood” were honored for comedy, while Kerry Washington, Joe Morton and ABC’s “Scandal” picked up three awards for drama. Since showrunner Shonda Rhimes was unable to attend, Washington accepted the “Scandal” award. In her own acceptance speech, Washington said, “The historic nature of this role is due not to lack of talent, but lack of opportunity.”

The NAACP Image Awards were broadcast live on TV One and hosted by Anthony Anderson. Academy prexy Cheryl Boone Isaacs and DGA prexy Paris Barclay were inducted into the Image Awards Hall of Fame. Both are the first African-American presidents of their respective organizations. Barclay referenced his upbringing saying, “I’m the first in a long line of factory workers.”

Boone Isaacs said the Acad invited more women and minority this year than it ever has. “We still have a lot of work to do. I look forward to it,” she said to applause.

Oprah Winfrey led a tribute to Nelson Mandela and Stevie Wonder performed.

Winfrey gave a moving speech about meeting Mandela and wondering what she would say to him. “Why don’t you listen,” was the advice she was given. “What can I take to Nelson Mandela, I can’t take a candle,” she added. “So I built a school in his name.”

After the two-hour ceremony guests filed next door to the ice-skating rink for the afterparty.

The 45th Image Awards winners are:

Entertainer of the Year

Kevin Hart

Motion Picture

12 Years a Slave” 

Actor in a Motion Picture

Forest Whitaker – “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

Actress in a Motion Picture

Angela Bassett – “Black Nativity” 

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

David Oyelowo – “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” 

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Lupita Nyong’o – “12 Years a Slave” 

Actress in a Drama Series

Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)

Drama Series

“Scandal” (ABC)

Comedy Series

“Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET)

Talk Series

“Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)

Non-televised Categories

Motion Picture Categories

Independent Motion Picture

“Fruitvale Station” (The Weinstein Co./Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions, OG Project)

International Motion Picture

“War Witch” (Item 7)

Documentary Categories

Outstanding Documentary – (Theatrical)

“Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” (Codeblack Films/Lionsgate)

Documentary – (Television)

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (Showtime)

Writing Categories 

Writing in a Comedy Series

Vincent Brown – “A.N.T. Farm” – InfluANTces (Disney Channel)

Writing in a Dramatic Series

Janine Sherman Barrois – “Criminal Minds” – Strange Fruit (CBS) 

Writing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)

John Ridley – “12 Years a Slave” (River Road/Plan B/New Regency/Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Directing Categories

Directing in a Comedy Series

Millicent Shelton – “The Hustle” – Rule 4080 (Fuse)

Directing in a Dramatic Series

Regina King – “SouthLand” – Off Duty (TNT)

Directing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)

Steve McQueen – “12 Years a Slave” 

Actor in a Comedy Series

Kevin Hart – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET)

Actress in a Comedy Series

Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (BET)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Morris Chestnut – “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Brandy Norwood – “The Game” (BET)

Actor in a Drama Series

LL Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Taraji P. Henson – “Person of Interest” (CBS)

Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

“Being Mary Jane” (BET)

Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

Idris Elba – “Luther” (BBC America)

Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

Gabrielle Union – “Being Mary Jane” (BET)

Actor in a Daytime Drama Series

Kristoff St. John – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

Actress in a Daytime Drama Series

Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

News/Information (Series or Special)

“The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” (PBS)

Reality Series

“Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)

Variety Series or Special

“Black Girls Rock!” (BET)

Outstanding Children’s Program

“Wynton Marsalis: A YoungArts MasterClass” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth in a Youth/Children’s Program (Series or Special)

China Anne McClain – “A.N.T. Farm” (Disney Channel)

Recording Categories

New Artist

K. Michelle (Atlantic Records)

Male Artist

John Legend (Columbia Records)

Female Artist

Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

Duo, Group or Collaboration

“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell (Star Trak/Interscope)

Jazz Album

“The Songs of Stevie Wonder” – SFJAZZ Collective (SFJAZZ Records)

Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

“Best Days Deluxe Edition” – Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music)

World Music Album

“Natalie Cole en Español” – Natalie Cole (Verve Records)

Music Video

“Q.U.E.E.N.” – Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu (Bad Boy / Atlantic)

Song

“All of Me” – John Legend (Columbia Records)

Album

“Love, Charlie” – Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)

Literature Categories

Literary Work – Fiction

“Anybody’s Daughter” – Pamela Samuels Young (Goldman House Publishing)

Literary Work – Non-Fiction

“Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery” – Deborah Willis, Barbara Krauthemer (Temple University Press)

Literary Work – Debut Author

“Nine Years Under” – Sheri Booker (Gotham Books)

Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography

“The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks” – Jeanne Theoharis (Beacon Press)

Literary Work – Instructional

“The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life” – Robin Quivers (Avery)

Literary Work – Poetry

“Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers” – Frank X Walker (University of Georgia Press)

Literary Work – Children

“Nelson Mandela” – Kadir Nelson (Harper Collins Children’s Books/Katherin Tegen Books)

Literary Work – Youth/Teens

“Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers” – Tanya Lee Stone (Candlewick Press)

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