Ugandan actor Daniel Kaluuya, ‘black-ish’ win big at 2018 NAACP Image Awards

Farida Dawkins January 16, 2018
'black-ish' cast (left), Daniel Kaluuya (right)

The sitcom black-ish which features an upper-middle-class African-American family won big at the 2018 NAACP awards. The critically celebrated show won the Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series with the award going to Anthony Anderson, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series award going to Tracee Ellis Ross, Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series award going to Marsai Martin, and Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series award going to Anton Cropper.

The show is set in California and showcases Anthony Anderson’s character as an advertising executive, Tracee Ellis Ross’s character as an anesthesiologist, Yara Shahidi’s character as the popular, know-it-all, and socially active oldest daughter, Marcus Scribner as the second to oldest “nerd” and un-cool son, Miles Brown as the spirited 10-year-old fraternal twin to Marsai Martin who boasts of her smarts and wit whenever she can, and Jenifer Lewis as Anderson’s fictional mother. The cast also has reoccurring characters such as Laurence Fishburne and Raven Symone to name a few.

Black-ish is endearing to many because it’s relatable to many in the African-American community. Even if you’re not included in the financial bracket of the characters, there are certain themes that arise that you probably can relate to. The writers of the show don’t back away from including social, racial, and political content in the storylines either. Episodes have touched on discrimination, police brutality, issues within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual (LGBT) community, and the 2016 presidential election. Black-ish merges entertainment with real-life challenges to produce very likeable content.

Another big winner was Daniel Kaluuya for his role in the acclaimed film Get out. Kaluuya plays Chris, the boyfriend of Rose played by Allison Williams. In the film, Kaluuya meets William’s parents and other family members and notices a plethora of strange behaviors.

The NAACP Image Awards is spearheaded by the NAACP and aims to highlight the accomplishments of African-Americans in film, television, music, and literature present within the calendar year. This year marks the esteemed organization’s award show’s 49th year in rotation.

Below is the full list of winners:

Entertainer of the Year
Ava DuVernay

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer, Gifted (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Motion Picture
Girls Trip (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Comedy Series
black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Omari Hardwick, Power (Starz)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Taraji P. Henson, Empire (FOX)

Outstanding Drama Series
Power (Starz)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Jay Ellis, Insecure (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Marsai Martin, black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Joe Morton, Scandal (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Naturi Naughton, Power (Starz)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited, Series or Dramatic Special
The New Edition Story (BET)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Idris Elba, Guerrilla (Showtime)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited, Series or Dramatic Special
Queen Latifah, Flint (Lifetime)

Outstanding News/ Information, (Series or Special)
Unsung (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series
The Real (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series
The Manns (TV One)

Outstanding Variety or Game Show, (Series or Special)
Lip Sync Battle (Spike)

Outstanding Children’s Program
Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series)
Caleb McLaughlin, Stranger Things (Netflix)

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special), Individual or Ensemble
Roland Martin, News One Now (TV One)

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special), Individual or Ensemble
LL Cool J, Lip Sync Battle (Spike)


Outstanding New Artist
SZA (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Male Artist
Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Jazz Album
Petite Afrique, Somi (Sony Music/OKeh)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2, Greenleaf Soundtrack (RCA Inspiration)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional
“That’s What I Like”, Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Album
DAMN., Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
“HUMBLE.”, Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)


Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
The Annotated African American Folktales, Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Editor), Maria Tatar (Editor), (Liveright Publishing Corporation)

Outstanding Literary Work, Non-Fiction
Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies, Dick Gregory (Author), (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work, Debut Author
No One Is Coming to Save Us, Stephanie Powell Watts (Author), (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work, Biography / Autobiography
Becoming Ms. Burton, From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, Susan Burton (Author), Cari Lynn (Author), Michelle Alexander (Foreword By), (The New Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting our Sacred Dreams, Dr. Tererai Trent (Author), Oprah Winfrey (Foreword By), (Simon and Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
Incendiary Art: Poems, Patricia Smith (Author), (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Vashti Harrison (Author), (Hachette Book Group)

Outstanding Literary Work, Youth / Teens
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, Rita Williams-Garcia, (Author), Frank Morrison (Illustrator), (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Idris Elba, Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel Studios)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
Detroit (Annapurna Pictures)


Outstanding Documentary (Film)
STEP (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)
The 44th President: In His Own Words” (History)


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Janine Barrois, Claws, “Batsh*t” (TNT)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Gina Prince-Bythewood, Shots Fired, “Hour One: Pilot” (Fox)

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special
Abdul Williams, The New Edition Story – Part 2 (BET)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
Jordan Peele, Get Out (Universal Pictures)


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Anton Cropper, black-ish, “Juneteenth” (ABC)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Carl Franklin, 13 Reasons Why, “Tape 5, Side B” (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special
Allen Hughes, The Defiant Ones (HBO)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture
Jordan Peele, Get Out (Universal Pictures)


Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance
Tiffany Haddish, Legends of Chamberlain Heights” (Comedy Central)

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: January 16, 2018


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