“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” “The Harder They Fall” and “Red Table Talk” were among the productions that won top prizes on Wednesday at 3 p.m. NAACP Image Awards‘visual ceremonies.
The non-television Image Awards are handed out during five virtual ceremonies that last for a week, starting on February 21, before the live broadcast, when the best categories, including the Artist of the Year, will be awarded on February 26. BET. Virtual ceremonies from Monday to Friday are broadcast live via Image Awards’ YouTube channel and NAACPImageAwards.net.
Maya Rudolph also received her first Image Award after three previous nominations. The comedian was recognized in the “Excellent Invited Performance” category for “Saturday Night Live”.
Winning the Image Awards is almost an old hat for Noah, who won again as an outstanding presenter in a reality contest, game show, pop series or special category. “Daily Show” also topped the category of outstanding pop or game shows: “The Reid Out” Joy Reed called a great series of news / information, and “Wild ‘n Out” – the best reality series.
“Red Table Talk” received its second award in a row for an outstanding series of performances, and an additional prize went to three leading Judas Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris and Will Smith in their first win.
“The Harder They Fall” by James Samuels received two awards – one for Samuel’s outstanding work (film) and the second for outstanding role in the film. The Western Netflix, which dominated the 12-image film category, starred Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King, Zazi Bitz, Delroy Linda, Lekit Stanfield, Daniel Deadwiller, RJ Cyler, Eddie Gategi and Deon.
Here is the full list of winners of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards (updated during the week):
Wednesday, February 23rd:
A great series of conversations
“Talk about the red table”
Excellent presenter in conversation or news / information (series or special) – individual or ensemble
Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Will Smith – “Talk of the Red Table”
Excellent reality-program / reality-competition series
“Wild ‘n Out”
Excellent presenter in reality / reality contest, game shows or pop (series or special) – individual or ensemble
Trevor Noah – “Daily Show with Trevor Noah”
Great pop or game show (series or special)
“Daily show with Trevor Noah”
Great news / information (series or specials)
Great documentary (television)
“On the Pig: How African-American Cuisine Transformed America”
Great children’s program
Great cartoon series
“We, the people”
Excellent voice acting behind the scenes (television)
Cree Summer – “Rugraty”
Excellent performance of the voice of the character (movie)
Leticia Wright – “Sing 2”
A great breakthrough in film
Danny Boyd Jr. – “Bruised”
Great creative breakthrough (movie)
James Samuel – “The harder they fall”
A great acting ensemble in a movie
“The harder they fall”
A great international film
Great performance by the guests
Maya Rudolph – “Saturday Night Live”
Special Award: Roy Wilkins Civil Rights Award
Members of the Texas Black Legislature, the U.S. Legislature and the Texas House of Representatives
Tuesday, February 22nd:
“Dangerous” creator and star Isa Ray, Underground visionary Barry Jenkins and “Judas and the Black Messiah” director Shaka King were among the winners Tuesday at the 53rd NAACP Image Awards.
Ray received an outstanding writer in a comedy series for writing the finale of the series “Dangerous”, which led the NAACP Image Award nominee class with 12 nods. She is also nominated for an award for Best Actress to be presented later.
“Davita Scarlett of The Good Fight won the award for screenplay for drama series, while Abdul Williams won in a television movie or in a special category for the screenplay for ‘Salt-N-Pepa.’
King won two prizes for winning outstanding film directing and sharing the honor for outstanding writing with his co-authors Will Benson and the Lucas brothers.
Jenkins was also honored in the directorial nominations, winning the Drama Series Award for “Underground,” and “South Side” directors Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle won the award for directing comedy series. Director of “Robin Roberts Represents: Mahalia” Kenny Leon received an award in a television film or special category, and the award for the documentary went to Samantha Knowles, Yoruba Richen, Gita Handbhir and Nadia Halgren for the film “Black and Disappeared”.
A great short series – comedy or drama
“Between the scenes” – The Daily Show
Excellent short series or special realism / documentary literature
“Sign of the big day” – lynching cards
Excellent short form (live fight)
“When the sun sets (Lakutshon ‘Ilanga)”
Excellent short form (animated)
“We are again”
Great script in a comedy series
Isa Ray – “Dangerous” – series № 510 “Everything will be fine ?!”
Great script in a drama series
Davita Scarlett – “Good fight” – 505
Great script in a TV movie or special movie
Abdul Williams – Salt and Pep
A great work in film
Shaka King, Will Berson, Kenny Lucas, Keith Lucas – “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Excellent directing in a comedy series
Bashir Salahuddin, Diyala Riddle – “South Side” – “Tornado” (208)
Excellent directing in a drama series
Barry Jenkins – Underground
Excellent directing in a TV or special film
Kenny Leon – “Robin Roberts Represents: Mahalia”
Excellent directing in a documentary
Samantha Knowles, Yoruba Richen, Gita Handbhir, Nadia Hallgren – “Black and Missing” – ep. 103
Excellent directing in a movie
Shaka King – “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Special Award: NAACP Activist of the Year
Scots X. Esdale.
Monday, February 21st:
Journalist Jamel Hill, civil rights activist Stacey Abrams, superstar Will Smith and legendary Sicily Tyson were among the winners of a podcast and literary award presented Monday as part of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards.
Hill, an ESPN graduate who writes for Atlantic and has a growing podcast of subscribers, has taken home two trophies for his podcast “Jamel Hill doesn’t care,” in the categories of arts and entertainment and society and culture.
Abrams, a Georgia suffrage advocate, received an award for children for a book she co-wrote with Keith Thomas, Stacy’s Unusual Words.
Smith, who is now again on the hunt for an Oscar for his work in the biographical film “King Richard”, received the laurels of a literary biography for telling his own story in “The Will”, published late last year.
Pioneer Tyson added another award to her outstanding legacy by receiving the Literary Award as a debut author for her autobiography “As I Am,” which was published two days before her death at the age of 96 in January 2021.
Gray Shepard and Kim Whitley received awards in a lifestyle podcast for their work on “Two Funny Moms”.
An excellent literary work is fiction
“Long Division” – Keys Lamon
An excellent literary work is scientific literature
“Project 1619: A New History of Origin” – Nicole Hannah-Jones
An outstanding literary work is a debut author
“Like me” – Sicily Tyson
An outstanding literary work is a biography / autobiography
“Will” – Will Smith
An excellent literary work is educational
“Feed the soul (because it’s my business)” – Tabitha Brown
Poetry is an excellent literary work
“Perfect Black” – Crystal Wilkinson
Children are an excellent literary work
“Stacy’s Unusual Words” – Stacy Abrams, Keith Thomas
A great literary work – young people / teenagers
“Ace of Spades” – Farida Abiki-Iimidi
Great podcast – news and information
“Blind Spot: Tulsa Burns”
A great podcast – art and entertainment
“Jamel Hill does not bother”
A great podcast is society and culture
“Jamel Hill does not bother”
Great podcast – Lifestyle / self-help
“Two Funny Moms” – Gray Shepherd and Kim Whitley
(Pictured: Isa Ray, Barry Jenkins and Shaka King)