Black Excellence: Here Are All The Winners Of The 2018 NAACP Image Awards


January 16, 2018


We’re still basking in all the Black excellence that was present at the 49th annual NAACP Image Awards. Held on what would of been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 89th birthday, the Image Awards “celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.” 


Last night, host Anthony Anderson, the presenters and award recipients did just that. From Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lena Waithe, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Angela Robinson, and Laverne Cox opening the show with a tribute to the Time’s Up movement, an initiative created to stop sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

Photo credit: Earl Gibson III/WireImage

From Daniel Kaluuya snagging his first Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for his performance in Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.” Peel won Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing for the film.  


Photo credit: Maury Phillips 

To the legendary Danny Glover accepting the NAACP President’s Award. 

Photo credit: Maury Phillips 


To visionary filmmaker Ava DuVernay winning Entertainer of the Year. DuVernay accepted the award with one of the most inspiring speeches of the evening.  

“There’s a lot of darkness in this world and tonight I feel the warmth… I’ve got to honor Shonda with Scandal and Grey’s and How To Get Away With Murder. Kenya Barris has black-ish and grown-ish, said DuVernay. Micha Green gave us Underground. Gina Prince Bythewood who gave us Shots Fired. George Wolf gave us [The Immortal Life of] Henrietta Lacks. Donald Glover with Atlanta. Courtney Kemp with Power. Lee Daniels with Empire and Star. Justin Timian with Dear White People. Janine Sherman Barrois with Claws. Lena Waithe with The Chi and that’s just TV…. Get Out. Stella Meghie with Everything, Everything. Malcolm Lee with Girls Trip.”


She ended her speech by saying: “This is our time. We can say we were here when all this gorgeous art was happening, and that we supported it — that we lifted each other up, that we did as Dr. King said we would do : Live the dream. We’re the dream.”

See full list of winners below: 

Entertainer of the Year
Ava DuVernay


Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer, Gifted

Outstanding Motion Picture
Girls Trip


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Idris Elba, Thor: Ragnarok

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish


Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Outstanding Comedy Series

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Omari Hardwick, Power


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

Outstanding Drama Series

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Jay Ellis, Insecure


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Marsai Martin, Black-ish

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Joe Morton, Scandal

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Naturi Naughton, Power


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

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
Idris Elba, Guerrilla

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


Outstanding News/Information, (Series or Special)

Outstanding Talk Series
The Real

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series
The Manns


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

Outstanding Children’s Program
Doc McStuffins

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture


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

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

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



Outstanding New Artist

Outstanding Male Artist
Bruno Mars


Outstanding Female Artist
Mary J. Blige

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna

Outstanding Jazz Album
Petite Afrique, Somi


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

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

Outstanding Song–Traditional
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars


Outstanding Album
Damn., Kendrick Lamar

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
“Humble.,” Kendrick Lamar



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

Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction
Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies, Dick Gregory (Author),

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


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)


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 Documentary (Film)

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



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

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


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

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
Jordan Peele, Get Out



Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Anton Cropper, Black-ish, “Juneteenth”

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

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


Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture
Jordan Peele, Get Out


Outstanding Character Voiceover Performance
Tiffany Haddish, Legends of Chamberlain Heights


Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! 

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