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Ava DuVernay Wins Top Prize at NAACP Image Awards

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Ava DuVernay, winner of Entertainer of the Year, attends the 49th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Jan. 15, 2018, in Pasadena, California. (Jesse Grant/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 January 2018 01:16 PM

Director Ava DuVernay took the top prize at the 49th annual NAACP Image Awards held Monday in Pasadena, California.

The director, whose credits include "Selma," the documentary "13th" and the upcoming big budget Disney movie "A Wrinkle in Time," praised the world of other African-American writers and producers during her speech, Forbes reported.

"This is our time," DuVernay said, per Forbes, pointing to the fact at the awards were given on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. "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."

The awards show opened with a moment supporting the #TimesUp movement, featuring actresses Angela Robinson, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe, and Tracee Ellis Ross, reported CNN.

The #TimesUp movement started Jan. 1 by more than 300 women executives, actors, agents, writers, directors, and producers in Hollywood in an effort to counter systemic sexual harassment not just in the entertainment industry, but also in industries across the country, according to The Atlantic magazine.

Daniel Kaluuya, the star of the acclaimed thriller "Get Out," appeared surprised to win the outstanding actor in a motion picture award over two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, who was nominated for "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," Forbes wrote.

"Madness," Kaluuya said, according to Forbes. "I don’t think you’re allowed to beat Denzel Washington in an acting competition."

A list of major Image Award winners, according to CNN, included:

  • Entertainer of the Year: Ava DuVernay.
  • NAACP President's Award: Danny Glover.
  • 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 actor in a comedy series: Anthony Anderson -- "black-ish."
  • Outstanding actress in a comedy series: Tracee Ellis Ross -- "black-ish."
  • Outstanding comedy series: "black-ish."
  • Outstanding actor in a drama series: Omari Hardwick -- "Power."
  • Outstanding actress in a drama series: Taraji P. Henson -- "Empire."
  • Outstanding drama series: "Power."
  • The winners of the non-televised categories for the 49th NAACP Image Awards are:
  • 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): "Unsung."
  • 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 supporting actor in a motion picture: Idris Elba -- "Thor: Ragnarok."
  • Outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture: Tiffany Haddish -- "Girls Trip."
  • Outstanding independent motion picture: "Detroit."

A full list of winners can be found on the awards' website.

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