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It was a night to celebrate Black excellence at its finest, as the best in entertainment were honored at the 2015 NAACP Image Awards on TV One. ABC’s hit comedy series Black-ish swept all its categories, winning Outstanding Comedy Series. Host Anthony Anderson won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, and his on-screen wife Tracee Ellis Ross won Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. But the night belonged to Empire star Taraji P. Henson, who won Entertainer of the Year, as well as a Best Actress win for No Good Deed, her thriller with Idris Elba.

The stunning biopic Selma earned Outstanding Motion Picture, and the film’s star David Oyelowo won a much-deserved Best Actor Award for his portrayal of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Check out a full list of the winners (in bold) below.

Outstanding Comedy Series

“black-ish” (ABC)

• “House of Lies” (Showtime)

• “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

• “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

• “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

• Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)

Anthony Anderson – “‘black-ish” (ABC)

• Don Cheadle – “House of Lies” (Showtime)

• Keegan-Michael Key – “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

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

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

• Mindy Kaling – “The Mindy Project” (FOX)

• Niecy Nash – “The Soul Man” (TV Land)

Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Uzo Aduba – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

• Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

• Boris Kodjoe – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET)

• Glynn Turman – “House of Lies” (Showtime)

Laurence Fishburne – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Marcus Scribner – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Terry Crews – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

• Adrienne C. Moore – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

• Laverne Cox – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

• Lorraine Toussaint – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

• Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family” (ABC)

Yara Shahidi – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series

• “Being Mary Jane” (BET)

• “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

• “House of Cards” (Netflix)

“How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

• “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

• LL Cool J – “NCIS: LA” (CBS)

• Omar Epps – “Resurrection” (ABC)

• Omari Hardwick – “Being Mary Jane” (BET)

Shemar Moore – “Criminal Minds” (CBS)

• Taye Diggs – “Murder in the First” (TNT)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

• Gabrielle Union – “Being Mary Jane” (BET)

• Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)

• Nicole Beharie – “Sleepy Hollow” (FOX)

• Octavia Spencer – “Red Band Society” (FOX)

Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

• Alfred Enoch – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

• Courtney B. Vance – “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

• Guillermo Diaz – “Scandal” (ABC)

• Jeffrey Wright – “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)

Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

• Aja Naomi King – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

• Alfre Woodard – “State of Affairs” (NBC)

• Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

• Jada Pinkett Smith – “Gotham” (FOX)

Khandi Alexander – “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

• “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)

• “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)

• “Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)

• “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)

“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

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

Blair Underwood – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

• Charles S. Dutton – “Comeback Dad” (UP Entertainment)

• Larenz Tate – “Gun Hill” (BET)

• Mekhi Phifer – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)

• Ving Rhames – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)

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

• Angela Bassett – “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)

Cicely Tyson – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

• Keke Palmer – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

• Regina King – “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)

• Vanessa Williams – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special)

• “America After Ferguson” (PBS)

• “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” (PBS)

• “Melissa Harris Perry” (MSNBC)

• “Oprah’s Lifeclass” (OWN)

• “Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

• “Oprah Prime” (OWN)

• “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)

• “The Queen Latifah Show” (Syndicated)

• “The View” (ABC)

• “The Wendy Williams Show” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Series

• “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)

• “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)

• “Shark Tank” (ABC)

• “The Voice” (NBC)

• “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN)

Outstanding Variety Series or Special

• “BET Awards” (BET)

• “Family Feud” (Syndicated)

• “On the Run: Beyoncé and Jay Z” (HBO)

• “Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN)

• “UNCF An Evening of Stars” (NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, The CW, BET, Centric)

Outstanding Children’s Program

• “Anna Deavere Smith: A Youngarts Masterclass” (HBO)

• “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

• “Dora and Friends: Into The City!” (Nickelodeon)

• “HALO Awards” (Nickelodeon)

• “Kid President: Declaration of Awesome” (HUB)

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

• Amber Montana – “Haunted Hathaways” (Nickelodeon)

• China Anne McClain – “How to Build a Better Boy” (Disney Channel)

• Curtis Harris – “Haunted Hathaways” (Nickelodeon)

• Fatima Ptacek – “Dora and Friends: Into The City!” (Nickelodeon)

• Taliyah Whitaker – “Wallykazam!” (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Host in a Talk, Reality, News/ Information or Variety

• Chris Rock – “BET Awards” (BET)

• Gwen Ifill – “America After Ferguson” (PBS)

• Melissa Harris Perry – “Melissa Harris Perry” (MSNBC)

• Queen Latifah – “The Queen Latifah Show” (Syndicated)

• Steve Harvey – “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)


Outstanding New Artist

3 Winans Brothers (BMG)

• Aloe Blacc (XIX Recordings/Interscope Records)

• Erica Campbell (My Block Inc./eOne Music)

• Jhene Aiko (Def Jam Recordings)

• Liv Warfield (Kobalt Label Services)

Outstanding Male Artist

• John Legend (Columbia Records)

• Kem (Motown – Capitol)

• Kendrick Lamar (Interscope Records)

• Michael Jackson (Epic Records)

Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Female Artist

• Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

• Jennifer Hudson (RCA Records)

• Ledisi (Verve Records)

• Mary J Blige (Capitol)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

• “Being With You” – Smokey Robinson feat. Mary J Blige (Verve)

• “Brand New” – Pharrell Williams feat. Justin Timberlake (Columbia Records)

• “Gust of Wind” – Pharrell Williams feat. Daft Punk (Columbia Records)

• “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – Toni Braxton & Babyface (Def Jam Recordings)

“Stay with Me” – Sam Smith feat. Mary J Blige (Capitol)

Outstanding Jazz Album

• “Beautiful Life” – Dianne Reeves (Concord)

• “Dave Koz and Friends: The 25th of December” – Dave Koz (Concord Records)

• “Living My Dream” – Jonathan Butler (Rendezvous Music)

“My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke” – Al Jarreau (Concord)

• “Up” – Stanley Clarke (Mack Avenue Records)

Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)

• “Duets” – Donnie McClurkin (RCA Inspiration)

• “Help” – Erica Campbell (My Block Inc./eOne Music)

• “I Will Trust” – Fred Hammond (RCA Inspiration)

• “Journey To Freedom” – Michelle Williams (eOne Music)

“Where My Heart Belongs” – Gladys Knight (Shadow Mountain Records)

Outstanding Music Video

• “i” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Interscope)

• “It’s You” – KEM (Motown – Capitol)

• “Love Never Felt So Good” – Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake (Epic Records)

• “Pretty Hurts” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

“You & I (Nobody in the World)” – John Legend (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Song

• “Good Kisser” – Usher (RCA Records)

• “i” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Interscope)

• “Pretty Hurts” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

• “The Man” – Aloe Blacc (Interscope Records)

• “We Are Here” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Outstanding Album

• “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” – Aretha Franklin (RCA Records)

• “Beyoncé Platinum Edition” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

• “G I R L” – Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)

• “JHUD” – Jennifer Hudson (RCA Records)

• “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – Toni Braxton & Babyface (Def Jam Recordings)


Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

• “A Wanted Woman” – Eric Jerome Dickey (Penguin Random House)

• “An Untamed State” – Roxane Gay (Grove/Atlantic – Black Cat)

• “Another Woman’s Man” – Shelly Ellis (Kensington Publishing Corp.)

• “Momma: Gone” – Nina Foxx (Brown Girls Publishing)

• “The Prodigal Son” – Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette

Book Group)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

• “Bad Feminist” – Roxane Gay (Harper Perennial/HarperCollins)

• “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” – Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau)

• “Place not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America” – Sheryll Cashin (Beacon Press)

• “The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act” – Clay Risen (Bloomsbury Press)

• “Who We Be: The Colorization of America” – Jeff Chang (St. Martin’s Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

• “Forty Acres” – Dwayne Alexander Smith (Atria Books)

• “Queen Sugar” – Natalie Baszile (Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin Random House)

• “Remedy For A Broken Angel” – Toni Ann Johnson (Nortia Press)

• “The 16th Minute of Fame: An Insider’s Guide for Maintaining Success Beyond

15 Minutes of Fame” – Darrell Miller (Dunham Books)

• “Time of the Locust” – Morowa Yejide (Atria Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography

• “Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine” – Louis Sullivan with David Chanoff (University of

Georgia Press)

• “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy

Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)” – Rosie Perez (Crown Archetype)

• “Life In Motion” – Misty Copeland (Touchstone)

• “Mayor for Life” – Marion Barry, Omar Tyree (Strebor Books)

• “Stand Up Straight and Sing!” – Jessye Norman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

• “10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” – JJ Smith (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)

• “101 Scholarship Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College

Education” – Gwen Richardson (Cushcity Communications)

• “Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed” –

Bryant Terry (Ten Speed Press)

• “Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice

System” – Robbin Shipp, Nick Chiles (Agate Bolden)

• “Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life” – Joe Brewster, Michele

Stephenson, Hilary Beard (Spiegel & Grau)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

• “Citizen: An American Lyric” – Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press)

• “Digest” – Gregory Pardlo (Four Way Books)

• “The New Testament” – Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)

• “The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013″ – Derek Walcott, Selected by Glyn Maxwell

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

• “We Didn’t Know Any Gangsters” – Brian Gilmore (Cherry Castle Publishing, LLC)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

• “Beautiful Moon” – Tonya Bolden (Author), Eric Velasquez (Illustrator) (Abrams/Abrams

Books for Young Readers)

• “Dork Diaries 8: Tales From A Note-So-Happily Ever After” – Rachel Renee

Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell (Simon & Schuster)

• “Little Melba and Her Big Trombone” – Katheryn Russell-Brown (Author), Frank

Morrison (Illustrator) (Lee & Low Books)

• “Malcolm Little” – Ilyasah Shabazz (Author), AG Ford (Illustrator) (Simon & Schuster)

• “Searching for Sarah Rector” – Tonya Bolden (Abrams/Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

• “Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed

America” – Russell Freedman (Holiday House)

• “Brown Girl Dreaming” – Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)

• “Revolution” – Deborah Wiles (Scholastic Press)

• “The Freedom Summer Murders” – Don Mitchell (Scholastic Press)

• “The Red Pencil” – Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Shane Evans (Illustrator)

(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)


Outstanding Motion Picture

• “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

• “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

• “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

• “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

“Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

• Chadwick Boseman – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

David Oyelowo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

• Denzel Washington – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)

• Idris Elba – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)

• Nate Parker – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

• Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

• Quvenzhané Wallis – “Annie” (Columbia Pictures)

Taraji P. Henson – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)

• Tessa Thompson – “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

• Viola Davis – “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

• André Holland – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

• Cedric the Entertainer – “Top Five” (Paramount Pictures)

• Common – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

• Danny Glover – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

• Wendell Pierce – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

• Carmen Ejogo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

• Jill Scott – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

• Octavia Spencer – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

• Oprah Winfrey – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

• Viola Davis – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

• “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

• “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

• “Half of a Yellow Sun” (monterey media inc.)

• “JIMI: All Is By My Side” (XLrator Media)

• “Life of a King” (Animus Films/Serena Films)


Outstanding Documentary – (Film)

• “Documented” (Apo Anak Productions)

• “Finding Fela” (Jigsaw Productions)

• “I Am Ali” (Focus World/Fisheye Films)

• “Keep On Keepin On” (RADiUS)

• “Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a

People” (Chimpanzee Productions, Inc.)

Outstanding Documentary – (Television)

• “American Experience: Freedom Summer” (PBS)

• “Bad Boys” (ESPN)

• “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” (HBO)

• “Rand University” (ESPN)

• “The War Comes Home: Soledad O’Brien Reports” (CNN)


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

• Aisha Muharrar – “Parks and Recreation” – Ann & Chris (NBC)

• Brigette Munoz-Liebowitz – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” – Road Trip (FOX)

• Mindy Kaling – “The Mindy Project” – Danny and Mindy (FOX)

• Regina Hicks – “Instant Mom” – A Kids’s Choice (Nickelodeon and Nick@Nite)

• Sara Hess – “Orange is the New Black” – It Was the Change (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

• Erika Green Swafford – “How to Get Away with Murder” – Let’s Get To Scooping


• Mara Brock Akil – “Being Mary Jane” – Uber Love (BET)

• Warren Leight, Julie Martin – “Law & Order: SVU” – American Disgrace (NBC)

• Zahir McGhee – “Scandal” – Mama Said Knock You Out (ABC)

• Zoanne Clack – “Grey’s Anatomy” – You Be Illin’ (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie

• Karin Gist, Regina Hicks – “Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)

• Reggie Bythewood – “Gun Hill” (BET)

• Sharon Brathwaite, Peres Owino – “Seasons of Love” (Lifetime Networks)

• Shernold Edwards – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)

• Sterling Anderson, Maria Nation – “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture

• Chris Rock – “Top Five” (Paramount Pictures)

• Justin Simien – “Dear White People” (Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate)

• Margaret Nagle – “The Good Lie” (Alcon Entertainment)

• Misan Sagay – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

• Richard Wenk – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

• Ken Whittingham – “Parks and Recreation” – Prom (NBC)

• Ken Whittingham – “The Mindy Project” – Think Like a Peter (FOX)

• Linda Mendoza – “Bad Judge” – One Brave Waitress (NBC)

• Reginald Hudlin – “Bad Judge” – Knife to a Gunfight (NBC)

• Stan Lathan – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” – No New Friends (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series

• Anton Cropper – “Suits” – One-Two-Three Go… (USA)

• Carl Franklin – “House of Cards” – Chapter 14 (Netflix)

• Cary Joji Fukunaga – “True Detective” – Who Goes There (HBO)

• Hanelle Culpepper – “Criminal Minds” – The Edge of Winter (CBS)

• Millicent Shelton – “The Divide” – And the Little Ones Get Caught (WE tv)

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie

• Bille Woodruff – “Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)

• Greg Champion – “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)

• Michael Wilson – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

• Reggie Bythewood – “Gun Hill” (BET)

• Stephen Tolkin – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture

• Amma Asante – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

• Antoine Fuqua – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)

• Ava DuVernay – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

• Gina Prince-Bythewood – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

• John Ridley – “JIMI: All Is By My Side” (XLrator Media)


Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – (Television or Film)

• Jamie Foxx – “Rio 2″ (20th Century Fox)

• Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

• Morgan Freeman – “The Lego Movie” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures/Ratpac-

Dune Entertainment/Lego System A/S/VertigoEntertainment/Lin Pictures)

• Tracy Morgan – “The Boxtrolls” (Focus Features)

• Zoe Saldana – “The Book of Life” (20th Century Fox)

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