Viola Davis Wins Big At NAACP Image Awards
Actress Viola Davis won the best actress award at the 48th NAACP Image Awards Non-Televised Awards Ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California – Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America.
Viola Davis, Denzel Washington and Taraji P. Henson took the top honors at the NAACP Image Awards. Henson’s movie Hidden Figures was a big winner at the 48th annual ceremony held at the Pasadena Conference Center, California, on Saturday, taking Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for the 46-year-old actress.
While accepting the award for her portrayal of Katherine G. Johnson, one of the black female NASA mathematicians who helped put the first American into space, Henson admitted she had never focused on mathematics while in school as it was “for the boys”.
Actors Denzel Washington and Taraji P Henson attend the 48th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California – Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images North America.
“There are roles you accept that scare you. And this one did because I failed math,” she told the star-studded crowd. “I made it my mission to do this film. This film was very important. It was bigger than me.”
Henson later won the award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Cookie Lyon on the musical drama series Empire.
A majority of the awards were announced during a non-televised gala on Friday, but nine categories were announced during the live ceremony on Saturday, which was hosted by Black-ish star Anthony Anderson.
The comedy actor took aim at President Donald Trump during the ceremony, joking to The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, “Lets get into it, I’m black and immigrant so I don’t have that much time.”
Viola Davis continued her winning streak, receiving the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Fences, while her co-star Denzel Washington won for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.
The critically-acclaimed drama Moonlight nabbed four awards, including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Mahershala Ali, and Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture for Barry Jenkins.
Dwayne Johnson was honored with Entertainer of the Year, and later took to Twitter to share his joy with his followers. “Thank you @NAACP! Honored (sic) for me to celebrate the excellence of everyone tonight. A real honor (sic) to stand on that stage!” he wrote.
Sterling K. Brown won the award for Best Outstanding Actor in a Drama for his role on the drama series This is Us, while Courtney B. Vance scored the Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Comedy series Black-ish scored six wins on the night, including Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson scooping Outstanding Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series awards respectively.
Beyonce, who was absent from the ceremony, took home five awards thanks to her hugely successful album Lemonade, including Outstanding Female Artist, and Outstanding Music Video for Formation.