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'The Help,' Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer take NAACP Image honors

February 17, 2012 |  7:29 pm

The Help
The box-office hit "The Help" took top honors Friday at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards, winning best film, lead actress and supporting actress.

Viola Davis won lead actress and Octavia Spencer earned the supporting actress prize for the film, a look at domestic help and their employers in the South on the cusp of the civil rights movement. "The Help" is also nominated for the best film Oscar at next week's Academy Awards ceremony, and Davis and Spencer are also nominated.

The Image Awards were presented at the Shrine Auditorium and telecast on NBC. Actress Sanaa Lathan and actor Anthony Mackie hosted the event, which featured a tribute to the late Whitney Houston performed by gospel singer Yolanda Adams.

The romantic comedy-drama "Jumping the Broom" also scored well in the feature film categories with Laz Alonso earning the lead actor award, Mike Epps supporting actor and Salim Akil best director.

Other film awards handed out Friday evening included "Pariah" for outstanding independent motion picture, Angelina Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey" won foreign film honors and Ann Peacock won for her screenplay of "The First Grader."

George Lucas received the NAACP Vanguard Award.

On the television front, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" won best comedy series and Keshia Knight Pulliam won supporting actress for the sitcom. Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Tracee Ellis Ross won lead actor and actress in a comedy series for "Reed Between the Lines" and Nick Cannon earned supporting actor for "Up All NIght."

"Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit" took best drama series honors, while LL Cool J won best actor in a drama series for "NCIS: Los Angeles" and Regina King took home best actress for "Southland." James Pickens Jr. earned supporting actor for "Grey's Anatomy" and Archie Panjabi won supporting actress for "The Good Wife."

For a complete list of winners, which also include music and literature categories, go to http://www.naacpimageawards.net


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Photo: Cicely Tyson, left, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, producers Michael Barnathan, Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Tate Taylor accept the award for best film for "The Help" at the NAACP Image Awards. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards.

'The Help,' 'Tower Heist,' 'Pariah' among Image Award nominees

January 19, 2012 |  9:00 am


 The NAACP announced its nominees for the 43rd Image Awards on Thursday morning at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly HIlls.

The awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in films, TV, music and literature. The winners will be annnounced during a two-hour telecast on NBC on Feb. 17.

Nominated for outstanding motion picture are "The Help," "Jumping the Broom," "Pariah," "The First Grader" and "Tower Heist."

Vying for the lead actor prize are Eddie Murphy in "Tower Heist"; Laurence Fishburne in "Contagion"; Laz Alonso in "Jumping the Broom"; Oliver Litondo in "The First Grader" and Vin Diesel in "Fast Five."

Nominees for lead actress are Viola Davis in "The Help"; Adepero Oduye in "Pariah"; Emma Stone for "The Help"; Paula Patton for "Jumping the Broom" and Zoe Saldana for "Colombiana."

Supporting actor nominees are Anthony Mackie for "The Adjustment Bureau"; Charles Parnell for "Pariah"; Don Cheadle for "The Guard"; Jeffrey Wright for "The Ides of March" and Mike Epps for "Jumping the Broom."

Supporting actress nominees are Bryce Dallas Howard, Cicely Tyson and Octavia Spencer for "The Help"; Kim Wayans for "Pariah"; and Maya Rudolph for "Bridesmaids."

Nominees for film director are Alrick Brown, "Kinyarwanda"; Angelina Jolie for "In the Land of Blood and Honey"; Dee Rees for "Pariah"; Salim Akil for "Jumping the Broom"; and Tate Taylor for "The Help."

Among the television nominations, "Love That Girl!," "Modern Family," "Reed Between the Lines," "The Game" and "Tyler Perry's House of Pain" were nominated for top comedy series.

"Boardwalk Empire," "Grey's Anatomy," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "The Good Wife" and "Treme" were nominated for best dramatic series.

For a complete list of nominees, go to http://www.naacpimageawards.net/43/home/


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— Susan King

Photo: Kim Wayans costars in "Pariah," which received multiple Image Award nominations. Photo: Focus Features.


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