2018 NAACP Image Awards

The 49th annual NAACP Image Awards kicks off tonight at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

Tonight’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People celebration will be hosted by the very funny Black-ish’ star, Anthony Anderson. As tonight holds a lot of recognition for a lot of existing and upcoming stars in entertainment, it’s the infamous Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z that leads the pack with five nominations apiece. Kendrick Lamar, Issa Rae, SZA, and Bruno Mars hold tied at a strong second with four nominations each.

Expect talented music performances as well as prestigious honors made to the likes of Labor Organizer and Civil Rights Leader, William Lucy. Actor Danny Glover will receive tonight’s President’s Award for all of his career success and public service, and tonight’s Vanguard Award will be rendered to Memphis Sanitation ‘I Am a Man’ for their work in bringing awareness to social and racial issues. Some of the early winners have already been announced, but the award show will air live tonight on TVOne at 9/8c. So make sure to boomerang back to see the completed list of this evening’s winners and my favorite part, who graced what on the carpet.

Letoya Luckett

Kerry Washington

Logan Browning

June Ambrose

Niecy Nash

Lisa Vidal

Rutina Wesley

Yara Shahidi

Tanika Ray

Demetria McKinney

Yvette Nicole Brown

Storm Reid

Sonequa Martin-Green

Lil Rel Howery

Okera Banks and Claire Sulmers

Lisa Vidal and Gabrielle Carteris

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

  • Ballers (HBO)
  • Black-ish (ABC)
  • Dear White People (Netflix)
  • Insecure (HBO)
  • Survivor’s Remorse (STARZ)

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Justin Simien Dear White People “Chapter 1”
  • Issa Rae Insecure “Hella Great”
  • Janine Barrois Claws “Batshit”
  • Issa Rae Insecure “Hella Perspective”
  • Aziz Ansari & Lena Waithe Master of None “Thanksgiving”

OUTSTANDING NEWS/INFORMATION (SERIES OR SPECIAL)

  • News One Now (TV One)
  • Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama (BET)
  • Unsung (TV One)
  • Oprah’s Master Class (OWN)
  • The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman (National Geographic)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION MOVIE, LIMITED-SERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

  • Jill Scott Flint
  • Oprah Winfrey The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Regina King American Crime
  • Queen Latifah Flint
  • Sanaa Lathan Shots Fired

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE, LIMITED-SERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

  • Idris Elba Guerilla
  • Laurence Fishburne Madiba
  • Mack Wilds Shots Fired
  • Woody McClain The New Edition Story
  • Bryshere Gray The New Edition Story

OUTSTANDING HOST IN A REALITY COMPETITION, GAME SHOW OR VARIETY (SERIES OR SPECIAL) – INDIVIDUAL

  • Iyanla Vanzant Iyanla: Fix My Life
  • Michael Smith & Jemele Hill SC6 with Michael & Jemele
  • LL Cool J Lip Sync Battle
  • W. Kamau Bell United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell
  • Alphonso Ribeiro America’s Funniest Home Video

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE, LIMITED-SERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

  • Flint (Lifetime)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO)
  • Shots Fired (FOX)
  • The New Edition Story (BET)
  • When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story (TV ONE)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Lynn Whitfield Greenleaf
  • Naturi Naughton Power
  • Samira Wiley The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Susan Kelechi Watson This Is Us
  • Tina Lifford Queen Sugar

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Jurnee Smollet Underground
  • Kerry Washington Scandal
  • Rutina Wesley Queen Sugar
  • Taraji P. Henson Empire
  • Viola Davis How To Get Away with Murder

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Bryshere Gray Empire
  • Dondre Whitfield Queen Sugar
  • Joe Morton Scandal
  • Jussie Smollet Empire
  • Trai Byers Empire

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Kofi Siriboe Queen Sugar
  • Mike Colter Marvel’s The Defenders
  • Sterling K. Brown This Is Us
  • Terrence Howard Empire
  • Omari Hardwick Power

OUTSTANDING HOST IN A TALK OR NEWS/INFORMATION (SERIES OR SPECIAL) – INDVIDUAL OR ENSEMBLE

  • Fredericka Whitfield Fredericka Whitfield
  • Morgan Freeman The Story Of Us With Morgan Freeman
  • Trevor Noah The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
  • Roland Martin News One Now
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Startalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

  • This is Us (NBC)
  • Greenleaf (OWN)
  • Power (STARZ)
  • Queen Sugar (OWN)
  • Underground (WGN America)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Leslie Jones Saturday Night LIve
  • Marsai Martin Black-ish
  • Tichina Arnold Survivor’s Remorse
  • Yvonne Orji Insecure
  • Uzo Aduba Orange Is the New Black

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Ernie Hudson Grace & Frankie
  • John David Washington Ballers
  • Jay Ellis Insecure
  • Omar Miller Ballers
  • Tituss Burgess Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH (SERIES, SPECIAL, TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED SPECIAL)

  • Caleb McLaughlin Stranger Things
  • Ethan Hutchinson Queen Sugar
  • Lonnie Chavis This Is Us
  • Marsai Martin Black-ish
  • Michael Rainey Power

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Issa Rae Insecure
  • Loretta Devine The Carmichael Show
  • Niecy Nash Claws
  • Tracee Ellis Ross Black-ish
  • Danielle Brooks Orange Is the New Black

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Anthony Anderson Black-ish
  • Aziz Ansari Master of None
  • Dwayne Johnson Ballers
  • Ronreaco Lee Survivor’s Remorse
  • Keegan-Michael Key Friends From College

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A MOTION PICTURE

  • Jordan Peele Get Out
  • Kenya Barris & Tracy Oliver Girl’s Trip
  • Mark Boal Detroit
  • Dee Rees & Virgil Williams Mudbound
  • Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani The Big Sick

OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

  • Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
  • Free Rein (Netflix)
  • Project MC2 (Netflix)
  • Raven’s Home (Disney Channel)
  • Nella The Princess Knight (Nickelodeon)

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR SPECIAL

  • Abdul Williams The New Edition Story – Night Two
  • May Chan An American Girl Story – Ivey & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance
  • Peter Landesman Alexander Woo & George C. Wolfe The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Cas Sigers-Beedless When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story
  • Allison McDonald An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Vera Herbert This Is Us “Still Here”
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood Shots Fired “Hour One: Pilot”
  • Erica Anderson Greenleaf “The Bear”
  • Ava Duvernay Queen Sugar “Dream Variations”
  • Anthony Sparks Queen Sugar “What Do I Care for Morning”

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION)

  • Birth Of A Movement (PBS)
  • What The Health (Alum Films and Media + First Spark Media)
  • Black Love (OWN)
  • The Difiant Ones (HBO)
  • The 44th President: In His Own Words (History)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY (FILM)

  • I Called Him Morgan (Submarine Deluxe/Flmrise)
  • Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (Firelight Films)
  • The Rape of Recy Taylor (Augusta Films)
  • Whose Streets? (Magnolia Pictures)
  • Step (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

OUTSTANDING VARIETY OR GAME SHOW – (SERIES OR SPECIAL)

  • Black Girls  Rock! 2017 (BET)
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Lip Sync Battle (SPIKE)
  • Def Comedy Jam 25 (NETFLIX)
  • Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin & Deep In the Heart of Texas (NETFLIX)

OUTSTANDING INDEPENDENT MOTION PICTURE

  • Last Flag Flying (Amazon Studios)
  • Detroit (Annapurna Pictures)
  • Mudbound (NETFLIX)
  • Wind River (Acacia Filmed Entertainment)
  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (Annapurna Pictures)

OUSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE

  • Aurdra McDonald Beauty and the Beast
  • Keesha Sharp Marshall
  • Regina Hall Girls Trip
  • Tiffany Haddish Girls Trip
  • Tessa Thompson Thor: Ragnarok

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE

  • Sterling K. Brown Marshall
  • Lil Rel Howery Get Out
  • Idris Elba Thor: Ragnarok
  • Nnamdi Asomugha Crown Heights
  • Laurence Fishburne

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE

  • Natalie Paul Crown Heights
  • Halle Berry Kidnap
  • Danai Gurira All Eyez On Me
  • Octavia Spencer Gifted
  • Amanda Stenberg Everything, Everything

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