New actress Gabby Sidibe won the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Award and after sashaying to the stage (and exchange love taps with presenter, Chris Rock), she stood before the mic and began with, "It is an honor to be nominated, but it's so awesome to win!" She went on to thank, and dedicate her award to, "all the Precious girls out there." In addition to her win, her co-star, Mo'Nique won for Outstanding Supporting Actress, director Lee Daniels won for Directing and screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher won for Outstanding Screenplay. The film also won for Outstanding Indie Film and Outstanding Motion Picture.
The NAACP also awarded special honors to a handful of our most prominent players including Tyler Perry (Chairman's Award), artist/philanthropist Wyclef Jean (NAACP/Ford Vanguard Award) as well as Former White House Advisor, Van Jones (President's Award). Additionally, music industry "godfather" Clarence Avant was inducted in the Hall of Fame.
Rounding out the night's winners were Maxwell who won for Outstanding Male Artist and received a heartfelt, standing ovation from the audience as well as Mary J. Blige, winner for Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Album. Co-Host, Hill Harper, earned the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series while Lance Gross won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The family series, "Lincoln Heights," which, sadly, will sign off this year after four seasons, won for Outstanding Drama Series.
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Newly Engaged Journee Smollett and her Boo
(i love this girl - excellent young black actress)
Tchina Arnold, Chris Rock and Journee Smollett
Newly Engaged American Next Top Model former Winner Eva and her boo actor Lance Gross
Singer and New mom Jill Scott
Actress Gabrielle Union
Actresses Essence Atkins and Gabrielle Union
Hollywood D- Z listers whose name i dont quite remember
Tyler Perry and our Legend Actress Cicely Tyson (love me some Cicely)
Maxwell during the acceptance speech
(to all the Maxwell Fans he is touring with Jill Scott starting in May 2010 - I just cant wait for this)