LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (Feb. 6, 2015) – The winners of the “46th NAACP Image Awards” were announced tonight during the live broadcast from Pasadena Civic Auditorium which aired on TV One (9-11 p.m. ET live/PT tape-delayed). The two-hour live special was hosted by
Anthony Anderson. There was a one-hour live pre-show from the red carpet hosted by Kevin Frazier and Shaun Robinson.
NAACP Chairwoman Roslyn Brock presented the NAACP Chairman’s Award to Attorney General of the United States, Eric H. Holder, Jr., NAACP President Cornell William Brooks presented the NAACP President’s Award to Spike Lee and Russell Simmons presented the NAACP Vanguard Award to Clive Davis.
Some of the biggest names in film, television and music appeared including Will Smith, Common, Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, Laurence Fishburne, Tracee Ellis Ross, Larenz Tate, Sharon Leal, Kerry Washington, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Octavia Spencer, Keegan Michael-Key, Taraji P. Henson, Tessa Thompson, Shemar Moore, Uzo Aduba, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Russell Simmons, John Gaskins III, Valeska Guittierez, Nicole Beharie, Mehcad Brooks, Lamorne Morris, Taye Diggs, Quvenzhané Wallis, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, and Henry Simmons. In addition, cast Members from Orange is the New Black, Belle, black-ish, Grey’s Anatomy, House of Cards, How to Get Away with Murder and more.
Lance Reddick was the in-show announcer. Affion Crockett was the backstage Social Media Commentator. The NAACP Image Awards production team included Executive Producers Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin, Tony McCuin was the Director, Byron Phillips was Producer, and Robin Reinhardt was Talent Producer.
The NAACP Image Awards is the premier multicultural awards show. It celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
Nominees for the NAACP Image Awards are determined by the number of entries received by the deadline. To be eligible, projects must have had a national distribution date between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014. For the 2014 voting period, over 1,200 submissions were received by the artists, managers, publicists, production companies, record labels, studios, networks and/or publishers. From those entries, a nominating committee of 300 industry professionals and NAACP leaders from across the country select five nominees in each of the 54 categories, excluding Entertainer of the Year. Those results were announced at a press conference. To determine the winners, the members of the NAACP vote via a secured online site. The results are tabulated by the Image Awards auditors, Bert Smith & Co., and the results are confidential until the envelope is opened LIVE on stage during the NBC telecast on Friday, February 6, 2015.
The 46TH NAACP Image Awards are sponsored by: AT&T, Bank of America, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Gilead Sciences, Hyundai Motor America, Southwest Airlines, UAW-Chrysler, and Wells Fargo.
The winners are as follows –
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Taraji P. Henson – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – “black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Shemar Moore – “Criminal Minds” (CBS)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Drama Series
“How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
David Oyelowo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
Outstanding Motion Picture
“Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
Entertainer of the Year
Taraji P. Henson