Filmmaker, Ava Duverney, 45 is making waves, the director scooped the Entertainer of the Year award at the ceremony at Pasadena’s Civic Auditorium on Monday night (Jan 15), beating Jay-Z, Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Chadwick Boseman and Bruno Mars to take the top honour.
Upon collecting the prize from the stage, she told the audience: “What is going on? I’m a director – I shouldn’t be up here.
“There’s a lot of darkness in this world but tonight I feel the warmth on me and I appreciate it. You know why because I’m in a room with all of these dynamic artists.
“I just want to remind you that you, the audience, we love you. Artists, we talk about you all the time, we’re constantly trying to figure out what you like and how to serve you.”
The Wrinkle In Time director then began thanking various stars for bringing their shows and movies to light and started to get emotional as she referenced Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech from the 1963 Civil Rights rally.
She added: “This is our time. We can say we were here when all this gorgeous art was happening, that we supported it and that we lifted each other up.
“That we did as Dr. King said we would do, ‘Live the dream.”
Other winners of the night included Sitcom Black-ish, which took home the Outstanding Comedy Series accolade, and its leading stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson won the Outstanding Actress and Actor in a Comedy prizes respectively.
Empire star Taraji P. Henson won the equivalent actress gong in the drama category, while the actor award went to Power‘s Omari Hardwick.
Power also took home its own prize, winning Outstanding Drama Series, while Daniel Kaluuya won Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.
NAACP Image Awards 2018 winners List 2018
Entertainer of the Year: Ava DuVernay
Outstanding Motion Picture: Girls Trip
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Outstanding Drama Series: Power
NAACP President’s Award: Danny Glover
NAACP Chairman’s Awards: William Lucy
Outstanding Comedy Series: Black-ish
Music Makes a Difference Honour: Charlie Wilson
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Omari Hardwick, Power
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Outstanding Actor Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Outstanding Actress Motion Picture: Octavia Spencer, Gifted
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