NAACP Image Award Winners Include 'The Help,' Stars Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis
UPDATED: Jennifer Hudson and Laurence Fishburne also score trophies during a night that hands the Vanguard award to George Lucas and celebrates the lives of the late Whitney Houston and Don Cornelius.
The Help stars Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis can add two more trophies on their shelves. The awards season darlings took home NAACP Image Awards for their work in the night's most nominated film, which also took home outstanding motion picture.
Other film winners included Mike Epps and Laz Alonso for Jumping the Broom. The picture also won directing (Salim Akil), while writing went to Ann Peacock for NatGeo's The First Grader.
In the TV categories, Law & Order: SVU and Tyler Perry's House of Payne took the dramatic and comedic prizes, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tracee Ellis Ross, LL Cool J and Regina King led in the acting categories.
Despite the recent death of Image veteran Whitney Houston, the night maintained its celebratory tone, saving Houston's tribute for later in the broadcast.
When time came to honor works in music, which saw Jennifer Hudson nab two biggies, Don Cornelius was also given a special moment for Soul Train's landmark contribution to black music.
A complete list of winners (and nominees) follows on the next page