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The 45th NAACP Image Awards

12 Years A Slave wins big, even with The Butler ahead in the nominee count

By Andrea Tim | Published: 25 Feb 2014

NAACP Image Awards
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The Oscar anticipation is yet to dim, what with the 45th NAACP Image Awards keeping the hype up. The star-studded multi-cultural awards night honoured outstanding people of colour in film, television, music, and literature.

Outstanding Motion Picture 12 Years A Slave was an apparent winner, taking away four of its six nominations from the Film, Writing, and Directing categories. Steve McQueen, who was absent, and John Ridley won for Directing and Writing respectively, while clear favourite and rising star Lupita Nyong'o received the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture award.

Also nominated in the same category as Lupita was her 12 Years A Slave co-star Alfre Woodard. For Outstanding Actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor lost to Forest Whitaker, in a surprise (or maybe not) score for Lee Daniels' The Butler. David Oyelowo won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture award, beating his co-stars Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr. to make The Butler's second win.

Idris Elba let the award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture slip, but his role in Luther earned him the Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie, Mini-series or Dramatic Special.

Television big winner Scandal scored three out of five nominations: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (Kerry Washington), and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Joe Morton).

The stars of the music industry were not left out; the Bey Hive will be glad to hear that Beyonce won Outstanding Female Artist. Meanwhile, John Legend took home two of the silver trophies for Outstanding Male Artist and Outstanding Song for All Of Me.


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