The 53rd NAACP Image Awards crowned Jennifer Hudson with its highest Entertainment of the Year award during its Saturday night television broadcast. The show recognized the achievements and performances of people of color in many categories, including Outstanding Movies, which went to Netflix The more they fall.

Hudson also brought home Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her portrayal of Aretha Franklin in MGM/UA’s The respect. Will Smith won the Outstanding Actor award for playing Richard Williams, father of Serena and Venus Williams, in Warner Bros.’ King Richard. Both artists thanked the families of their on-screen characters in their acceptance speeches. Unsafe won Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for Issa Rae. It’s us‘Sterling K. Brown and 9-1-1Angela Bassett won the award in the Dramatic Actor and Actress categories, respectively.

Blackish Star Anthony Anderson returned to host the awards show for the ninth straight year from a studio in Los Angeles. Anderson was also nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Blackish, which he won for the eighth consecutive year. “I would like to thank my mom for sleeping with my dad and making me,” Anderson said as she accepted the award next to her mother. “I’m just a kid from Compton. If you dream and believe, anything is possible.

“It’s the only place they can’t stop black people from voting,” Anderson said at the top of his opening speech, during which he also praised Ketanji Brown Jackson, who on February 25 became the first black woman to be nominated. to the Supreme Court.

The importance of the right to vote was a recurring theme throughout the show, with Anderson recalling the NAACP’s efforts “to ensure that this right is protected”.

In his Chairman’s Award acceptance speech, actor Samuel L. Jackson urged viewers to resume the fight for suffrage across the country. “We can put our legs, our bodies and our voices to work to make sure people get out and vote…no matter what they do to stop us from doing so,” Jackson said. “And I hope you all will. And maybe one day someone will get one [awards] because you used your legs, your voice and your body.

NAACP Chairman of the Board Leon W. Russell presented the President’s Award to Samuel L. Jackson in a pre-recorded video shot at the National Peace and Justice Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, which is the first memorial dedicated to the legacy of black slaves. people and victims of lynching. Other presenters also appeared at iconic locations, such as Questlove at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and Simu Liu at Black Star Collectibles, a black-owned comic book store in Los Angeles.

Mary J. Blige performed live from the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem, singing the title track from her latest album Hello beauty as well as “Love No Limit” from his 1992 debut What is 411?

NAACP National Board Member Scot X. Esdaile was named Activist of the Year. Howard University student Channing Hill, president of Howard University’s NAACP chapter, was named Young Activist of the Year. Ruth E. Carter, who made history as the first black woman to win an Oscar for costume design for Black Pantherreceived the Vanguard Award.

Kerry Washington appeared in person to present the Social Justice Award to Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning designer of the 1619 Project which Washington described as “elucidating the absolute centrality of black history in the history of United States”. Washington added, “Those who are at the forefront of progress need a passion for truth.” The actress also praised the Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at Howard University’s School of Communications for “defending and building our history and the spectacular truth of our stories on this shared land.”

“This award isn’t really about me,” Hannah-Jones said in her acceptance speech. “To date, some 36 states have passed or are considering bills to make it harder to teach about racism and inequality. Politicians use the power of the state to whitewash an already whitewashed history. Books and ideas about the black experience, about the LGBTQ community, are prohibited. These anti-historic laws go hand in hand with regressive policies that seek to restrict our civil and voting rights. A healthy society does not ban ideas, and attacks on books are an attack on democracy.

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson presented the President’s Award to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, for their commitment to public service. The couple’s nonprofit organization, Archewell, has partnered with the NAACP to create the Oswell Digital Civil Rights Award, which will be given annually to “leaders creating transformational change at the intersection of social justice and technology”. Dr. Sophia Noble, co-founder of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, is the first recipient of the award.

“This is the era of the digital justice movement,” Markel said. “We are proud to partner with the NAACP and each of you in translating the vital efforts of those who have gone before us into the modern challenges that lie ahead.

Notable winners from the week-long reveal of non-televised ceremonies, which ended on Friday, ranged from CODA for Best Independent Film at Encanto for the animated film. Best Performance winners included Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Hart, who won Best Actress and Actor in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special, for Anne Live! and True storyrespectively.

Check out the latest list of winners, which is updated live, below. Check out the winners of the first two nights in the non-TV categories here, Night 3 here, Night 4 here, and Night 5 here.

Artist of the year
Jennifer Hudson (WINNER)

Lil Nas X
Megan you stallion
Regina King
Tiffany Haddish

Outstanding Movie
The more they fall (Netflix) (WINNER)

Judas and the Black Messiah (Photos by Warner Bros.)
King Richard (Photos by Warner Bros.)
The respect (Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/United Artists Liberation)
USA vs. Billie Holiday (Hulu Original/New Slate Ventures/Lee Daniels Entertainment/Roth-Krischenbaum Films)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Will Smith– King Richard (Warner Bros. Pictures) (WINNER)

Denzel Washington- Macbeth’s Tragedy (Apple TV+ / A24)
Jonathan Majors – The more they fall (Netflix)
LaKeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah (Photos by Warner Bros.)
Mahershala Ali – swan song (AppleTV+)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Jennifer Hudson– The respect (Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/United Artists Release) (WINNER)

Andra Day – USA vs. Billie Holiday (Hulu Original/New Slate Ventures/Lee Daniels Entertainment/Roth-Krischenbaum Films)
Halle Berry- Bruised (Netflix)
Tessa Thompson– Who passed (Netflix)
Zendaya- Malcolm and Mary (Netflix)

Outstanding Comedy Series
Unsafe (HBO) (WINNER)

Blackish (ABC)
Harlem (Amazon Studios)
Run the world (Starz)
The Upshaws (Netflix)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Antoine Anderson – Blackish (ABC) (WINNER)
Cédric the Animator – The neighborhood (SCS)
Don Cheadle– Black Monday (Show time)
Elisha ‘EJ’ Williams – The good years (ABC)
Jay Ellis– Unsafe (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Issa Rae – Unsafe (HBO) (WINNER)
Loretta Devine – Family meeting (Netflix)
Regina Room – Black Monday (Show time)
Tracee Ellis Ross- Blackish (ABC)
Yvonne Orji – Unsafe (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown – It’s us (NBC) (WINNER)

Billy Porter– Pose (FX Network)
Damson Idris- Snowfall (FX Network)
Whitaker Forest – Godfather of Harlem (EPIX)
Kofi Siriboe – sugar queen (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Angela Bassett- 9-1-1 (FOX) (WINNER)
Dawn-Lyen Gardner – sugar queen (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Octavia Spencer – The truth must be told (AppleTV+)
Queen Latifah – The equalizer (SCS)
Rutine Wesley – sugar queen (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Social Media Personality of the Year
@Laronhinesofficial – Laron Hines (WINNER)

@Euniquejg – Eunique Jones GIbson
@KevOnStage – Kevin Fredericks
@_Lyneezy – Lanae Vanee
@Terrellgrice – Terrell Grice