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NAACP Image Awards 2021: The Complete Televised Winners List

Last night, the 52nd NAACP Image Awards was live on BET and President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris kicked off the 2021 NAACP Image Awards.



Before Anthony Anderson took over as host of the night and awards were presented, President Biden shared some words of wisdom and addressed viewers on Saturday.


"Good evening everybody, it's an honor to be a part of the special evening as a member of the NAACP," Biden began. "For more than 100 years the NAACP has advanced essential motion in a central motion that everyone is created equal and is going to be treated equally. And it has for more than 50 years, NAACP awards help us see exactly that."

"Black culture is American culture. Black history is American history. And Black stories are essential to the ongoing story of America," he continued. "Tonight's nominees, to all of you, thank you for also helping us see what America can be. And I am honored to introduce someone who has done just that. Our vice president of the United States Kamala Harris."

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Harris then took over, thanking Biden for the introduction before also touching on how vital the awards and NAACP are. "The NAACP Image Awards are about Black excellence in motion pictures and television, music and literature. And over the past year, we've seen so many actors and artists excel not just in their craft, but in their contributions to our community during this devastating pandemic," Harris expressed. "And the NAACP has led the way, all the way, fighting for justice, ensuring the well-being of Black communities, providing grants to Black entrepreneurs and advocating for Black students. I thank you."


"As the nation, we are at a major turning point. We have surpassed 100 million shots in arms. We have sent out more than 100 million checks, and we are making historic investments in schools, small businesses, and Black communities across the country," Harris continued. "And still, there is so much more to be done. So tonight, let us celebrate, and tomorrow, let's get back to work."

The two then jointly said, "Welcome to the 52nd NAACP Image Awards."



Anthony Anderson returned as host for the eighth year in a row, entering the premiere event already a winner. During Friday’s non-televised ceremony, he won outstanding actor in a comedy series for his role on “Black-ish.” The NAACP Image Awards officially began on Monday, giving out a set of awards each night. In addition to Anderson, “Black-ish” dominated with wins by Deon Cole and Marsai Martin in their respective comedy series categories. However, it was “Insecure” that walked away with the prize for outstanding comedy series.



Here's the list of winners.


Entertainer of the Year

D-Nice (Winner) Regina King Viola Davis Trevor Noah Tyler Perry


Outstanding Motion Picture

“Bad Boys For Life” (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment) (Winner) “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix) “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix) “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) “One Night In Miami…” (Amazon Studios)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Chadwick Boseman – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) (Winner) Anthony Mackie – “The Banker” (Apple TV Plus) Delroy Lindo – “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix) Forest Whitaker – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix) Will Smith – “Bad Boys For Life” (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Viola Davis – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) (Winner) Issa Rae – “The Photograph” (Universal Pictures) Janelle Monáe – “Antebellum” (Lionsgate) Madalen Mills – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix) Tracee Ellis Ross – “The High Note” (Focus Features)

Social Justice Impact

Stacey Abrams (Winner) April Ryan Debbie Allen Lebron James Tamika Mallory

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Issa Rae – “Insecure” (HBO) (Winner) Folake Olowofoyeku – “Bob Hearts Abishola” (CBS) Regina Hall – “Black Monday” (Showtime) Tracee Ellis Ross – “Black-ish” (ABC) Yara Shahidi – “Grown-ish” (Freeform)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Regé-Jean Page – “Bridgerton” (Netflix) (Winner) Jonathan Majors – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO) Keith David – “Greenleaf” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) Nicco Annan – “P-Valley” (Starz) Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us” (NBC)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis – “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC) (Winner) Angela Bassett – “9-1-1” (FOX) Brandee Evans – “P-Valley” (Starz) Jurnee Smollett – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO) Simone Missick – “All Rise” (CBS)


President’s Award

LeBron James

Hall of Fame Award

Eddie Murphy

Chairman’s Award

Rev. James Lawson

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Chadwick Boseman – “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix) (Winner) Aldis Hodge – “One Night In Miami…” (Amazon Studios) Clarke Peters – “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix) Colman Domingo – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) Glynn Turman – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Phylicia Rashad – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix) (Winner) Anika Noni Rose – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix) Gabourey Sidibe – “Antebellum” (Lionsgate) Nia Long – “The Banker” (Apple TV Plus) Taylour Paige – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

“The Banker” (Apple TV Plus) (Winner) “Emperor” (Universal Home Video) “Farewell Amor” (IFC Films) “Miss Juneteenth” (Vertical Entertainment) “The 24th” (Vertical Entertainment)

Outstanding International Motion Picture

“Night of the Kings” (Neon) (Winner) “Ainu Mosir” (ARRAY) “His House” (Netflix) “The Last Tree” (ArtMattan Productions) “The Life Ahead” (La vita davanti a se) (Netflix)

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture

Madalen Mills – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix) (Winner) Dayo Okeniyi – “Emperor” (Universal Home Video) Dominique Fishback – “Project Power” (Netflix) Jahi Di’Allo Winston – “Charm City Kings” (HBO Max) Jahzir Bruno – “The Witches” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) (Winner) “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix) “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix) “Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) “The Banker” (Apple TV Plus)

Outstanding Animated Motion Picture

“Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) (Winner) “Onward” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) “Over the Moon” (Netflix) “Scoob!” (Warner Bros. Pictures) “Trolls World Tour” (Universal Pictures)


Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – Motion Picture

Jamie Foxx – “Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) (Winner) Ahmir-Khalib Thompson aka Questlove – “Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) Angela Bassett – “Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) Chris Rock – “The Witches” (Warner Bros. Pictures) Phylicia Rashad – “Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Outstanding Short Form (Live Action)

“Black Boy Joy” (Film Independent Project Involve) (Winner) “Baldwin Beauty” (Powderkeg Media) “Gets Good Light” (Teddy Tracker Entertainment) “Home” “Mr. & Mrs. Ellis” (AMB Productions)

Outstanding Short Form (Animated)

“Canvas” (Netflix) (Winner) “Cops and Robbers” (Netflix) “Loop” (Pixar Animation Studios) “The Power of Hope” (The Power Of Hope) “Windup” (Unity Technologies)

Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Motion Picture)

Nadia Hallgren – “Becoming” (A Higher Ground Productions and Big Mouth Productions Film for Netflix) (Winner) Loira Limbal – “Through the Night” (Third Shift Media, Inc.) Melissa Haizlip – “Mr. Soul!” (Shoes In The Bed Productions) Radha Blank – “The Forty-Year-Old Version” (Netflix) Remi Weekes – “His House” (Netflix)

Outstanding Documentary (Film)

“John Lewis: Good Trouble” (Magnolia Pictures/Participant) (Winner) “All In: The Fight For Democracy” (Amazon Studios) “Coded Bias” (7th Empire Media) “Soul!” (Shoes in the Bed Productions) “On the Record” (HBO Max)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)

“The Last Dance” (ESPN / Netflix) (Winner) “And She Could Be Next” (PBS) “Black Love” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) “Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade” (EPIX) “Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Comedy Series

“Insecure” (HBO) (Winner)#blackAF” (Netflix) “Black-ish” (ABC) “grown-ish” (Freeform) “The Last O.G.” (TBS)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish” (ABC) (Winner) Cedric The Entertainer – “The Neighborhood” (CBS) Don Cheadle – “Black Monday” (Showtime) Idris Elba – “In the Long Run” (Starz) Tracy Morgan – “The Last O.G.” (TBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Deon Cole – “Black-ish” (ABC) (Winner) Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) Jay Ellis – “Insecure” (HBO) Kenan Thompson – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) Laurence Fishburne – “Black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Marsai Martin – “Black-ish” (ABC) (Winner) Jenifer Lewis – “Black-ish” (ABC) Natasha Rothwell – “Insecure” (HBO) Tichina Arnold – “The Neighborhood” (CBS) Yvonne Orji – “Insecure” (HBO)

Outstanding Drama Series

“Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz) (Winner) “All Rise” (CBS) “Bridgerton” (Netflix) “Lovecraft Country” (HBO) “This Is Us” (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Clifford “Method Man” Smith – “Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz) (Winner) Delroy Lindo – “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access) Alphonse Nicholson – “P-Valley” (Starz) Jeffrey Wright – “Westworld” (HBO) Michael Kenneth Williams – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)




Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Mary J. Blige – “Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz) (Winner) Adjoa Andoh – “Bridgerton” (Netflix) Aunjanue Ellis – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO) Lynn Whitfield – “Greenleaf” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) Susan Kelechi Watson – “This Is Us” (NBC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special

“Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” (Netflix) (Winner) “Hamilton” (Disney Plus) “Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu) “Sylvie’s Love” (Amazon Studios) “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special

Blair Underwood – “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” (Netflix) (Winner) Chris Rock – “Fargo” (FX) Daveed Diggs – “Hamilton” (Disney Plus) Leslie Odom, Jr. – “Hamilton” (Disney Plus) Nnamdi Asomugha – “Sylvie’s Love” (Amazon Studios)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special

Octavia Spencer – “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” (Netflix) (Winner) Aunjanue Ellis – “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel” (Lifetime) Kerry Washington – “Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu) Michaela Coel – “I May Destroy You” (HBO) Tessa Thompson – “Sylvie’s Love” (Amazon Studios)

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

“The New York Times Presents The Killing of Breonna Taylor” (FX) (Winner) “AM Joy: Remembering John Lewis Special” (MSNBC) “Desus & Mero: The Obama Interview” (Showtime) “The Color of Covid” (CNN) “The Reidout” (NBC)

Outstanding Talk Series

“Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch) (Winner) “Tamron Hall” (Syndicated ) “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central) “The Oprah Conversation” (Apple TV Plus) “The Shop: Uninterrupted” (HBO)


Outstanding Reality Program, Reality-Competition or Game Show (Series)

“Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC) (Winner) “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) “Shark Tank” (ABC) “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” (CNN) “Voices of Fire” (Netflix)

Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special)

“VERZUZ” (APPLE TV Plus) (Winner) “8:46” (Netflix) “Black Is King” (Disney Plus) “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion” (HBO Max) “Yvonne Orji: Momma I Made It!” (HBO)

Outstanding Children’s Program

“Family Reunion” (Netflix) (Winner) “Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices” (Netflix) “Craig of the Creek” (Cartoon Network) “Raven’s Home” (Disney Channel) “We Are the Dream: The Kids