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The Great Debaters Wins Big at NAACP Image Awards

The Golden Globe-nominated drama The Great Debaters won big Thursday night at the 39th NAACP Image Awards. The NAACP, which uses the annual Image Awards to honor outstanding achievements and performances by people of color and individuals and groups who work to promote social justice, recognized the film with four awards, including Best Motion Picture, Best Actor for Denzel Washington, and Best Actress for Jurnee Smollett.

Talk To Me also nabbed a couple of awards, including one for director Kasi Lemmons. On the television side, Grey's Anatomy won for Best Drama, while Tyler Perry's House of Payne won three awards, including Best Comedy. Alicia Keys won four awards in the music categories, and American Idol alum Jordin Sparks took home the award for Best New Artist.

To see a complete list of winners from Thursday's awards, just



Motion Picture
The Great Debaters

Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington, The Great Debaters

Actress in a Motion Picture
Jurnee Smollett, The Great Debaters

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Whitaker, The Great Debaters

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?

Directing in a Motion Picture
Kasi Lemmons, Talk To Me

Writing in a Motion Picture
Michael Genet and Rick Famuyiwa, Talk To Me

Independent or Foreign Film

Darfur Now


Comedy Series
Tyler Perry's House of Payne

Actor in a Comedy Series
LaVan Davis, Tyler Perry's House of Payne

Actress in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Lance Gross, Tyler Perry's House of Payne

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Vanessa L. Williams, Ugly Betty

Directing in a Comedy Series
Ken Whittingham, The Office, "Phyllis's Wedding"

Writing in a Comedy Series
Ali LeRoi, Everybody Hates Chris, "Everybody Hates Guidance Counselor"

Drama Series
Grey's Anatomy

Actor in a Drama Series
Hill Harper, CSI: NY

Actress in a Drama Series
Regina Taylor, The Unit

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Omar Epps, House

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy

Directing in a Dramatic Series
Seith Mann, Friday Night Lights, "Are You Ready For Friday Night?"

Writing in a Dramatic Series:
Shonda Rhimes and Krista Vernoff, Grey's Anatomy, "A Change is Gonna Come"

TV Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special
Life Support

Actor in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special
Wendell Pierce, Life Support

Actress in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special
Queen Latifah, Life Support

Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Kristoff St. John, The Young And The Restless

Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Christel Khalil, The Young And The Restless

News/Information, Series or Special
In Conversation: The Senator Barack Obama Interview

Talk Series:
Tavis Smiley, "Crisis in Darfur"

Reality Series
Run's House 4

Variety Series or Special
Celebration of Gospel '07

Children's Program
That's So Raven

Performance in a Youth/Children's Program, Series or Special
Raven-Symone, That's So Raven


Alicia Keys, As I Am

"Like You'll Never See Me Again," Alicia Keys

Male Artist
Chris Brown

Female Artist
Alicia Keys.

Duo or Group
Eddie and Gerald Levert

New Artist
Jordin Sparks

Jazz Artist
Herbie Hancock

Gospel Artist
Kirk Franklin

World Music Album
Angelique Kidjo, Djin Djin

Music Video:
"Like You'll Never See Me Again," Alicia Keys


Blonde Faith, Walter Mosley

Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond, Don Cheadle, John Prendergast

Debut Author
The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir, Victoria Rowell

Obama: From Promise to Power, David Mendell

The Covenant in Action, Tavis Smiley

Acolytes: Poems, Nikki Giovanni

Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson, Sue Stauffacher, author; Greg Couch, illustrator

More Than Entertainers: An Inspirational Black Career Guide, Charles B. Schooler, author; Gary Young, illustrator


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pargie pargie 9 years
I can't believe I missed the Image Awards, I wish award show reruns were posted online.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Congrats to Friday Night Lights and The Young and the Restless and to Chandra Wilson who is just the best!
MLB MLB 9 years
Wow! That is the most amazing I've ever seen Vanessa Williams look, and she always looks phenomenal!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
:WOOHOO: Denzel is a GREAT actor!
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