Hudson wins more at NAACP Image Awards; Obama, too

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By PETER PRENGAMAN

LOS ANGELES — Oscar winners Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson kept their winning streaks alive Friday, while ‘‘Grey’s Anatomy’’ star Isaiah Washington claimed a best actor prize at the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards. ‘‘Ugly Betty’’ took top television honors.

Hudson, a Chicago native and former ‘‘American Idol’’ finalist, garnered a best supporting actress award for her role in the musical ‘‘Dreamgirls,’’ the same category she won at the Academy Awards last Sunday.
‘‘There is nothing like being recognized and honored by your own,’’ said Hudson.


Whitaker, who won a best actor Oscar for ‘‘The Last King of Scotland,’’ earned the same prize at Friday’s ceremony, which honor projects and individuals who promote diversity in the arts.

‘‘Doing this role gave me so many blessings,’’ said Whitaker, who plays a Ugandan dictator in the film. ‘‘One was being able to go back to Africa and touch my roots.’’

Washington, who has been sharply criticized for uttering a gay slur on the set of his hit show, scored best actor for a drama series.

‘‘I’m humbled and honored to be recognized by the NAACP,’’ said Washington, who announced earlier this year he would seek help after receiving a torrent of negative publicity for his comments.

‘‘The first time I was up here I felt deserving of something,’’ he added. ‘‘This time I feel privileged.’’

‘‘The Pursuit of Happyness,’’ starring Will Smith and his son, won best picture honors. Keke Palmer nabbed best actress for ‘‘Akeelah and the Bee,’’ and Djimon Hounsou took best supporting actor for ‘‘Blood Diamond.’’

‘‘This film means a lot to me for the simple reason that I’m from Africa,’’ said Hounsou to loud applause.

Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama won a literary nonfiction Image Award for his book The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. Obama, a U.S. senator from Illinois, did not attend the ceremony.


Here's a list of winners of the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards:

TELEVISION CATEGORIES:
Comedy series: ‘‘Ugly Betty’’
Director of comedy series: ‘‘Kenneth Whittingham, ‘‘The Office.’’
Actor in a comedy series: Tyler James Williams, ‘‘Everybody Hates Chris.’’
Actress in a comedy series: Tracee Ellis Ross, ‘‘Girlfriends.’’
Supporting actor in a comedy series: Reggie Hayes, ‘‘Girlfriends’’
Supporting actress in a comedy series: Vanessa Williams, ‘‘Ugly Betty’’
Writing in comedy series: Silvio Horta, ‘‘Ugly Betty.’’
Drama Series: ‘‘Grey’s Anatomy’’
Director of drama series: Karen Gaviola, ‘‘The Whole Truth.’’
Actor in a drama series: Isaiah Washington. ‘‘Grey’s Anatomy’’
Actress in drama series: Kimberly Elise, ‘‘Close to Home.’’
Supporting actor in a drama series: Omar Epps, ‘‘House.’’
Supporting actress in a drama series: Chandra Wilson, ‘‘Grey’s Anatomy’’
Writing in drama series: Shonda Rhimes, ‘‘Grey’s Anatomy,’’ ‘‘It’s the End of the World.’’
TV movie, miniseries, or dramatic special: ‘‘When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.’’
Actor in a TV movie, miniseries or dramatic special: Kadeem Hardison, ‘‘Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story.’’
Actress in a TV movie, miniseries or dramatic special: Sophie Okonedo, ‘‘Tsunami, The Aftermath.’’
Actor in a daytime drama series: Kristoff St. John, ‘‘The Young and the Restless.’’
Actress in a daytime drama series: Tracy Ross, ‘‘Passions.’’
News, talk or information, series or special: Tavis Smiley, ‘‘Katrina—One Year Later.’’
Reality: ‘‘American Idol.’’
Variety series or special: ‘‘An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder.’’
Children’s Program: ‘‘That’s So Raven’’
Outstanding Performance, Children’s Program: Raven Symone. ‘‘That’s So Raven’’

MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES:
Motion picture: ‘‘The Pursuit of Happyness.’’
Actor in a motion picture: Forest Whitaker, ‘‘The Last King of Scotland.’’
Actress in a motion picture: Keke Palmer, ‘‘Akeelah and the Bee.’’
Supporting actor in a motion picture: Djimon Hounsou, ‘‘Blood Diamond.’’
Supporting actress in a motion picture: Jennifer Hudson, ‘‘Dreamgirls.’’
Independent or Foreign Film: ‘‘An Inconvenient Truth.’’
Director of motion picture, television movie: Spike Lee, ‘‘The Inside Man.’’
Writing for motion picture, television movie: Doug Atchison, ‘‘Akeelah and the Bee.’’

LITERATURE CATEGORIES:
Literary work, fiction: ‘‘Baby Brother’s Blues,’’ Pearl Cleage.
Literary work, nonfiction: ‘‘The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream,’’ Barack Obama.
Debut author: ‘‘Letters to a Young Brother,’’ Hill Harper.
Biography, autobiography: ‘‘The Pursuit of Happyness,’’ Christ Gardner.
Instructional: ‘‘Mama Made The Difference,’’ T.D. Jakes.
Poetry: ‘‘Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer,’’ Maya Angelou.
Children: ‘‘Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom,’’ Carole Boston Weatherford.
Youth/teens: ‘‘Letters to a Young Brother,’’ Hill Harper.

MUSIC CATEGORIES:
New artist: Corinne Bailey Rae.
Male artist: Prince
Female artist: Mary J. Blige.
Duo or group: The Roots.
Jazz artist: Glady Knight.
Gospel artist, traditional or contemporary: Kirk Franklin.
Music video: Mary J. Blige, ‘‘Be Without You.’’
Song: ‘‘I Am Not My Hair,’’ India.Arie.
Album: ‘‘Dreamgirls’’ (Soundtrack)

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