Hosted by black-ish star Anthony Anderson for the ninth time, and with recurring appearances by his mother, the 53rd NAACP Picture Awards aired on Saturday (Feb. 26) at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The ceremony, with many nominees and presenters attending just about, was full with a efficiency by Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige.
The NAACP Picture Awards had been jam-packed with fan-favorite presenters together with Kerry Washington, LL Cool J, Issa Rae, Michael Strahan, Morgan Freeman, Paula Patton, Questlove, Simu Liu, Tiffany Haddish and Zendaya. Award-winner Rae quipped that she ought to host the present subsequent yr.
Non-televised winners had been introduced earlier this week, together with Daniel Kaluuya and Regina King, who respectively received for excellent supporting actor and actress in a movement image. King additionally appeared in a number of industrial advertisements all through the night. Trendy western movie The Tougher They Fall starring Idris Elba, King and extra received for excellent movement image, on high of 4 pre-telecast awards.
With particular honors offered to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Samuel L. Jackson and Nikole Hannah-Jones, right here’s a have a look at a number of the greatest moments on the 2022 present.
1. Questlove presents excellent actress in drama collection to Angela Bassett
The Roots’ frontman Questlove offered excellent actress in a drama collection from inside Harlem, New York’s Nationwide Jazz Museum. Bassett was named the winner for her work in 9-1-1, with fellow nominees together with Queen Latifah and Octavia Spencer.
Bassett started, “First off, thanks NAACP to your assist tonight and my whole profession.” The performing veteran, who boasts a decades-long profession, went on to acknowledge her fellow nominees.
2. Samuel L. Jackson receives the NAACP Chairman’s Award
Famend actor Jackson was honored with the NAACP Chairman’s Award, which spotlights a person who has accomplished impactful acts of public service whereas leveraging their platform to encourage change.
Whereas receiving the consideration, Jackson — who started his activism throughout his time attending Morehouse Faculty — delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech.
“Thanks NAACP for bestowing this prestigious honor on me,” he started.
Quoting youngsters’s rights activist Marian Wright Edelman, he stated, “Service is the lease we pay for being. It’s the very objective of life and never one thing you do in your spare time.”
Jackson later added, “Proper now, we nonetheless have issues we have to do. An important factor being the Voting Rights Act. I do know we are able to’t change that, however we are able to put our legs, our our bodies and voices to work to be sure that individuals do get out and vote it doesn’t matter what they do to maintain us from doing that.”
He went on to encourage others to combat for causes. By way of the years, Jackson has supported numerous causes together with civil rights, and the combat towards most cancers, Alzheimer’s, dementia and extra.
3. Host Anthony Anderson wins excellent actor in a comedy collection
“I’d prefer to thank my mama for sleeping with my daddy and making me,” Anderson joked. His mother adoringly held his trophy near her coronary heart.
When mama Anderson stated, “Lastly, they obtained it proper.” Anderson corrected her and stated he’s been a frequent winner at this present.
4. Kerry Washington presents writer Nikole Hannah-Jones the Social Justice Impression Award
For “utilizing the brilliance of her thoughts and energy of her pen,” Washington offered Hannah-Jones the Social Justice Impression Award. She went on to explain Hannah-Jones as a “guardian of Blackness.”
Whereas accepting the award, Hannah-Jones stated, “I’m so extremely honored. I grew up watching these awards, impressed and awed by the dazzling Black individuals.”
She went on to thank her dad and mom and later addressed lawmakers who’re pushing legal guidelines that goal to exclude or censor Black historical past.
“It’s not sufficient to hope to get higher… it’s time for us to face up and combat,” she stated. Hannah-Jones printed her e-book, The 1619 Undertaking: A New Origin Story, in November.
5. Mary J. Blige delivers an epic efficiency in a surprising costume
Blige’s extremely anticipated efficiency comes simply two weeks after she headlined the 2022 Tremendous Bowl halftime present alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and shock visitor 50 Cent. Her efficiency additionally comes somewhat greater than two weeks after the discharge of her 14th studio album, Good Morning Attractive.
Adorned in a phenomenal purple robe, the veteran hitmaker opened her set with a efficiency of the title observe from her new album. She then delivered a revamped model of her 1992 hit, “Love No Restrict.” Blige was surrounded by a dwell band and background singers.
6. Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle obtain the President’s Award for his or her worldwide acts of public service
The couple appeared visibly proud to obtain the popularity. NAACP president Derrick Johnson offered the award, saying, “By way of the work of their basis and their unwavering dedication to the causes we consider in and share, this yr’s recipients have demonstrated they’re so deserving of this honor.”
“We’re so deeply humbled to be right here within the firm of so many illustrious awardees,” Markle stated.
Prince Harry started his speech by acknowledging the individuals of Ukraine, as they endure an assault by Russia. “We share a dedication to a lifetime of service,” the doting husband went on about his spouse.
The pair co-founded the NAACP and Archewell Basis which launched a brand new NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award this yr. Dr. Safiya Noble is the inaugural recipient.
7. Jennifer Hudson wins excellent actress in a movement image for Respect
Due to her unimaginable work starring because the late Aretha Franklin, Hudson took excellent actress in a movement image. She was thrilled to simply accept the award, saying, “That is for Ms. Franklin’s legacy. To her household, I wanna dedicate it to every certainly one of them and to everybody who has supported me. I didn’t see this coming by any means however Lord is aware of I’m grateful.”
8. Morgan Freeman presents entertainer of the yr award in his native Mississippi
Moments earlier than Freeman appeared in a pre-taped clip, Anderson joked that he hopes the star, who he known as “the voice of God,” will play him in a biopic.
Nominees for entertainer of the yr had been Hudson, King, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion and Tiffany Haddish.
Hudson took residence the prize, thanking Freeman for presenting her win. Preventing again tears, Hudson stated she has watched “so many legends and icons” who’ve impressed her at previous NAACP Picture Awards, singling out Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Halle Berry as a few of her inspirations. Hudson remained on stage with Anderson and his mother as they closed out the present.