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Lizzo, 'Just Mercy' win top honors at NAACP Image Awards

2/28/2020, 6 a.m.
Lizzo was named entertainer of the year and “Just Mercy” won best motion picture, best actor and best supporting actor ...
Above, Lizzo accepts her top honor for entertainer of the year at the 51st Annual NAACP Image Awards last Saturday in Pasadena, Calif. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. - Lizzo was named entertainer of the year and “Just Mercy” won best motion picture, best actor and best supporting actor Saturday at the NAACP Image Awards, as the show that recognizes entertainers of color ladled honors on the film that was snubbed by bigger shows throughout awards season.

“We are such a beautiful people, this is just a reminder of all the beautiful things that we can do,“ said Lizzo as she accepted the night’s last and biggest award, leaping and dancing off the stage at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium as the show ended.

Host Anthony Anderson of “black-ish” opened the show, telecast on BET for the first time, with a monologue that took a shot at the lack of diversity at the Oscars and Hollywood’s other ceremonies that handed out awards earlier in the year.

“Unlike other awards shows, we actually have black nominees,“ Mr. Anderson said. He may well have been talking about “Just Mercy,” the acclaimed film that was snubbed by the Oscars, Golden Globes and other ceremonies in the long awards season.

Michael B. Jordan accepts the award for best actor in a motion picture for his role as crusading Harvard-educated attorney Bryan Stevenson in the movie “Just Mercy.” The film’s co-star, Jamie Foxx, won an Image Award for best supporting actor.

Michael B. Jordan accepts the award for best actor in a motion picture for his role as crusading Harvard-educated attorney Bryan Stevenson in the movie “Just Mercy.” The film’s co-star, Jamie Foxx, won an Image Award for best supporting actor.

Michael B. Jordan won best actor in a motion picture for his role as a crusading defense attorney in the film, and e actually have black nominees,“ Mr. Anderson said. He may well have been talking about “Just Mercy,” the acclaimed film that was snubbed by the Oscars, Golden Globes and other ceremonies in the long awards season.

Michael B. Jordan won best actor in a motion picture for his role as a crusading defense attorney in the film, and Jamie e actually have black nominees,“ Mr. Anderson said. He may well have been talking about “Just Mercy,” the acclaimed film that was snubbed by the Oscars, Golden Globes and other ceremonies in the long awards season.

Michael B. Jordan won best actor in a motion picture for his role as a crusading defense attorney in the film, and Jamie Foxx won best supporting actor for the wrongly convicted man he fought for.

“This project is a lot bigger than me. It’s about every person that’s wrongfully convicted and sitting in a jail cell right now,“ Mr. Jordan said as he accepted the award.

Mr. Foxx won his fifth career image award for his role in “Just Mercy,“ saying, “Thank you so much, black people, African-Americans, and everything else we are.”

He added, “Its always great to get it from black folks because we are so talented.“

Lupita Nyong’o won best actress in a film for her role in “Us,” and 15-year Marsai Martin won best supporting actress for her role in “Little” over superstar names including Jennifer Lopez, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer.

Miss Martin’s award went with three more she won Friday for her roles in “Little” and “black-ish” during the non-televised first night of the Image Awards.

“Thank you to all the beautiful black girls out there who inspire me every day,“ Miss Martin said as she accepted the supporting actress award.

Miss Martin’s “black-ish” cast mate Tracee Ellis Ross won best actress in a TV comedy series, her ninth career Image Award.