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Ghana represents at 55th NAACP Awards

The Color Purple musical, directed by Blitz Bazawule, swept the board at the 55th National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards on 16 March, picking up 11 accolades, AKADi Magazine writes.

© NAACP Image Awards 2024
© NAACP Image Awards 2024

Awards for the film were in categories including outstanding supporting actor, actress, motion picture, outstanding soundtrack/compilation album, make up.


Blitz and Abena at the 2023 Africa Writes literary festival  © AKADi Magazine
Blitz and Abena at the 2023 Africa Writes literary festival © AKADi Magazine

Blitz picked up an award in the ‘Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Motion Picture)’ category.





Other Ghanaians who went home with awards included: India Amarteifo who was named ‘Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series’ for her role in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story also won in the ‘Outstanding Drama Series’.



And author Krystle Zara Appiah won in the ‘Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author’ category for her book Rootless.


Abena and Krystle at the 2023 Africa Writes literary festival  © AKADi Magazine
Abena and Krystle at the 2023 Africa Writes literary festival © AKADi Magazine

Nominees

Adjoa Andoh, who was nominated for her role in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story in the ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series’ category, missed out to Gail Bean of the Series Snowfall.


Idris Elba was nominated in the Outstanding Actor In A Drama Series category for his role in the Apple TV+ thriller series Hijack but lost out to Damson Idris of Snowfall.


Vic Mensa, who was nominated for his song Blue Eyes in the 'Outstanding Hip-Hop/Rap Song' category missed out to Megan Thee Stallion.


And the makers of the film Rye Lane, which features actor Benjamin Sarpong-Broni who plays Eric, lost out to Brother which won in the 'Outstanding International Motion Picture' category.


Benjamin (pictured below, left) has previously played Ghanaian broadcaster Mike Eghan in the play 'Drum'. Listen to our interview with him, and other members of the production.


List of all 55th NAACP Image Award Winners

Entertainer of the Year - Usher

Outstanding Motion Picture - The Color Purple 

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture - Colman Domingo – Rustin

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture - Fantasia Barrino – The Color Purple

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - Colman Domingo – The Color Purple

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Taraji P. Henson – The Color Purple

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture - Brother

Outstanding International Motion Picture - Brother

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture - Phylicia Pearl Mpasi – The Color Purple

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture - The Color Purple

Outstanding Animated Motion Picture - Spider–Man: Across the Spider–Verse

Outstanding Character Voice–Over Performance (Motion Picture) - Issa Rae – Spider–Man: Across the Spider–Verse

Outstanding Short–Form (Live Action) - The After

Outstanding Short–Form (Animated) - Lil' Ruby

Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Motion Picture) - Blitz Bazawule – The Color Purple

Outstanding Youth Performance in a Motion Picture - Mila Davis–Kent – Creed III

Outstanding Cinematography in a Feature Film - Eric K. Yue – A Thousand and One


TELEVISION + STREAMING CATEGORIES 

Outstanding Comedy Series - Abbott Elementary

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series - Mike Epps – The Upshaws

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series - Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - William Stanford Davis – Abbott Elementary

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Ayo Edebiri – The Bear

Outstanding Drama Series - Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series - Damson Idris – Snowfall 

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series - India Ria Amarteifio – Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Adrian Holmes – Bel–Air

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Gail Bean – Snowfall

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special - Swarm

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special - Keith Powers – The Perfect Find

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special - Chlöe Bailey – Praise This

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special - Don Cheadle – Secret Invasion

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

Phylicia Rashad – Heaven Down Here

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special) - 20/20 – Kerry Washington: Thicker Than Water – A Conversation with Robin Roberts

Outstanding Talk Series - The Jennifer Hudson Show

Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show (Series) - Wild 'N Out

Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special) - A Black Lady Sketch Show 

Outstanding Children’s Program -Gracie's Corner

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited–Series) - Leah Sava Jeffries – Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble - Sherri Shepherd – Sherri

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble - DC Young Fly – Celebrity Squares

Outstanding Guest Performance - Michael B. Jordan – Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Animated Series - The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder

Outstanding Character Voice–Over Performance (Television) - Kyla Pratt – The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder

Outstanding Performance in a Short-Form Series - Leslie Jones – After the Cut–The Daily Show

Outstanding Short-Form Series – Comedy or Drama - Doggyland

Outstanding Short-Form Series – Reality/Nonfiction - I Was A Soul Train Dancer

Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Television) - Michelle Buteau – Survival of the Thickest


RECORDING CATEGORIES 

Outstanding New Artist - Victoria Monét 

Outstanding Male Artist - Usher

Outstanding Female Artist - H.E.R.

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album - Father's Day – Kirk Franklin

Outstanding International Song - "Me & U" – Tems 

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album - "Sensational" – Chris Brown feat. Davido & Lojay

Outstanding Album - Jaguar II – Victoria Monét

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album - The Color Purple–Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song - "All Yours" – Kierra Sheard feat. Anthony Brown

Outstanding Jazz Album - Brand New Life – Brandee Younger

Outstanding Soul/R&B Song - "ICU Remix" – Coco Jones feat. Justin Timberlake

Outstanding Hip-Hop/Rap Song - "Cobra" – Megan Thee Stallion

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional) - Ciara feat. Chris Brown – "How We Roll"

Outstanding Original Score for TV/Film - Transformers: Rise of the Beasts – Jongnic Bontemps 


DOCUMENTARY CATEGORIES 

Outstanding Documentary (Film) - Invisible Beauty

Outstanding Documentary (Television) - High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America

Outstanding Short-Form Documentary - Black Girls Play: The Story of Hand Games


WRITING CATEGORIES

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series - Norman Vance, Jr. – Saturdays 

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series - Carla Banks–Waddles – Bel–Air

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special - Dwayne Johnson–Cochran – Heist 88

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture - Cord Jefferson – American Fiction 


DIRECTING CATEGORIES 

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Neema Barnette – Grand Crew

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series - Dawn Wilkinson – Power Book II: Ghost

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special - Chris Robinson – Shooting Stars

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture - Ava DuVernay – Origin

Outstanding Directing in a Documentary (Television or Motion Picture) - Allen Hughes – Dear Mama 


LITERARY CATEGORIES 

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction - Family Lore – Elizabeth Acevedo

Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction - The New Brownies' Book: A Love Letter to Black Families – Karida L. Brown, Charly Palmer 

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author - Rootless – Krystle Zara Appiah

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography - Our Secret Society: Mollie Moon and the Glamour, Money, and Power Behind the Civil Rights Movement – Dr. Tanisha C. Ford

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional - Historically Black Phrases: From "I Ain't One of Your Lil' Friends" to "Who All Gon" Be There?" – Jarett Hill, Tre'vell Anderson 

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry - suddenly we – Evie Shockley

Outstanding Literary Work – Children - CROWNED: Magical Folk and Fairy Tales from the Diaspora – Kahran Bethencourt

 Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens - Everyone's Thinking It – Aleema Omotoni

Outstanding Graphic Novel - The Talk – Darrin Bell


PODCAST CATEGORIES

Outstanding News and Information Podcast - Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams

Outstanding Lifestyle/Self-Help Podcast - Black Money Tree

Outstanding Society and Culture Podcast - The 85 South Show with Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly and Chico Bean

Outstanding Arts and Entertainment Podcast -Here’s The Thing

Outstanding Scripted Series Podcast - Yes We Cannabis 

Outstanding Podcast – Limited Series/Short-Form - Wakanda Forever: The Official Black Panther Podcast 


COSTUME DESIGN, MAKE–UP & HAIRSTYLING CATEGORIES 

Outstanding Costume Design (Television or Film) - Francine Jamison–Tanchuck –The Color Purple

Outstanding Make-up (Television or Film) - Carol Rasheed, Saisha Beecham, Ngozi Olandu Young, Manny Davila, Milene Melendez –The Color Purple

Outstanding Hairstyling (Television or Film) - Lawrence Davis, Tym Wallace, Andrea Mona Bowen, Angela Renae Dyson, Jorge Benitez Villalobos – The Color Purple

Outstanding Stunt Ensemble (TV or Film) - Creed III


OUTSTANDING SOCIAL MEDIA PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - Angel Laketa Moore


The NAACP is a civil rights organisation in the United States, formed in 1909 to advance justice for African Americans.


Its mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.


The NAACP Image Awards bestows accolades on African Americans and Africans/ Black people for achievements across the arts.



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