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2020 NAACP Image Awards: Complete List Of Nominees/Winners



The 51st NAACP Image Awards, created to celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the entertainment industry, airs on BET Networks Saturday, Feb. 22. It was hosted by actor Anthony Anderson.

Special Awards will be presented to Congressman John Lewis (Chairman’s Award), Rihanna Fenty (President’s Award) and Gen. Charles E. McGee (Key Of Life Award).

Below is a list of the nominees, with winners in bold:

Entertainer Of The Year

Angela Basset
Billy Porter
Regina King
Tyler Perry

Motion Picture

Outstanding Motion Picture

Dolemite is My Name
Just Mercy
Queen & Slim

Outstanding Actor In A Motion Picture

Chadwick Boseman, 21 Bridges
Daniel Kaluuya, Queen & Slim
Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name
Michael B. Jordan, Just Mercy
Winston Duke, Us

Outstanding Actress In A Motion Picture

Alfre Woodard, Clemency
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Jodie Turner-Smith, Queen & Slim
Lupita Nyong’o, Us
Naomie Harris, Black and Blue

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture

Jamie Foxx, Just Mercy
Leslie Odom, Jr., Harriet
Sterling K. Brown, Waves
Tituss Burgess, Dolemite Is My Name
Wesley Snipes, Dolemite Is My Name

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dolemite is My Name
Janelle Monáe, Harriet
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Marsai Martin, Little
Octavia Spencer, Luce

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance In A Motion Picture

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Jodie Turner-Smith, Queen & Slim
Marsai Martin, Little
Rob Morgan, Just Mercy
Shahadi Wright Joseph, Us

Outstanding Ensemble Cast In A Motion Picture

Dolemite is My Name
Just Mercy
Queen & Slim

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

Dolemite is My Name
Queen & Slim
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television Or Film)

Alfre Woodard, The Lion King
Donald Glover, The Lion King
James Earl Jones, The Lion King
Lupita Nyong’o, Serengeti
Sterling K. Brown, Frozen II


Outstanding Comedy Series

Dear White People
The Neighborhood

Outstanding Actor In A Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish 
Cedric The Entertainer, The Neighborhood
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Dwayne Johnson, Ballers
Tracy Morgan, The Last O.G.

Outstanding Actress In A Comedy Series

Logan Browning, Dear White People
Jill Scott, First Wives Club
Tiffany Haddish, The Last O.G.
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Yara Shahidi, Grown-ish

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Deon Cole, Black-ish 
Laurence Fishburne, Black-ish
Terry Crews, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Halle Bailey, Grown-ish
Loretta Devine, Family Reunion
Marsai Martin, Black-ish 
Regina Hall, Black Monday
Tichina Arnold, The Neighborhood

Outstanding Drama Series

Godfather of Harlem
Queen Sugar
The Chi

Outstanding Actor In A Drama Series

Billy Porter, Pose
Forest Whitaker, Godfather of Harlem
Kofi Siriboe, Queen Sugar
Omari Hardwick, Power 
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series

Angela Bassett, 9-1-1
Regina King, Watchmen
Rutina Wesley, Queen Sugar
Simone Missick, All Rise
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Delroy Lindo, The Good Fight
Giancarlo Esposito, Godfather of Harlem
Harold Perrineau, Claws 
Nigél Thatch, Godfather of Harlem
Wendell Pierce, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

CCH Pounder, NCIS: New Orleans
Lynn Whitfield, Greenleaf
Lyric Ross, This Is Us
Susan Kelechi Watson, This Is Us
Tina Lifford, Queen Sugar

Outstanding Guest Performance In A Comedy Or Drama Series

Blair Underwood, Dear White People
David Alan Grier, Queen Sugar
Kelly Rowland, American Soul
Sanaa Lathan, The Affair

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series Or Dramatic Special

American Son
Being Mary Jane
Native Son
True Detective
When They See Us

Outstanding Actor In A Television Movie, Limited-Series Or Dramatic Special

Caleel Harris, When They See Us
Ethan Henru Herisse, When They See Us
Idris Elba, Luther
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us 
Mahershala Ali, True Detective

Outstanding Actress In A Television Movie, Limited-Series Or Dramatic Special

Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us
Gabrielle Union, Being Mary Jane
Kerry Washington, American Son
Niecy Nash, When They See Us
Octavia Spencer, Truth Be Told

Outstanding News/Information (Series Or Special)

PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
Surviving R. Kelly
The Breakfast Club
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman

Outstanding Talk Series

Red Table Talk
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Real
The Shop: Uninterrupted
The Tamron Hall Show

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series/Game Show

Iyanla: Fix My Life
Lip Sync Battle
Rhythm + Flow 
Sunday Best
The Voice

Outstanding Variety (Series Or Special)

2019 Black Girls Rock!
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
Saturday Night Live
Wanda Sykes: Not Normal

Outstanding Children’s Program

Doc McStuffins
Family Reunion 
Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History
Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest
Motown Magic

Outstanding Performance By A Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie Or Limited-Series)

Caleel Harris, When They See Us
Lonnie Chavis, This Is Us
Lyric Ross, This Is Us
Marsai Martin, Black-ish
Miles Brown, Black-ish

Outstanding Host In A Talk Or News/Information (Series Or Special) – Individual Or Ensemble

Angela Rye, Young Gifted and Broke: A BET Town Hall
Jada Pinkett Smith, Red Table Talk 
Lester Holt, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
Trevor Noah, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain, Abby Huntsman, Ana Navarro, The View

Outstanding Host In A Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show Or Variety (Series Or Special) – Individual Or Ensemble

Iyanla Vanzant, Iyanla: Fix My Life
LL Cool J, Lip Sync Battle
Regina Hall, 2019 BET Awards
Steve Harvey, Celebrity Family Feud 
Wayne Brady, Let’s Make A Deal


Outstanding Documentary (Film)

Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool
The Black Godfather
The Apollo
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality

Outstanding Documentary (Television – Series Or Special)

Free Meek
Hitsville: The Making of Motown 
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
Martin: The Legacy of A King
ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke


Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture (Film)

Chinonye Chukwu, Clemency
Destin Daniel Cretton & Andrew Lanham, Just Mercy
Doug Atchison, Brian Banks
Jordan Peele, Us
Kasi Lemmons & Gregory Allen Howard, Harriet

Outstanding Writing In A Comedy Series

Cord Jefferson, The Good Place (“Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy”)
Gloria Calderon Kellett & Mike Royce, One Day at a Time (“Ghosts”)
Jason Kim, Barry (“Past=Present x Future Over Yesterday”)
Karen Gist & Peter Saji, Mixed-ish (“Let Your Hair Down”)
Trevor Noah, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (“Trevor Noah: Racism Detective”)

Outstanding Writing In A Drama Series

Ava DuVernay & Michael Starrbury, When They See Us (“Part Four”)
Damon Lindelof & Cord Jefferson, Watchmen (“The Extraordinary Being”)
Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Truth Be Told (“Monster”) 
Nkechi Okoro Carroll, All American (“Hussle & Motivate”)
Pat Charles, Black Lightning (“The Book of Secrets: Chapter One: Prodigal Son”)

Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture (Television)

Cas Sigers-Beedles, Twas the Chaos Before Christmas
Melissa Bustamante, A Christmas Winter Song
Patrik-Ian Polk, Being Mary Jane
Suzan-Lori Parks, Native Son
Yvette Nicole Brown, Always a Bridesmaid


Outstanding Directing In A Motion Picture (Film)

Chiwetel Ejiofor, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Jordan Peele, Us
Kasi Lemmons, Harriet
Mati Diop, Atlantics
Reginald Hudlin, The Black Godfather

Outstanding Directing In A Comedy Series

Anya Adams, GLOW (“Outward Bound”) 
Justin Tipping, Black Monday (“7042”)
Ken Whittingham, Atypical (“Road Rage Paige”)
Randall Winston, Grace and Frankie (“The Pharmacy”)
Shaka King, Shrill (“Pool”)

Outstanding Directing In A Drama Series

Ava DuVernay, When They See Us (“Part Four”)
Carl H. Seaton, Jr., Snowfall (“Hedgehogs”)
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Power (“Forgot About Dre”) 
Debbie Allen, Grey’s Anatomy (“Silent All These Years”)
Jet Wilkinson, The Chi (“The Scorpion and the Frog”)

Outstanding Directing In A Motion Picture (Television)

Codie Elaine Oliver, Black Love
Janice Cooke, I Am Sombody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story
Kenny Leon, American Son
Rashid Johnson, Native Son
Russ Parr, The Bobby Debarge Story


Outstanding Album

Cuz I Love You, Lizzo
Homecoming: The Live Album, Beyoncé
I Used To Know H.E.R., H.E.R.
Sketchbook, Fantasia
Worthy, India.Arie

Outstanding New Artist

Ari Lennox
Lil Nas X 
Lucky Daye
Mykal Kilgore

Outstanding Male Artist

Bruno Mars
Lil Nas X
PJ Morton

Outstanding Female Artist


Outstanding Song – Traditional

“Enough” – Fantasia
“Jerome” – Lizzo
“SPIRIT” – Beyoncé 
“Stand Up” – Cynthia Erivo
“Steady Love” – India.Arie

Outstanding Song – Contemporary

“Before I Let Go” – Beyoncé 
“Hard Place” – H.E.R.
“Juice” – Lizzo
“Talk” – Khalid
“Motivation” – Normani

Outstanding Duo, Group Or Collaboration

“Brown Skin Girl” – Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, Beyoncé & WizKiD
“No Guidance” – Chris Brown feat. Drake
“Say So” – PJ Morton feat. JoJo
“Shea Butter Baby” – Ari Lennox feat. J. Cole
“Show Me Love” – Alicia Keys feat. Miguel

Outstanding Jazz Album


“Carib” – David Sanchez
“Center of The Heart” – Najee
“Love & Liberation” – Jazzmeia Horn
“SoulMate” – Nathan Mitchell
“The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron” – Vanessa Rubin

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song (Traditional Or Contemporary)

“I Made It Out” – John P. Kee feat. Zacardi Cortez
“Laughter” – Bebe Winans feat. Korean Soul
“Love Theory” – Kirk Franklin 
“Not Yet” – Donnie McClurkin
“Victory” – The Clark Sisters

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

“Hard Place” – H.E.R.
“Juice” – Lizzo 
“No Guidance” – Chris Brown feat. Drake
“Steady Love” – India.Arie
“Talk” – Khalid

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album

Harriet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Queen & Slim The Soundtrack
The Lion King: The Gift 
The Lion King Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Us (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

New Daughters of Africa – Margaret Busby
Out of Darkness, Shining Light – Petina Gappah
Red at the Bone – Jacqueline Woodson
The Revisioners – Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
The Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons – Dr. Imani Perry
STONY THE ROAD: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow – Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations – Toni Morrison 
The Yellow House – Sarah M. Broom
What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays – Damon Young

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

American Spy – Lauren Wilkinson
I Am Dance: Words and Images of the Black Dancer – Hal Banfield (Author), Javier Vasquez (Illustrator)
More Than Pretty: Doing The Soul Work To Uncover Your True Beauty – Erica Campbell
Such A Fun Age – Kiley Reid
The Farm – Joanne Ramos

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography

Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System – Cyntoia Brown-Long
Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward – Valerie Jarrett
More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) – Elaine Welteroth 
My Name Is Prince – Randee St. Nicholas
The Beautiful Ones – Prince (Author), Dan Piepenbring (Edited by)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

Inspire Your Home: Easy, Affordable Ideas to Make Every Room Glamorous – Farah Merhi
Letters to the Finishers (who struggle to finish) – Candace E. Wilkins
More Than Pretty: Doing the Soul Work that Uncovers Your True Beauty – Erica Campbell
Vegetables Unleashed – José Andres
Your Next Level Life: 7 Rules of Power, Confidence, And Opportunity For Black Women In America – Karen Arrington (Author), Joanna Price (Illustrator), Sheryl Taylor (Forward)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland – DaMaris B. Hill
Felon: Poems – Reginald Dwayne Betts 
Honeyfish – Lauren K. Alleyne
Mistress – Chet’la Sebree
The Tradition – Jericho Brown

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation – Barry Wittenstein (Author), Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
Hair Love – Matthew A. Cherry (Author), Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment – Parker Curry (Author), Jessica Curry (Author), Brittany Jackson (Illustrator)
Ruby Finds a Worry – Tom Percival
Sulwe – Lupita Nyong’o (Author), Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

Around Harvard Square – C.J. Farley
Her Own Two Feet: A Rwandan Girl’s Brave Fight to Walk – Meredith Davis (Author), Rebeka Uwitonze (Author)
Hot Comb – Ebony Flowers (Author), Ebony Flowers (Illustrator)
I’m Not Dying with You Tonight – Gilly Segal (Author), Kimberly Jones (Author)
The Forgotten Girl – India Hill Brown

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