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’12 Years a Slave,’ Kevin Hart winners at NAACP Image Awards

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“12  Years a Slave,” director Steve  McQueen‘s harrowing depiction of slavery in America, won top motion picture  honors at the 45th NAACP  Image Awards on Saturday evening at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Lupita  Nyong’o won in the supporting actress category for her role in “12 Years,”  and in a separate ceremony Friday evening, McQueen won the Image Award for  director and John Ridley for the film’s screenplay.

By beating “Lee  Daniels‘ the Butler” and “Fruitvale  Station,” among others, in the motion picture category, “12 Years a Slave”  heads into the Academy  Awards on March 2 with yet more honors. It also won the Golden Globe for  motion picture drama, the top BAFTA prize and tied with “Gravity” for the  Producers Guild of America Award. It is nominated for nine Oscars.

IMAGE AWARDS 2014: Complete list of  winners

One Image Awards category that “12 Years” didn’t win was for actor in a  motion picture. Forest  Whitaker took home the prize for his work in “Lee Daniels’ the Butler,” and  he also received the NAACP‘s  Chairman’s Award for his humanitarian work.

Whitaker’s “Butler” co-star David  Oyelowo picked up the prize for supporting actor, and Angela Bassett  won the actress prize for “Black Nativity.”

Comedian Kevin Hart was  named entertainer of the year Saturday evening; the night before, the Image  Awards named Hart outstanding actor in a comedy series for “Real Husbands of  Hollywood,” a BET series that also won for outstanding comedy series.

VIDEO:  Watch cast, crew discuss ’12 Years a Slave’

“Scandal” won the top prize for drama series, and its star, Kerry  Washington, won lead actress.

Among the other winners named in 41 categories that also covered music and  literature: “Being Mary Jane” for TV movie, miniseries or dramatic  special; Gabrielle  Union of “Being Mary Jane” for lead actress in a TV movie, miniseries or  dramatic special; and Idris Elba of  “Luther” for lead actor in a TV movie, miniseries or dramatic special.

The 45th Image Awards were voted by members of the NAACP, the oldest and  largest civil rights organization in the U.S. The awards show aired Saturday  night on TV One with Anthony  Anderson hosting and Oprah  Winfrey paying tribute to the late South African President Nelson  Mandela.


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