So…I’m not going to lie…after my classes today, I fell asleep, and I didn’t wake up until 9. So…I missed half of the NAACP Image Awards on FOX. And then I kind of tuned in and out of it since then. So…this won’t really be a recap of the actual ceremony. I guess I’m just going to weigh in on the winners and share my opinions on them. Since it seems like no other entertainment source I read cares…it’s up to me!
For a full list of nominees/winners, click here.
- After Sofia Vergara was snubbed a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and a SAG Award…she finally got some recognition from the African American community, winning Best Supporting Actress in Comedy Series for her role in Modern Family. She ended Keshia Knight Pulliam’s like billion year reign on the category. Go Sofia!
- Also on the Actress side, Regina King got a win for Best Actress in a Drama Series for Southland. Phew! I seriously thought Jada Pinkett Smith would win! Now…I’ve never actually seen Southland, but I’m a huge fan of Regina King, and I’ve heard nothing but good things for King on the show. So, I’m kinda ecstatic.
- John Legend and The Roots won for Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration, beating more popular choices like Diddy-Dirty Money, Eminem & Rihanna and The Black Eyed Peas. Good for the voters for thinking outside the box. I suggest you all listen to “Wake Up Everybody” and “Shine”. Actually…just buy their whole album. It’s amazing. BTW, their album “Wake Up!” also won for Outstanding Album. Yay!
- Considering the other nominees, Samuel L. Jackson was clearly going to win for Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. But I’m still so so happy he won. He does a great job in Mother and Child…a very underrated film. Hell! I wouldn’t have minded if Jackson had been nominated for an Oscar. A very subtle and quiet…yet powerful…performance.
- I’m also very happy that Kimberly Elise won an award for her role in For Colored Girls. If Tyler Perry had done a better job with the film, I think Elise could have been a major player in the “mainstream award circuit”. But…at least she has something to show for her hard work in the film. I think Elise is one of the most underrated actresses in Hollywood today.
- The Comedy Series category had amazing shows like 30 Rock, Modern Family, and Glee…and who do the voters give the award to? House of Payne. As an African American, I love these awards, but sometimes I feel like the voters go too gaga for Tyler Perry. This is the 4th year in a row that this show has won. I have a feeling it’s going to keep winning until the show ends. Joy(!)
- Terrence Howard winning Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Law and Order: Los Angeles was a strange choice, considering stronger nominees James Pickens Jr. (Grey’s Anatomy), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Emmy nominee Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age).
- Many wonderful new artists were nominated for Outstanding New Artist. BoB, Nicki Minaj and, most importantly, Bruno Mars seemed like the clear front runners. Instead Willow (of the Smith family) somehow won for her ONE song that I will not repeat for you here today, or else I’ll get the friggin’ song stuck in my head. C’mon, voters! Really?! Ugh…where’s Esperanza Spalding when you need her?
- More outrage (from me) for the music categories. The voters did such a good job giving awards to the group John Legend and The Roots. Why would they give Usher the award for Outstanding Male Artist, when there were stronger more relevant performers in the category, like Cee Lo Green, Jay-Z, and Kanye West.
- Frankie & Alice has gotten such bad reviews. And, frankly, Halle Berry was the best thing about the movie. That’s why her winning Lead Actress is justified. But…was the movie as a whole really better than Conviction, Mother and Child, and Night Catches Us? I think not.
- Craig Robinson (The Office) and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) losing Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series to Ice Cube (Are We There Yet?). OK…I’m biased. I haven’t actually watched an episode of Are We There Yet?, but it looks pretty good. But it just sucks that Robinson and Morgan never win any awards…
- Look…I’m fine with S. Epatha Merkerson winning Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. I always thought she deserved an Emmy nomination. However…it would have been so much cooler if they had given the award to Sandra Oh, Sara Ramirez, or even Alfre Woodard (Memphis Beat). I dunno…awarding Merkerson seemed a little too obvious. But…considering that NBC weirdly and unceremoniously cancelled her show…I guess this is the last time the show will ever really be awarded. So…I can’t complain that much…
- Fantasia won for Outstanding Song for the great song “Bittersweet”. She’s been through a lot. I accept this win. However…Sade’s “Solder of Love” and Cee-Lo’s “Forget You” were better choices IMO.
- I didn’t hate For Colored Girls as much everyone else did. I think the performances were grade A, but Tyler Perry’s direction and adaption was extremely awkward and inconsistent. I’m glad Tyler Perry gave the play/poems public attention…but I wish he had hired Lee Daniels and a stronger screenwriter. Oh well! But…I’m not surprised it won for Outstanding Motion Picture. And I’m fine with it. And, maybe it would have been a little weird if The Kids are All Right had won. (Sad fact: during the ceremony, not many people cheered for the movie when it was called out.) But, I think it was very brave and interesting that the movie was given a nomination to begin with. And, technically, it was the best movie of the bunch. So, yes, I was rooting for TKAAR, but I’m OK with FCG winning…just for the amazing underrated performances in the film.
And, adding to the disappointment list, I do think The Good Wife, Friday Night Lights, Community, Hailee Steinfeld, and Jazmine Sullivan were also snubbed nominations but…whatevs.
But, despite some disappointments, I think this is an important award show that honors performers, movies and TV shows that are often overlooked in other awards. And it’s not only about entertainment media. Great humanitarians Regina Benjamin (Surgeon General of the United States) and Colin Powell were also honored by the Image Awards. And it’s not just a “black” thing. I recall Al Gore and Bono being honored a few years ago. And really, this isn’t an award for “black people”, it’s for all people of color as evident by some of the nominees this year and last year…and the year before…and the year before. So before you criticize, look at the nominees!
OK…well I’m going to sleep.
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