"Crash" was named best feature film at Saturday (Feb. 25) night's 37th annual NAACP Image Awards.
The Image Awards honor the best in movies, television, music and books that are by and about people of color. While "Crash" wasn't so much written or directed by people of color, the film's depiction of Los Angeles' racial divide clearly struck a chord.
Hosted by Cuba Gooding Jr., the NAACP Image Awards will be neatly edited down for a Friday, March 3 airing on FOX. The ceremony was held at the Shrine Auditorium.
"Crash" entered the night as a leading nominee with six nods and also scored a win for co-star Terrence Howard, named best supporting actor in a motion picture. Of course, Howard's win meant that three of the other "Crash" nominees -- fellow supporting actor candidates Larenz Tate, Chris Bridges and Don Cheadle -- were unable to win. The other "Crash" nod went to supporting actress Thandie Newton, who lost to Cicely Tyson of "Diary of a Mad Black Woman." It was Tyson's fifth career Image win.
Also in the feature film field, Samuel L. Jackson won best actor for "Coach Carter" and Kimberly Elise was named best actress for "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."
"Crash" is considered the film with the best shot at derailing the juggernaut that is "Brokeback Mountain" at Sunday's Oscars.
Not surprisingly, "Brokeback Mountain" wasn't in direct competition with "Crash" at the NAACP event.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times