NAACP Image Awards 2015: Full list of nominees and winners


“Selma” won the top film prize Friday night at the NAACP Image Awards, which celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film.

“How to Get Away With Murder” won for TV drama series, while “black-ish” took the top award for a comedy series. Taraji P. Henson was named the entertainer of the year as well as the top actress in a motion picture.

A full list of winners follows:



Motion picture

“Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

“Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

“Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

“Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

WINNER: “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Actor in a motion picture

Chadwick Boseman - “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

WINNER: David Oyelowo - “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Denzel Washington - “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)

Idris Elba - “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)

Nate Parker - “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Actress in a motion picture

Gugu Mbatha-Raw - “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

Quvenzhané Wallis - “Annie” (Columbia Pictures)

WINNER: Taraji P. Henson - “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)

Tessa Thompson - “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

Viola Davis - “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” (The Weinstein Company)

Supporting actor in a motion picture

André Holland - “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Cedric the Entertainer - “Top Five” (Paramount Pictures)

WINNER: Common - “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Danny Glover - “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Wendell Pierce - “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Supporting actress in a motion picture

WINNER: Carmen Ejogo - “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Jill Scott - “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

Octavia Spencer - “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

Oprah Winfrey - “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Viola Davis - “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

Independent motion picture


WINNER: “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

“Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

“Half of a Yellow Sun” (Monterey Media Inc.)

“JIMI: All Is by My Side” (XLrator Media)

“Life of a King” (Animus Films/Serena Films)


Comedy series

WINNER: “black-ish” (ABC)

“House of Lies” (Showtime)

“Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

“Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET)

Actor in a comedy series

Andre Braugher - “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)

WINNER: Anthony Anderson - “‘black-ish” (ABC)

Don Cheadle - “House of Lies” (Showtime)

Keegan-Michael Key - “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

Kevin Hart - “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET)

Actress in a comedy series

Mindy Kaling - “The Mindy Project” (FOX)

Niecy Nash - “The Soul Man” (TV Land)

WINNER: Tracee Ellis Ross - “black-ish” (ABC)

Uzo Aduba - “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

Wendy Raquel Robinson - “The Game” (BET)

Supporting actor in a comedy series

Boris Kodjoe - “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET)

Glynn Turman - “House of Lies” (Showtime)

WINNER: Laurence Fishburne - “black-ish” (ABC)

Marcus Scribner - “black-ish” (ABC)

Terry Crews - “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)

Supporting actress in a comedy series


Adrienne C. Moore - “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

Laverne Cox - “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

Lorraine Toussaint - “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

Sofia Vergara - “Modern Family” (ABC)

WINNER: Yara Shahidi - “black-ish” (ABC)

Drama series

“Being Mary Jane” (BET)

“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

“House of Cards” (Netflix)

WINNER: “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

“Scandal” (ABC)

Actor in a drama series

LL Cool J - “NCIS: LA” (CBS)

Omar Epps - “Resurrection” (ABC)

Omari Hardwick - “Being Mary Jane” (BET)

WINNER: Shemar Moore - “Criminal Minds” (CBS)

Taye Diggs - “Murder in the First” (TNT)

Actress in a drama series

Gabrielle Union - “Being Mary Jane” (BET)

Kerry Washington - “Scandal” (ABC)

Nicole Beharie - “Sleepy Hollow” (FOX)

Octavia Spencer - “Red Band Society” (FOX)

WINNER: Viola Davis - “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)

Supporting actor in a drama series

Alfred Enoch - “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)

Courtney B. Vance - “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Guillermo Diaz - “Scandal” (ABC)

Jeffrey Wright - “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)

WINNER: Joe Morton - “Scandal” (ABC)

Supporting actress in a drama series

Aja Naomi King - “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)

Alfre Woodard - “State of Affairs” (NBC)

Chandra Wilson - “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

Jada Pinkett Smith - “Gotham” (FOX)

WINNER: Khandi Alexander - “Scandal” (ABC)

Television movie, mini-series or dramatic special


“A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)

“Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)

“The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)

WINNER: “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Actor in a television movie, mini-series or dramatic special

WINNER: Blair Underwood - “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Charles S. Dutton - “Comeback Dad” (UP Entertainment)

Larenz Tate - “Gun Hill” (BET)

Mekhi Phifer - “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)

Ving Rhames - “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)

Actress in a television movie, mini-series or dramatic special

Angela Bassett - “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)

WINNER: Cicely Tyson - “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Keke Palmer - “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Regina King - “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)

Vanessa Williams - “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

News/ information - Series or special

“America After Ferguson” (PBS)

“Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.” (PBS)

“Melissa Harris Perry” (MSNBC)

“Oprah’s Lifeclass” (OWN)

WINNER: “Unsung” (TV One)

Talk series

“Oprah Prime” (OWN)

WINNER:“Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)

“The Queen Latifah Show” (Syndicated)

“The View” (ABC)

“The Wendy Williams Show” (Syndicated)

Reality series

“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

WINNER: “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)

“Shark Tank” (ABC)

“The Voice” (NBC)

“Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN)

Variety series or special


“BET Awards” (BET)

“Family Feud” (Syndicated)

“On the Run: Beyoncé and Jay Z” (HBO)

WINNER: “Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN)

“UNCF: An Evening of Stars” (NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, The CW, BET, Centric)

Children’s program

“Anna Deavere Smith: A YoungArts MasterClass” (HBO)

WINNER: “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

“Dora and Friends: Into the City!” (Nickelodeon)

“HALO Awards” (Nickelodeon)

“Kid President: Declaration of Awesome” (HUB)

Performance by a youth in a youth/children’s program - series or special

Amber Montana - “Haunted Hathaways” (Nickelodeon)

China Anne McClain - “How to Build a Better Boy” (Disney Channel)

Curtis Harris - “Haunted Hathaways” (Nickelodeon)

WINNER: Fatima Ptacek - “Dora and Friends: Into the City!” (Nickelodeon)

Taliyah Whitaker - “Wallykazam!” (Nickelodeon)

Host in a talk, reality, news/ information or variety

Chris Rock - “BET Awards” (BET)

Gwen Ifill - “America After Ferguson” (PBS)

Melissa Harris Perry - “Melissa Harris Perry” (MSNBC)

Queen Latifah - “The Queen Latifah Show” (Syndicated)

WINNER: Steve Harvey - “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)


New artist

WINNER: 3 Winans Brothers (BMG)

Aloe Blacc (XIX Recordings/Interscope Records)

Erica Campbell (My Block Inc./eOne Music)

Jhene Aiko (Def Jam Recordings)

Liv Warfield (Kobalt Label Services)

Male artist


John Legend (Columbia Records)

Kem (Motown - Capitol)

Kendrick Lamar (Interscope Records)

Michael Jackson (Epic Records)

WINNER: Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)

Female artist

Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

WINNER: Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

Jennifer Hudson (RCA Records)

Ledisi (Verve Records)

Mary J Blige (Capitol)

Duo, group or collaboration

“Being With You” - Smokey Robinson feat. Mary J Blige (Verve)

“Brand New” - Pharrell Williams feat. Justin Timberlake (Columbia Records)

“Gust of Wind” - Pharrell Williams feat. Daft Punk (Columbia Records)

“Love, Marriage & Divorce” - Toni Braxton & Babyface (Def Jam Recordings)

WINNER: “Stay With Me” - Sam Smith feat. Mary J Blige (Capitol)

Jazz album

“Beautiful Life” - Dianne Reeves (Concord)

“Dave Koz and Friends: The 25th of December” - Dave Koz (Concord Records)

“Living My Dream” - Jonathan Butler (Rendezvous Music)

WINNER: “My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke” - Al Jarreau (Concord)

“Up” - Stanley Clarke (Mack Avenue Records)

Gospel album - Traditional or contemporary

“Duets” - Donnie McClurkin (RCA Inspiration)

“Help” - Erica Campbell (My Block Inc./eOne Music)

“I Will Trust” - Fred Hammond (RCA Inspiration)

“Journey to Freedom” - Michelle Williams (eOne Music)

WINNER: “Where My Heart Belongs” - Gladys Knight (Shadow Mountain Records)

Music video

“i” - Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Interscope)

“It’s You” - KEM (Motown - Capitol)

“Love Never Felt So Good” - Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake (Epic Records)

“Pretty Hurts” - Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

WINNER: “You & I (Nobody in the World)” - John Legend (Columbia Records)



“Good Kisser” - Usher (RCA Records)

“i” - Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Interscope)

“Pretty Hurts” - Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

“The Man” - Aloe Blacc (Interscope Records)

WINNER: “We Are Here” - Alicia Keys (RCA Records)


WINNER: “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” - Aretha Franklin (RCA Records)

“Beyoncé Platinum Edition” - Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

“G I R L” - Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)

“JHUD” - Jennifer Hudson (RCA Records)

“Love, Marriage & Divorce” - Toni Braxton & Babyface (Def Jam Recordings)


Literary work - Fiction

WINNER: “A Wanted Woman” - Eric Jerome Dickey (Penguin Random House)

“An Untamed State” - Roxane Gay (Grove/Atlantic - Black Cat)

“Another Woman’s Man” - Shelly Ellis (Kensington Publishing Corp.)

“Momma: Gone” - Nina Foxx (Brown Girls Publishing)

“The Prodigal Son” - Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group)

Literary work - Nonfiction

“Bad Feminist” - Roxane Gay (Harper Perennial/HarperCollins)

WINNER: “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” - Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau)

“Place not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America” - Sheryll Cashin (Beacon Press)

“The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act” - Clay Risen (Bloomsbury Press)

“Who We Be: The Colorization of America” - Jeff Chang (St. Martin’s Press)

Literary work - Debut author


WINNER: “Forty Acres” - Dwayne Alexander Smith (Atria Books)

“Queen Sugar” - Natalie Baszile (Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin Random House)

“Remedy For A Broken Angel” - Toni Ann Johnson (Nortia Press)

“The 16th Minute of Fame: An Insider’s Guide for Maintaining Success Beyond 15 Minutes of Fame” - Darrell Miller (Dunham Books)

“Time of the Locust” - Morowa Yejide (Atria Books)

Literary work - Biography/ Autobiography

WINNER: “Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine” - Louis Sullivan with David Chanoff (University of Georgia Press)

“Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)” - Rosie Perez (Crown Archetype)

“Life In Motion” - Misty Copeland (Touchstone)

“Mayor for Life” - Marion Barry, Omar Tyree (Strebor Books)

“Stand Up Straight and Sing!” - Jessye Norman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Literary work - Instructional

“10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” - JJ Smith (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)

“101 Scholarship Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College

Education” - Gwen Richardson (Cushcity Communications)

“Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed” –

Bryant Terry (Ten Speed Press)

“Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice


System” - Robbin Shipp, Nick Chiles (Agate Bolden)

WINNER:“Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life” - Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson, Hilary Beard (Spiegel & Grau)

Literary work - Poetry

WINNER: “Citizen: An American Lyric” - Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press)

“Digest” - Gregory Pardlo (Four Way Books)

“The New Testament” - Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)

“The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013” - Derek Walcott, Selected by Glyn Maxwell

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

“We Didn’t Know Any Gangsters” - Brian Gilmore (Cherry Castle Publishing, LLC)

Literary work - Children
“Beautiful Moon” - Tonya Bolden (Author), Eric Velasquez (Illustrator) (Abrams/Abrams Books for Young Readers)

WINNER: “Dork Diaries 8: Tales From a Not-So-Happily Ever After” - Rachel Renee Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell (Simon & Schuster)

“Little Melba and Her Big Trombone” - Katheryn Russell-Brown (Author), Frank Morrison (Illustrator) (Lee & Low Books)

“Malcolm Little” - Ilyasah Shabazz (Author), AG Ford (Illustrator) (Simon & Schuster)

“Searching for Sarah Rector” - Tonya Bolden (Abrams/Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Literary work - Youth/Teens
“Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America” - Russell Freedman (Holiday House)


WINNER: “Brown Girl Dreaming” - Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)

“Revolution” - Deborah Wiles (Scholastic Press)

“The Freedom Summer Murders” - Don Mitchell (Scholastic Press)

“The Red Pencil” - Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Shane Evans (Illustrator) (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)


Documentary - Film

“Documented” (Apo Anak Productions)

“Finding Fela” (Jigsaw Productions)

“I Am Ali” (Focus World/Fisheye Films)

“Keep On Keepin On” (RADiUS)

WINNER: “Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” (Chimpanzee Productions, Inc.)

Documentary - Television

“American Experience: Freedom Summer” (PBS)

WINNER: “Bad Boys” (ESPN)

“Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” (HBO)

“Rand University” (ESPN)

“The War Comes Home: Soledad O’Brien Reports” (CNN)



Writing in a comedy series

Aisha Muharrar - “Parks and Recreation” - Ann & Chris (NBC)

Brigette Munoz-Liebowitz - “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” - Road Trip (FOX)

Mindy Kaling - “The Mindy Project” - Danny and Mindy (FOX)

Regina Hicks - “Instant Mom” - A Kids’s Choice (Nickelodeon and Nick@Nite)

WINNER: Sara Hess - “Orange is the New Black” - It Was the Change (Netflix)

Writing in a drama series

WINNER: Erika Green Swafford - “How to Get Away With Murder” - Let’s Get To Scooping (ABC)

Mara Brock Akil - “Being Mary Jane” - Uber Love (BET)

Warren Leight, Julie Martin - “Law & Order: SVU” - American Disgrace (NBC)

Zahir McGhee - “Scandal” - Mama Said Knock You Out (ABC)

Zoanne Clack - “Grey’s Anatomy” - You Be Illin’ (ABC)

Writing in a television movie

Karin Gist, Regina Hicks - “Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)

Reggie Bythewood - “Gun Hill” (BET)

Sharon Brathwaite, Peres Owino - “Seasons of Love” (Lifetime Networks)

WINNER: Shernold Edwards - “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)

Sterling Anderson, Maria Nation - “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)

Writing in a motion picture

Chris Rock - “Top Five” (Paramount Pictures)

Justin Simien - “Dear White People” (Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate)

Margaret Nagle - “The Good Lie” (Alcon Entertainment)

WINNER: Misan Sagay - “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

Richard Wenk - “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)


Directing in a comedy series


WINNER: Ken Whittingham - “Parks and Recreation” - Prom (NBC)

Ken Whittingham - “The Mindy Project” - Think Like a Peter (FOX)

Linda Mendoza - “Bad Judge” - One Brave Waitress (NBC)

Reginald Hudlin - “Bad Judge” - Knife to a Gunfight (NBC)

Stan Lathan - “Real Husbands of Hollywood” - No New Friends (BET)

Directing in a drama series

Anton Cropper - “Suits” - One-Two-Three Go... (USA)

WINNER: Carl Franklin - “House of Cards” - Chapter 14 (Netflix)

Cary Joji Fukunaga - “True Detective” - Who Goes There (HBO)

Hanelle Culpepper - “Criminal Minds” - The Edge of Winter (CBS)

Millicent Shelton - “The Divide” - And the Little Ones Get Caught (WE tv)

Directing in a television movie

Bille Woodruff - “Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)

Greg Champion - “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)

Michael Wilson - “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

WINNER: Reggie Bythewood - “Gun Hill” (BET)

Stephen Tolkin - “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)

Directing in a motion picture

Amma Asante - “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

WINNER: Antoine Fuqua - “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)

Ava DuVernay - “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Gina Prince-Bythewood - “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

John Ridley - “JIMI: All Is By My Side” (XLrator Media)


Character voice-over performance - Television or film
Jamie Foxx - “Rio 2” (20th Century Fox)

WINNER: Loretta Devine - “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

Morgan Freeman - “The Lego Movie” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures/Ratpac-Dune Entertainment/Lego System A/S/VertigoEntertainment/Lin Pictures)

Tracy Morgan - “The Boxtrolls” (Focus Features)

Zoe Saldana - “The Book of Life” (20th Century Fox)