NAACP Image Awards 2011 ceremony recap
NAACP Image Awards
This year's NAACP Image Awards ceremony included sponsors such as FEDEX, Walgreens and Chrysler. Broadcasted on Friday evening, March 4th, it brought together many entertainers for a night of recognition and celebration. I especially enjoyed the fashion and highlight favorite gowns and tuxedos worn in a designated hub about the best dressed celebrities of the evening.
This particular hub will focus on a recap of the event. Some of the winners and honorees were as follows.:
Colin Powell was honored for his years of service. In his acceptance speech, he stated that despite his variety of government work, he does consider himself a professional soldier because of having spent so many years in the military. He stated that when he started out, those in command declared clearly that they did not care about the circumstances of his background. They only cared about his performance. Powell was basically stating that those who consider themselves marginalized or disadvantaged by a background of poverty can still move forward. He says that he is not the first and that many paved the way for him. When told that everything would depend on his performance, he had no questions. He just knew that he would have to perform with excellence. The audience appreciated Colin Powell's words and gave a resounding applause.
Denzel Washington won for his performance in the motion picture, The Book of Eli. To the disappointment of the crowd, he was not present to accept his award and it had to be accepted for him.
Halle Berry won for her performance in the film Frankie and Alice which is based on the true story of a woman who is still alive and suffers from multiple personality disorder. Halle was sure to mention her during her award acceptance speech for the role.
Samuel L. Jackson received an award for his performance in the film Mother and Child. He thanks a group of women who worked in the movie with him including his own wife. He believes that the film is still little known but encourages audiences to go see it.
Tyler Perry was a big winner of the night. When he won for direction of his film For Colored Girls, the majority of the large cast was there to accompany him on stage. Those on stage included Phylicia Rashad, Kimberly Elise, Michael Ealy, and Anika Noni Rose.
In his speech, Tyler Perry likened his successes in filmmaking to academics. He considers himself to be entering his sophomore year of making films and he tells the audience to just wait until he has his Ph.D.!
Perry was sure to thank the author of the play For Colored Girls who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf as well. He received his inspiration from the play. I believe the author Ntozake Shange might have received her own inspiration for the play from her mother who might have had stories during her work as a psychiatric social worker. There are some very disturbing elements in the book and movie.
Kimberly Elise received an award for her riveting performance as a deeply traumatized mother in the film For Colored Girls and was sure to thank her acting partner Michael Ealy.
These were just a few of the highlights. The show was hosted by Wayne Brady and Holly Robinson Peete. Among the many presenters of awards were Viola Davis, Benjamin Bratt, Blair Underwood and more.
It seemed to be a dazzling event filled with happiness and pride.