Speaking of joy, Issa Rae—who has provided us with laughs and other entertainment for years—chatted a bit with the The Root during the winners’ press conference and told us what brings her laughs and joy: Big Mouth!

“Outside of my friends and my group chats—Big Mouth has been a pleasant surprise and I only kind of learned about it and [recently] started checking for it,” Rae told The Root. “I’ve been a fan of [co-creator] Nick Kroll, I love him. But, when Quinta [Brunson] and Lena [Waithe] were on there [...] I started watching the show and it’s so hilarious! It is funny as hell and that has been a pleasant surprise of entertainment during this pandemic. It’s been a comfort zone for me.”


Also, I have to mention that this ceremony was two hours—nice and breezy! I need all award shows to be this short, to be honest! Granted, the reason why the NAACP was able to pull this off is because they’ve been celebrating the bulk of their award winners during mini-virtual events all week as we mentioned above, but maybe that should be the way to go moving forward!

The complete list of winners from the 52nd NAACP Image Awards televised ceremony are:


Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Regé-Jean Page – Bridgerton

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Issa Rae – Insecure

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Outstanding Motion Picture

“Bad Boys For Life”

Chairman’s Award

Rev. D. James Lawson

Presidents Award

LeBron James

Hall of Fame Award

Eddie Murphy

Entertainer of the Year


Social Justice Impact

Stacey Abrams

You can view the complete list of the 52nd NAACP Image Awards winners and nominees at