Selma, the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, scored four trophies to command the movie field at the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards on Friday, Deadline Hollywood reports.
Selma, a best picture Oscar nominee, won for Outstanding Motion Picture, and David Oyelowo picked up a trophy for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture at the event in Pasadena, Calif., hosted by Anthony Anderson. Common won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, and Carmen Ejogo was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, both for Selma.
“This is more than a movie,” Oprah Winfrey, a Selma producer who also appears in the film, said Friday in accepting the trophy for Outstanding Motion Picture, according to the Associated Press. “It’s important that we all know who we are so we know where we’re going, and claiming the glory.”
Several new shows won in several categories. ABC’s Black-ish took all five comedy series categories, and Shonda Rhimes’ How to Get Away With Murder took three awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, won by Viola Davis, the news outlet notes.
Taraji P. Henson, star of the feature No Good Deed, won for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture and was also named Entertainer of the Year.
The filmmaker Spike Lee received the NAACP President’s Award, which recognizes career success and public service. In his speech, Lee addressed racism in the mainstream film industry.
“This stuff is rigged,” he said, according to AP. “It’s not set up for us to win. It’s always been like that. Since we were stolen from mother Africa … we always find [a way] to make a way.”