The awards show honored the best people of colour in movie, TV, music and books and show how much the Oscars have missed out on.
Instead of boycotting the ceremony, the actors attending the NAACP Awards showed the Academy of Motion Picture and Science what diversity in Hollywood looks like.
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The event kicked off tonight in Pasadena, California at the Civic Auditorium honoring the best performers of the past year in movies, music, TV and books; it was a star studded evening with an array of attendees from all ethnicities.
Hosting the awards for a third time in a row, Black-ish’s Anthony Anderson took the #OscarsSoWhite and Oscars diversity issue on a collision course throughout the evening.
He started with his own rendition of Straight Outta Compton performance where he rapped his own lyrics that included, ‘Listen, y’all, I don’t mean to sound cocky, but the movie’s called ‘Creed,’ not ‘Rocky’.
It was an obvious snap at Creed being snubbed overall except for Sylvester Stallone’s performance as Best Supporting Actor. He was dressed in a white suit and called himself and his background performers, Nominees With Attitudes.
During his monologue, he constantly pointed out the diversity issue throughout the show. He applauded all the people in the crowd saying; “Look at all of these beautiful shades of people in the audience.
Hollywood needs to know that this is what diversity is supposed to look like. He also pointed out that this was the time that the colored actors should embrace the issue of diversity instead of boycotting it.
They didn’t want the Academy to overcompensate for their lack of diversity this year by nominating the colored comedies next year.
According to Deadline, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks also said that it was not about who acknowledges us, the more important issue is that we acknowledge the best among ourselves. With that in mind, the NAACP Awards have become the epitome of excellence for people of color working in all mediums.
The NAACP awarded John Legend with the President’s award. After a moving performance of his smash hit “All Of Me”. Legend emphasized once more on the importance of justice and how they had to fight for it.
Creed became the great winner including Best Actor for Michael B. Jordan, Best Director for Ryan Coogler, Best Supporting Actress for Phylicia Rashad and also Best Writing.
Straight Outta Compton won the Best Movie award and O’Shae Jackson Jr. also snagged the supporting actor award for the portrayal of his dad Ice Cube in the film.
Black-ish won six awards out of seven nominees including Best TV Comedy, Best Actor and Actress for Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross respectively. Empire also became the great winner by picking up the award for Best TV Drama.
All the attendees and winners weighed in on the diversity issue in their own words and most of them appreciated NAACP Image awards for supporting Hollywood’s diversity.