Sunday, May 26, 2024

Jennifer Hudson Wins Best Actress, Entertainer of the Year at NAACP Image Awards, “Harder They Fall” Best Picture


The NAACP Image Awards just ended and the big winner was Jennifer Hudson. It’s the best news of a bleak week!

JHud won Best Actress for playing Aretha Franklin in “Respect.” She also won Entertainer of the Year. And she deserved each of those awards. No one worked more tirelessly during the last year. Bravo!

Netflix’s “The Harder They Fall” scored an upset win for Best Motion Picture over “King Richard.” But Will Smith won Best Actor playing Richard Williams, father of Serena and Venus Williams.

Anthony Anderson won Best Actor in a TV Comedy for “Blackish.” Issa Rae won Best Actress for “Insecure.”

Paula Patton presented an award. Why isn’t she a huge star?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made an appearance to get some honorarium. They donated a bunch of money from their Archewell Foundation and now they’ll give a joint award every year.

The NAACP Image Awards had a glaring omission in their In Memoriam section. I don’t know if it was on purpose, but they left out the great Sidney Miller, king of Black radio, who died recently at age 89. Here’s the link to the New York Times obit, which ran A MONTH late. Disgraceful. But more disgraceful that the NAACP forgot him.

PS Mary J Blige performed on the show, and she was sensational.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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