BEVERLY HILLS, CA (February 22, 2022) – Tonight, the NAACP celebrated the second night of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards announcing the next round of winners in the non-televised award categories, which featured categories short form series, directing and writing across film and television, as well as the esteemed Activist of the Year Award, which was presented to Scot X. Esdaile. The winners were revealed tonight during the NAACP Image Awards’ Virtual Experience presented by Wells Fargo and hosted by Affion Crockett at naacpimageawards.net and YouTube.
Tonight’s winners included Issa Rae for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, “When The Sun Sets (Lakutshon’ Ilanga)” for Outstanding Short-Form (Live Action), Shaka King, Will Berson, Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas- (Judas and the Black Messiah) for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture, Bashir Salahuddin & Diallo Riddle – “South Side” – “Tornado” (208) for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series, Shaka King- “Judas and the Black Messiah” for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, Samantha Knowles, Yoruba Richen, Geeta Gandbhir, Nadia Hallgren- “Black and Missing”- Ep 103 for Outstanding Directing in a Documentary, Us Again for Outstanding Short-Form (Animated).
As previously announced, President of the Connecticut State Conference and of NAACP Branches, Scot X. Esdaile was honored with the Activist of The Year Award which was presented by NAACP President, Derrick Johnson to spotlight his commitment to uplifting youth and community and his passion for social justice.
The night additionally featured appearances from presenters including Clint Coley, Demetrius Shipp Jr. and Marcel Spears.
The week-long 53rd NAACP Image Awards Virtual Experience from February 21-25, will invite fans to join the Image Awards in a celebration of the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color across more than 80 competitive categories.
The “53rd NAACP Image Awards,” hosted by seven-time NAACP Image Awards winner Anthony Anderson, will air Saturday, February 26 at 8:00 PM on BET, featuring a performance by nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer and two-time Academy Award-nominated actress and producer Mary J. Blige.
The full list of winners from tonight can be found below:
Outstanding Short-Form Series – Comedy or Drama
“Between the Scenes” – The Daily Show
Outstanding Short-Form Series or Special – Reality/Nonfiction
“Token of a Great Day” – Lynching Postcards:
Outstanding Short-Form (Live Action)
“When The Sun Sets (Lakutshon’ Ilanga)”
Outstanding Short-Form (Animated)
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Issa Rae- “Insecure” – Episode #510 “Everything’s Gonna Be, Okay?!”
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Davita Scarlett- “The Good Fight” – 505
Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special
Abdul Williams- “Salt-N-Pepa”
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
Shaka King, Will Berson, Kenny Lucas, Keith Lucas- “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle – “South Side” – “Tornado” (208)
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
Barry Jenkins- “The Underground Railroad”
Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special
Kenny Leon- “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia”
Outstanding Directing in a Documentary
Samantha Knowles, Yoruba Richen, Geeta Gandbhir, Nadia Hallgren- “Black and Missing”- Ep 103
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture
Shaka King- “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Special Award: Activist of The Year
Scot X. Esdaile
Be sure to tune into the 53rd NAACP Awards Virtual Experience this week on naacpimageawards.net and YouTube, including:
● The non-televised awards program will be hosted nightly by actor and comedian Affion Crockett and celebrity presenters Aida Rodriquez, Asiahn Bryant, Clint Coley, Cory Hardrict, Courtney Nichole, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Derrick Johnson, Karen Boykin-Towns, Khleo Thomas, Lauren Wesley Wilson, Leon W. Russell, Lori Harvey, Luke Lawal, Jr., Marcel Spears, Matt Cedeno, Melissa L. Williams, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and Wisdom Cole.
● The Diaspora Perspectives series exploring the global nature of the film industry, the diversity of stories and experiences available on content platforms, featuring Nollywood, Ghollywood, and Britain’s biggest stars and innovators Koshie Mills, Tope Oshin, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Aml Ameen, Mamoudou Athie, and more.
The “53rd NAACP Image Awards” are presented by Wells Fargo and sponsored in part by AT&T Humanity of Connection, Google, T-Mobile, Bank of America, Gushers, FedEx, and Airbnb.
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