“Creed” star Michael B. Jordan takes home two awards while ‘Straight Outta Compton’ wins for Outstanding Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards.
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 5, 2016) (NAACP/TVONE) – ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and “Creed” actor Michael B. Jordan took home the biggest awards on Friday (February 5) night at the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards.
“I really am truly surprised. I couldn’t have done this without my cast, my amazing cast, they killed for us. And I actually want to thank the NAACP for this because without you riding for us for the last hundred years we would not be standing here,” said director F. Gary Gray during his acceptance speech.
Jordan received awards for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and Entertainer of the Year. The Entertainer of the Year is voted on by audiences online.
“I just want to thank all my fans, the NAACP, my team, I love you guys. This is crazy,” said Jordan.
The evening was filled with references to lack of diversity in Hollywood and calls to action. Show host Anthony Anderson opened the evening performing as a member of N.W.A, which he parodied as Nominees with Attitude.
“Look at all these beautiful shades of people in the audience. Hollywood needs to know that this is what diversity is supposed to look like,” said Anderson during the show.
Anderson called out actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who have spoken out about the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominees and who have decided not to attend the Academy Awards.
“Will and Jada are in the audience tonight. Hell, they better be here after all this ish they started,” said Anderson.
Comedian Keegan Michael Key added a Donald Trump joke before announcing the winner in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, calling him “the greatest clown on TV today.”
Academy Award winning performer John Legend was honored with the NAACP President’s Award. The crooner serenaded the audience with “All of Me” before accepting his award.
“Today communities of color are still being crushed by a criminal justice system that over polices us, over arrests us, over incarcerates us and disproportionately takes the lives of our young people because of the simple fact that our skin conjures the image of threat and violence. Despite the daunting problems we face, I am hopeful. I’m hopeful that our generation will demand and achieve radical change in our lifetime,” said Legend.
For the first time in the history of NAACP Image Awards a total of eight recipients received the NAACP Chairman’s Award, five individuals and three organizations. The recipients are recognized for their contributions to social change. Members of the organizations and individual winners stood on stage and held their right fist in the air as a symbol of solidarity.
Amid an outcry over not a single actor of color being nominated for an Oscar for a second year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in late January pledged to double female and minority membership by 2020 and to strip lifetime Oscar voting privileges from members who have not worked in the industry for decades.
The 47th NAACP Image Awards took place at the Pasadena Civic Center on February 5th.