The 45 Annual NAACP Image Awards were held over the weekend during a 2-night event at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California and both nights were dominated by Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” which walked away with a total of four awards.

McQueen won for “Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture,” Lupita Nyong’o for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture,” John Ridley for “Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)” and the film itself won the biggest award of them all: “Outstanding Motion Picture.”

The NAACP honors greatness in the realm of film, television, music and arts, so there were a myriad of winners in over 20 categories. Some of the more notable went to John Legend for his single “All of Me,” Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu for their video “Queen,” Wendy Raquel Robinson and Brandy for their work on “The Game,” Tonya Lee Stone for her book about America’s first black paratropers and Iyanla Vanzant for OWN hit “Iyanla Fix My Life.”

For a complete list of the winners, click here. For red carpet pics, look no further than below.

“Sleepy Hollow” actress Nicole Beharie got extra love from me because she was the night’s red carpet standout. She slayed effortlessly in a Saint Laurent gown that hugged her body in all the right places and yet still managed to come off as nothing but classy.

Why this gorgeous and talented actress isn’t a bigger star is anyone’s guess.


  1. I was rooting for Nicole but knew she would not win. The NAACP is so enamored with Scandal won’t ever vote any actress over Kerry. Don’t get me wrong, I love Scandal and Kerry too. But there are other women in the game too. Nicole is great and I wish her well. Love Sleepy Hollow and #Ichabbie

  2. how could any self respecting woman sit in that audience after hearing beyonce get nominated, after she made fun of the great tina turner’s horrendous beatings at the hands of ike turner in drunk and in love.

    only a monster would sit there. and especially that ignorant oprah who claims to be a friend of tinas and she claims to champion victims of domestic violence. i heard tina had a stroke. who wouldn’t after hearing your worse life experience made fun of over and over on radio

  3. @DANIKA I understand where you are coming from but if Ike and Tina happened two months ago I would say Yes that is in poor taste. “Eat The Cake AnnaMae is more of a shout out to L. Fishburn” cause he played that role. I doubt if Tina is pressed. It is what it is. When you go through stuff like Tina and you survive it you don’t give a what, about what people have to say and you cannot let people joking around about it get to you. Everyone is not going to sympathize with your struggle because it did not happen to them. It would be a waste of energy. Tina survived and came out on top! She is not a victim.

  4. All the photos show some very beautiful and well-dressed black women. I will watch the awards show the next time it re airs if it has already came on. I am going to check and see. But I love Sleepy Hollow as well and the fact that they have two black main characters in a great cast that is diverse.

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