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The NAACP Image Awards Quietly Got It Right This Week

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Nellie Chapman | 17 January, 2018, 02:35

"A Wrinkle in Time" director Ava DuVernay was chosen as the recipient of Entertainer of the Year.

The Academy Award-winning actress was nominated for outstanding actress in a motion picture for her role in Kidnap, and though she didn't take home the award (the honor went to Octavia Spencer for Gifted!), Berry still won the fashion game in her strapless red and black Reem Acra gown. And Martin Luther King had a dream of universal peace for all of us. In movie field, "Girls Trip" and "Get Out" dominated the victor list.

DuVernay humbly announced upon accepting her award "I'm a director!" Outstanding Actress went to Octavia Spencer for "Gifted", while Idris Elba was the deserving victor of Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role in "THOR: Ragnarok". "This is our time!"

Stars Shine on the Blue Carpet
Stars Shine on the Blue Carpet

During her acceptance speech for Outstanding Performance in comedy series, Ross reiterated the message, "When we speak up and use our voices and vote, we make so much change, and our world needs it right now".

Danny Glover was awarded the President's Award for his decades of activism alongside his work in film and television. He quoted James Baldwin in his acceptance speech, " "We can not tell ourselves the truth about our past, we become trapped in it" - this is especially true about race in America". The ceremony took place on Martin Luther King Day, injecting the spectacle with a sense of reason and context beyond its celebration of black media.

Singer Andra Day channeled superstar Rihanna in her free-the-nipple sheer, metallic Giorgio Armani dress. She added, "Tonight is affirmation that we shall never ever, ever, ever, ever be silent again".