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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Wins Big at 2023 NAACP Image Awards

Client: Ryan Coogler - Director, Writer, Producer

The 54th NAACP Image Awards, which aired on CBS from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Saturday night, has wrapped. Queen Latifah hosted the proceedings, which honored the best in Black entertainment for the proceeding year. Inclusive awards that they are, the Image Awards often give a hat-tip to performers of color who aren’t Black, though: Tenoch Huerta Mejía won Best Supporting Actor for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which also won Outstanding Motion Picture.

That film received another big award in the form of Best Supporting Actress for Angela Bassett, who is by far now the frontrunner for the Academy Award. It was one of two awards of the night for Bassett, as she also won Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role in “9-1-1.”

Among other notable winners, Will Smith won Best Actor for his role in “Emancipation.” And “P-Valley” won Outstanding Drama Series, along with Nico Annan for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. “Abbott Elementary” was the biggest overall winner of the night, with four prizes including Outstanding Comedy Series.

Outstanding Motion Picture

“A Jazzman’s Blues”

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (WINNER)


“The Woman King“


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Angela Bassett — “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (WINNER)

Danai Gurira —”Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

Janelle Monae —”Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”

Lashana Lynch—“The Woman King“

Lupita Nyong’o —”Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

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