The motion picture “Moonlight” and the TV series “black-ish” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” were among the top winners in the NAACP Image Awards’ non-televised categories, which were handed out at a dinner at the Pasadena Conference Center on Friday night.
Nine additional televised awards will be presented on Saturday night at a ceremony broadcast live on TV One and hosted by Anthony Anderson.
“Moonlight” won the award as the outstanding independent film, and picked up additional honors for supporting actor Mahershala Ali, plus directing and writing honors for Barry Jenkins.
Other film winners included supporting actress Viola Davis for “Fences” and “13th” for documentary film.
In television categories, “black-ish” won awards for supporting actor Laurence Fishburne, young actor Marsai Martin and writer Kenya Barris.
“The People v. O.J. Simpson” miniseries won the award for outstanding miniseries or TV movie, and picked up separate awards for director John Singleton and actor Courtney B. Vance.
Jussie Smollett and Naturi Naughton were named outstanding supporting actor and actress in a drama series for “Empire” and “Power,” respectively, while Regina King won the supporting miniseries award for “American Crime.”
Beyonce dominated the music awards by winning Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration, Outstanding Music Video, Outstanding Album and Outstanding Song.
Other music winners included Chance the Rapper (new artist) and Maxwell (outstanding male artist).
The gala dinner was hosted by Erica Ash and Deon Cole.
By Steve Pond