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The evening was filled with highs.

Kerry Washington thanked those who came before. “This award does not belong to me,” said Washington, who plays a slave separated from her husband in “Django Unchained,” as she picked up her first trophy of the evening for her role in the film directed by Quentin Tarantino. “It belongs to our ancestors. We shot this film on a slave plantation, and they were with us along every step of the way.”

Don Cheedle was awarded the outstanding actor in a comedy series trophy for his role as a slick management consultant in Showtime’s “House of Lies.” “This doesn’t belong just to me, but I am taking it home tonight,” joked Cheedle.

“Red Tails,” the drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, was honored as outstanding motion picture. “Look! I beat Quentin Tarantino,” beamed “Red Tails” executive producer George Lucas as he accepted the award.

LL Cool J, who was honored as outstanding actor in a drama series for CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles,” dedicated his trophy to fellow nominee Michael Clarke Duncan, “The Green Mile” and “The Finder” actor who died last year.

Sidney Poitier presented Harry Belafonte with the Spingarn Award, which honors outstanding achievement by an African American. His honor was followed by a serenade from Wyclef Jean and Common.

The complete list of winners for the 44th annual NAACP Image Awards:

Television Comedy Series
“The Game” (BET)

Actor in a Comedy Series
Don Cheadle “House Of Lies” (Showtime)
Cassi Davis “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Lance Gross “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Vanessa Williams “Desperate Housewives” (ABC)

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Drama Series
“Scandal” (ABC)

Actor in a Drama Series
LL Cool J “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)

Actress in a Drama Series
Kerry Washington “Scandal” (ABC)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Omar Epps “House M.D.”(FOX)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Loretta Devine “Grey’s Anatomy”(ABC)

Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)

Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Cuba Gooding, Jr. “Hallmark Hall of Fame’s FIRELIGHT” (ABC)

Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Alfre Woodard “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)

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Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Kristoff St. John “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Tatyana Ali “The Young and the Restless”(CBS)

News/Information (Series or Special)
“Unsung” (TV One)

Talk Series
“The View” (ABC)

Reality Series
“Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN)

Variety Series or Special
“Black Girls Rock” (BET)

Children’s Program
“Kasha and the Zulu King” (BET)

Performance in a Youth/ Children’s Program – (Series or Special)
Loretta Devine “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior block on Disney Channel)

Music

New Artist
Elle Varner (MBK/RCA)

Male Artist
Usher (RCA Records)

Female Artist
Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Duo, Group or Collaboration
Mary Mary (Columbia)

Jazz Album
“The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection” The Preservation Hall Jazz Band(Legacy)

Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
“Go Get It” Mary Mary (Columbia)

World Music Album
“All of Me” Estelle (Atlantic)

Music Video
“Girl On Fire” Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Song
“I Look To You” Whitney Houston and R. Kelly (RCA Records)

Album
“I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston” Whitney Houston (RCA Records)

Literature
Literary Work – Fiction
“The Reverend’s Wife” Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central Publishing)

Literary Work – Non-Fiction
“The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court” Jeffrey Toobin (Doubleday)

Literary Work – Debut Author
“Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words” Darryl L. Lacy (Darryl L. Lacy (iUniverse)

Literary Work – Biography/Auto-Biography
“Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change” John Lewis (Hyperion)

Literary Work – Instructional
“Health First: The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide” Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, Hilary Beard (SmileyBooks)

Literary Work – Poetry
“Speak Water” Truth Thomas (Cherry Castle Publishing)

Literary Work – Children
“What Color is My World?” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymond Obstfeld (Author), A.G. Ford (Illustrator) (Candlewick Press)

Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons A Dialogue With America’s Young Leaders” Gregory Reed (Amber Books)

Film Motion Picture
“Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)

Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)

Actress in a Motion Picture
Viola Davis “Won’t Back Down” (20th Century Fox)

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Samuel L. Jackson “Django Unchained” (Weinstein Co.)

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Kerry Washington “Django Unchained” (Weinstein Co.)

Independent Motion Picture
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) & “Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)

International Motion Picture
“The Intouchables” (Weinstein Co.)

Documentary (Theatrical or Television)
“On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard Of” (Showtime)

Writing in a Comedy Series
Marc Wilmore “The Simpsons” – The Spy Who Learned Me (FOX)

Writing in a Dramatic Series
Cheo Hodari Coker “SouthLAnd” – God’s Work (TNT)

Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
Elizabeth Hunter “Abducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lifetime)

Directing in a Comedy Series
Ken Whittingham “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

Directing in a Dramatic Series
Paris Barclay “Smash” (NBC)

Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
Benh Zeitlin “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

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