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Hudson And Whitaker Triumph At Image Awards


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Forest Whitaker and JENNIFER HUDSON picked up acting prizes at the NAACP Image Awards on Friday (02MAR07), just six days after their Oscar wins.
Whitaker was named Best Actor for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, while Hudson garnered Best Supporting Actress for her role as EFFIE WHITE in DREAMGIRLS, at the star-studded ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Accepting his award, Whitaker said, "Doing this role gave me so many blessings. One was being able to go back to Africa and touch my roots."
Hudson gushed, "There is nothing like being recognised and honoured by your own."
KEKE PALMER picked up the coveted Best Actress gong for Akeelah And The Bee, while Djimon Hounsou was named Best Supporting Actor for BLOOD DIAMOND, after losing out in the same category last weekend (25FEB07) at the Academy Awards.
Will Smith's movie THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS won the Best Motion Picture honour and Spike Lee was named Best Director for THE INSIDE MAN.
In the TV categories, GREY'S ANATOMY star Isaiah Washington received Best Actor For A Drama Series and his co-star CHANDRA WILSON accepted Best Supporting Actress In A Drama Series.
Other winners in TV included Vanessa Williams for Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy for UGLY BETTY - which was named Best Television Comedy Series, TYLER JAMES WILLIAMS for Actor In A Comedy Series in Everybody Hates Chris and TRACEE ELLIS ROSS for Actress In A Comedy Series in GIRLFRIENDS.
In music, Prince and MARY J. BLIGE picked up Male Artist and Female Artist respectively, The Roots in the Group category and Gladys Knight for Jazz Artist.
Comedian Bill Cosby was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame and U2 frontman Bono received the Chairman's Award for his tireless campaigner against world poverty and debt.
The Image awards are given out annually by America's National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Dreamgirls Sweeps Black Reel Awards


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Movie musical DREAMGIRLS walked away with six prizes at the Foundation For The Advancement Of African-Americans In Film's (FAAAF) Black Reel Awards today (07FEB07), including Best Film.
Dreamgirls also won Best Supporting Actress and Best Breakthrough Performance for JENNIFER HUDSON, Best Original Score, Best Original Soundtrack and Best Song for AND I'M TELLING YOU.
The film had set a new record by becoming the first movie to land more than 10 nominations in the event's 11-year history.
Elsewhere, Oscar favourite Forest Whitaker won Best Actor for THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND and KEKE PALMER's performance in Akeelah And The Bee landed her Best Actress.
Best Supporting Actor went to Djimon Hounsou for BLOOD DIAMOND.
Spike Lee won Best Director for INSIDE MAN, while his WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS picked up Best Television Documentary.
The full list of winners is:
THEATRICAL
Best Actor - FOREST WHITAKER in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
Best Actress - KEKE PALMER in AKEELAH AND THE BEE
Best Supporting Actor - DJIMON HOUNSOU in BLOOD DIAMOND
Best Supporting Actress - JENNIFER HUDSON in DREAMGIRLS
Best Director - SPIKE LEE for INSIDE MAN
Best Screenplay, Original Or Adapted - KRISS TURNER for SOMETHING NEW
Best Film - DREAMGIRLS
Best Breakthrough Performance - JENNIFER HUDSON in DREAMGIRLS
Best Original Score - DREAMGIRLS by HARVEY MASON JR. and DAMON THOMAS
Best Original Soundtrack - DREAMGIRLS
Best Song, Original Or Adapted - AND I'M TELLING YOU by HENRY KRIEGER and TOM EYEN from DREAMGIRLS
Best Documentary - THE HEART OF THE GAME
INDEPENDENT
Best Independent Feature - TRACI TOWNSEND
Best Independent Documentary - ITHUENG
Best Independent Mini Feature - SNAPSHOT
Best Independent Mini Documentary - GOD SLEEPS IN RWANDA
TELEVISION
Best Actor - Andre Braugher in THIEF
Best Actress - ALEX VEGA in WALKOUT
Best Supporting Actor - Michael Pena in WALKOUT
Best Supporting Actress - Alfre Woodard in THE WATER IS WIDE
Best Television Director - Edward James Olmos for WALKOUT
Best Television Film - WALKOUT
Best Television Documentary - WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS.

Akeelah Wins At Film Awards


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Akeelah And The Bee was the big winner at the 2006 Black Movie Awards on Sunday (15OCT06), taking home four gongs.
The film, which follows a young girl's journey to the National Spelling Bee, was named Outstanding Motion Picture, and won acting awards for lead actress KEKE PALMER and supporting actors Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett.
Other winners include actor Presley Chweneyagae for his role in the Oscar-winning film TSOTSI and director Spike Lee for INSIDE MAN.
The 2006 Black Movie Awards will air tomorrow (18OCT06) on US network TNT.

Tsotsi Wins Pan African Festival Prize


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Gavin Hood's multi-award nominated film TSOTSI has been given the Best Feature jury prize at the 14th annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles.

The story of a South African gang leader opened the festival, which ran from 9 to 19 February (06) and screened 150 films by producers from all over the world.

THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS' TWELVE DISCIPLES OF NELSON MANDELA: A SON'S TRIBUTE TO UNSUNG HEROES was also recognised as Best Documentary, and Akeelah And The Bee, starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Basset won the Starbucks PAFF Audience Award.

Continue reading: Tsotsi Wins Pan African Festival Prize

Starbucks To Promote Fishburne Movie


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Starbucks coffee shops have signed a deal to promote Laurence Fishburne's latest movie Akeelah And The Bee.

Branches of the caffeine chain will sell the movie soundtrack, DVD and tickets for previews.

Starbucks chairman HOWARD SCHULTZ says, "Just as we have demonstrated with music, we believe that Starbucks can ultimately change the rules of the game for film marketing and distribution."

Continue reading: Starbucks To Promote Fishburne Movie

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