The NAACP Image Awards announced the second round of 2021 winners Tuesday night, with Laurence Fishburne taking home an award for his performance in #FreeRayshawn.
The drama series picked up awards for outstanding performance in a short form for Fishburne, as well as being named outstanding short form series – comedy or drama.
The short form drama from now-defunct streaming platform Quibi follows a Black military veteran who has a standoff with a SWAT team in New Orleans. Fishburne plays a police officer who tries to talk him down.
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Another big winner of the night was Michaela Coel for outstanding writing in a comedy series for the episode “Ego Death” of her critically-acclaimed show I May Destroy You.
Besides celebrating awards on Tuesday for writing, directing and short-from categories for film and television, the NAACP Image Awards also gave out the Spingarn Medal to ballet dancer Misty Copeland. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by a Black person.
The non-televised awards categories will continue to be announced virtually each night until March 26 at naacpimageawards.net, leading up to the televised show on Saturday, March 27 at 8/7c on BET, with a simulcast airing across ViacomCBS Networks including CBS, BET Her, VH1, MTV, MTV2, and LOGO.
Night Two Winners:
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Michaela Coel – I May Destroy You – Ep. 112 “Ego Death”
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Attica Locke – Little Fires Everywhere – Ep. 104 “The Spider Web”
Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special
Geri Cole – The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
Radha Blank – The Forty-Year-Old Version
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Anya Adams – black-ish – Ep. 611 “Hair Day”
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
Hanelle Culpepper – Star Trek: Picard – Ep. 101 “Remembrance”
Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special
Eugene Ashe – Sylvie’s Love
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture
Gina Prince-Bythewood – The Old Guard
Outstanding Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama
Outstanding Performance in a Short Form
Laurence Fishburne – #FreeRayshawn
Outstanding Short Form Series – Reality/Nonfiction
Between The Scenes- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Outstanding Short-Film (Live Action)
Black Boy Joy
Outstanding Short-Film (Animated)
Special Award – Spingarn Medal