The second night of the non-televised portion of the NAACP Image Awards saw awards go to Issa Rae, Barry Jenkins, and the writer of Lifetime’s Salt-N-Pepa movie.
The categories for the second night included outstanding short-form series, outstanding writing in a motion picture, and the special award: activist of the year.
Abdul Williams won for outstanding writing in a television movie or special for the Lifetime film Salt-N-Pepa, Issa Rae won for outstanding writing in a comedy series for the final episode of Insecure, Shaka King won for outstanding directing in a motion picture for Judas and the Black Messiah, Barry Jenkins won the outstanding directing in a drama series for The Underground Railroad.
The week-long virtual awards run from Feb. 21-25, honoring outstanding achievements and performances of people of color across more than 80 competitive categories. They can be seen at naacpimageawards.net and the Image Awards YouTube channel.
The non-televised awards program is hosted nightly by actor and comedian Affion Crockett.
The first night of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards included winners Sherri Shepherd and Kym Whitley’s “Two Funny Mamas” for outstanding podcast.
The televised show will be hosted by seven-time NAACP Image Awards winner Anthony Anderson. The telecast airs on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8:00 PM ET/ 5:00 PM PT on BET. Mary J. Blige will be the featured performer during the televised show.
Read the full list of night 2 winners below:
Outstanding Short-Form Series – Comedy or Drama
“Between the Scenes” – The Daily Show
Outstanding Short-Form Series or Special – Reality/Nonfiction
“Token of a Great Day” – Lynching Postcards
Outstanding Short-Form (Live Action)
“When The Sun Sets (Lakutshon’ Ilanga)”
Outstanding Short-Form (Animated)
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Issa Rae- “Insecure” – Episode #510 “Everything’s Gonna Be, Okay?!”
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Davita Scarlett- “The Good Fight”
Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special
Abdul Williams- “Salt-N-Pepa”
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
Shaka King, Will Berson, Kenny Lucas, Keith Lucas- “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle – “South Side” – “Tornado” (208
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
Barry Jenkins- “The Underground Railroad”
Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special
Kenny Leon- “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia”
Outstanding Directing in a Documentary
Samantha Knowles, Yoruba Richen, Geeta Gandbhir, Nadia Hallgren- “Black and Missing”- Ep 103
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture
Shaka King- “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Special Award: Activist of The Year
Scot X. Esdaile