Precious bags six Image awards

MUMBAI: Precious that has been inspired by the novel ‘Push by Sapphire bagged six awards yesterday night at the 41st NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles.

Oscar aspirants Gabourey Sidibe and Mo‘Nique took home best actress and best supporting actress prizes respectively while director Lee Daniels and screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher also annexed awards.

Precious that chronicles an abused, illiterate teen‘s steps towards independence and self-confidence, completed its Image Awards run with prizes for both outstanding motion picture and outstanding independent motion picture.

On the TV side, Tyler Perry‘s House of Payne was named outstanding comedy series garnered acting honours for lead actress Cassi Davis and also the supporting players Lance Gross and Keshia Knight Pulliam.

The TNT original movie Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story won multiple honors including outstanding TV movie, mini-series or dramatic special and acting honours for leads Cuba Gooding Jr. and Kimberly Elise.

Other winners of the evening included Chris Rock‘ documentary Good Hair; Grey‘s Anatomy‘s; singers Maxwell, Mary J. Blige and newcomer Keri Hilson and actors Daryl Mitchell for Brothers, Hill Harper for CSI:NY, Jada Pinkett Smith for HawthoRNe, Delroy Lindo for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and S. Epatha Merkerson for Law & Order.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of colour working in the fields of literature, music, television and film. Special honours were given to Tyler Perry, Wyclef Jean, music exec Clarence Avant and activist Van Jones.

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