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Viola Winning. Quvenzhané Accepting. Kerry Collecting.

I didn't want to let this little awards factoid get lost in the hubbub surrounding this year's Oscar nominees but here this: Viola Davis, last year's shouldawon Oscar casualty who handed Daniel Day Lewis his SAG trophy for Lincoln last weekend, just won her second consecutive Best Actress prize at the NAACP Image Awards. She was, of course, the big winner last season for The Help which also took the Picture and Supporting Actress trophies. This year her prize is for the far less heralded Won't Back Down. Residual affection from The Help or just another PSA that Viola is among the world's great screen actors and deserves those leading roles? (It's a surprising win when you realize that she beat both Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild and breakthrough player Emayatzy Corinealdi from Middle of Nowhere to take that trophy again. (The other nominees were Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas -and Loretta DeVine in In The Hive)

Hushpuppy gets to give acceptance speeches even when she loses!

While the NAACP often goes in odd directions that make their awards a little hard to take very seriously (Red Tails over Beasts for Best Picture? Middle of Nowhere not even nominated? What the what now?) they can grab attention nonetheless. Away from the glare of the SAG/GLOBE/OSCAR spotlight odd detours abound: Viola Davis didn't show so Samuel L Jackson invited Quvenzhané Wallis (who lost) to accept the award on Viola's behalf!

Could you imagine that happening at the Oscars? 'I'm sorry you lost to this person but come on up and give a speech anyway!' ...the mind boggles considering the possibilities of acceptance speeches that coulda been any time Katharine Hepburn or Woody Allen won. (In fact, I wouldn't mind at all if they bring Quvenzhané up to accept on Jennifer Lawrence's behalf on Oscar night.)

Kerry crowned, thrice.Django Unchained lost Best Picture but was the defacto champ oanyway with an Entertainer of the Year prize for Jamie Foxx and both supporting acting trophies. Kerry Washington, the true queen of the event, tripled the win factor with additional prizes for her public service and for Best TV Drama Actress for "Scandal".

Curiously the NAACP doesn't update their site well so they only have this year's prizes as the nomination list still and the only photos are from other years. So I've had to scour the web for photos but the LA Times comes through with the complete winners list. (Don't they have interns at the NAACP to update their site immediately following the ceremonies?)

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Here you go, The L.A. Times put up the full list of winners last night: 44th NAACP Image Award winners http://t.co/8GuOWGLM

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYui

thanks Yui, updated!

February 2, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

"Don't they have interns at the NAACP to update their site immediately following the ceremonies?"

I'm guessing that the NAACP isn't big on unpaid black interns.

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDame James

Let's just hope that the Emmy's remember who Kerry is by the time nominations roll around.

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBia

"...: Viola Davis, last year's shouldawon Oscar casualty...'

Oh no not again...

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatryk

Patryk -- i know the second i posted it i was like "oops" haha. perhaps the streepianlegions will not notice this article.

February 2, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Didn't they used to have the directors accept when the winning actors weren't there? Francis Ford Coppola accepted Robert DeNiro's first Óscar on his behalf when he wasn't there and I believe Martín Scorsese accepted on behalf of Ellen Burstyn. Why don't they do that anymore? Maybe have a cast member do it when the director isn't there (Owen Wilson could have accepted for Woody Allen last year). Or, have what the Emmys did one year and have someone accept for anyone who isn't there (that year they had Tony Danza do it)....

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRichter Scale

@Richter Scale, I think I read recently that there was a rule change about accepting Oscars on another person's behalf at the Oscars because of the fall-out after Marlon Brando had Sacheen Littlefeather accept for him (though Burstyn would have won 3 years later, so it wasn't immediate).

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

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