Actor Laurence Fishburne and “I May Destroy You” creator Michael Coel have won NAACP Image Awards for 2021, the organization announced Tuesday.
The NAACP is rolling out its winners for the 52nd NAACP Image Awards this week, revealing a slate of winners across various categories each night leading up until the televised awards show on Saturday, March 27.
This first crop of winners was announced in a virtual experience that is airing each night this week through the NAACP Image Awards website, and Tuesday recognized the best writing and directing work by Black artists in television, motion pictures, and short form.
Laurence Fishburne won the “Outstanding Performance in a Short Form” award for his performance in “#FreeRayshawn,” and “I May Destroy You” creator Michael Coel won the Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series award for episode #112 “Ego Death.”
Other winners include Gina Prince-Bythewood, who directed the Charlize Theron action movie for Netflix “The Old Guard.” Radha Blank, the writer, director and star of “The 40-Year Old Version,” which premiered at Sundance in 2020 and debuted on Netflix, Eugene Ashe’s “Sylvie’s Love” starring Tessa Thompson which also played Sundance in 2020 and debuted last year on Amazon, and ballet dancer Misty Copeland.
Other awards including for below the line categories in film, non-scripted TV and in music will be announced on subsequent nights. Check out the winners from Night 1 of the NAACP Virtual Experience below:
Check out the winners from Night 2 of the NAACP Virtual Experience below:
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