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NAACP Awards The Help

February 20, 2012 by staff 

NAACP Awards The Help, Oscar contender The Help has been named best picture at this year’s NAACP Image Awards, winning additional prizes for stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.

Davis was named best actress and Spencer best supporting actress for their roles in the civil rights drama.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s event also saw Star Wars creator George Lucas receive a special award.

The US awards show honours diversity in film, television, music and literature.

Accepting her honour, Davis said The Help – about maids employed in 1960s Mississippi – had “just been the joy of my life”.

“I found my voice,” she told the audience at the Shrine Auditorium. “I just emerged through The Help.”

Lucas received his Vanguard award from actor Samuel L Jackson in recognition of his recent movie Red Tails, about African-American pilots who fought in World War II.

The producer said he had made the film to “show that everybody has contributed to building this country into what it is today”.

Jennifer Hudson, who won the outstanding album prize for I Remember Me, paid tribute to the Star Wars creator with a rendition of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

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