The 53rd NAACP Awards 2022 Recap

The 53rd annual NAACP Awards aired on Sunday night, February 27, and it was a night to remember. If you missed it, here were some of the highlights.

By Brooks Welch

The 53rd annual NAACP Awards aired on Sunday night, February 27, and it was a night to remember. If you missed it, here were some of the highlights.

The NAACP Awards celebrates the contributions of people of color in entertainment, music, literature, and film. The ceremony was hosted by Black-ish star Anthony Anderson for the ninth time in a row. He also took home Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Dre Johson on ABC’s ‘Black-ish,’ this was his eight consecutive win. Anderson shared his gratitude with the audience, “I’m just a kid from Compton. If you dream and believe, anything is possible.”

Ketanji Brown Jackson, who on Feb. 25 became the first Black woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court was acknowledged at the top of the award’s ceremony.

The big winners of the night included Issa Rae, taking home four awards. The ‘Insecure’ writer and actress took home Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, Actress in a Comedy, and Outstanding Comedy Series. Natasha Rothwell, who plays Kelly on ‘Insecure,’ won an award for Supporting Actress. ‘Insecure’ wasn’t the only show nominating the night. ‘The Harder They Fall’ took home Best Film and Jenifer Hudson won Entertainer of The Year and Outstanding Actress for her role as Aretha Franklin in ‘Respect.’ Will Smith won Outstanding Actor for his role as Richard Williams in ‘King Richard.’

If you couldn’t catch the live show or recording, here’s a complete list of categories with nominees and winners:

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • black-ish (ABC)
  • Harlem (Amazon Studios)
  • Insecure (HBO) — WINNER
  • Run the World (Starz)
  • The Upshaws (Netflix)


Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Anthony Anderson – black-ish (ABC) — WINNER
  • Cedric the Entertainer – The Neighborhood (CBS)
  • Don Cheadle – Black Monday (Showtime)
  • Elisha ‘EJ’ Williams – The Wonder Years (ABC)
  • Jay Ellis – Insecure (HBO)


Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Issa Rae – Insecure (HBO) — WINNER
  • Loretta Devine – Family Reunion (Netflix)
  • Regina Hall – Black Monday (Showtime)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – black-ish (ABC)
  • Yvonne Orji – Insecure (HBO)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC)
  • Deon Cole – black-ish (ABC) — WINNER
  • Kenan Thompson – Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Kendrick Sampson – Insecure (HBO)
  • Laurence Fishburne – black-ish (ABC)


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Amanda Seales – Insecure (HBO)
  • Jenifer Lewis – black-ish (ABC)
  • Marsai Martin – black-ish (ABC)
  • Natasha Rothwell – Insecure (HBO) — WINNER
  • Wanda Sykes – The Upshaws (Netflix)


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

  • Ashley Nicole Black – Ted Lasso, “Do the Right-est Thing”
  • Issa Rae – Insecure, “Everything’s Gonna Be, Okay?!” — WINNER
  • Leann Bowen – Ted Lasso, “Lavender”
  • Maya Erskine – PEN15, “Blue in Green”
  • Temi Wilkey – Sex Education, “Episode #3.6”

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

  • Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle – South Side, “Tornado” — WINNER
  • Melina Matsoukas – Insecure, “Reunited, Okay?!”
  • Neema Barnette – Harlem, “Once Upon A Time in Harlem”
  • Prentice Penny – Insecure, “Everything’s Gonna Be, Okay?!”
  • Tiffany Johnson – Black Monday, “Eight!”


Outstanding Drama Series

  • 9-1-1 (FOX)
  • All American (The CW)
  • Godfather of Harlem (EPIX)
  • Pose (FX Network)
  • Queen Sugar (OWN) — WINNER


Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

  • Billy Porter – Pose (FX Network)
  • Damson Idris – Snowfall (FX Network)
  • Forest Whitaker – Godfather of Harlem (EPIX)
  • Kofi Siriboe – Queen Sugar (OWN)
  • Sterling K. Brown – This is Us (NBC) — WINNER


Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

  • Angela Bassett – 9-1-1 (FOX) — WINNER
  • Dawn-Lyen Gardner – Queen Sugar (OWN)
  • Octavia Spencer – Truth Be Told (Apple TV+)
  • Queen Latifah – The Equalizer (CBS)
  • Rutina Wesley – Queen Sugar (OWN)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Alex R. Hibbert – The Chi (Showtime)
  • Cliff “Method Man” Smith – Power Book II: Ghost (Starz) — WINNER
  • Daniel Ezra – All American (The CW)
  • Giancarlo Esposito – Godfather of Harlem (EPIX)
  • Joe Morton – Our Kind of People (FOX)


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Alfre Woodard – SEE (Apple TV+)
  • Bianca Lawson – Queen Sugar (OWN)
  • Chandra Wilson – Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  • Mary J. Blige – Power Book II: Ghost (Starz) — WINNER
  • Susan Kelechi Watson – This is Us (NBC)


Outstanding Guest Performance, Comedy or Drama Series

  • Alani “La La” Anthony – The Chi (Showtime)
  • Christina Elmore – Insecure (HBO)
  • Daniel Kaluuya – Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Erika Alexander – Run the World (Starz)
  • Maya Rudolph – Saturday Night Live (NBC) — WINNER 


Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

  • Aurin Squire – Evil, “C Is For Cop”
  • Davita Scarlett – The Good Fight, “And the Firm Had Two Partners…” — WINNER
  • Malcolm Spellman – The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, “New World Order”
  • Nkechi Okoro Carroll – All American, “Homecoming”
  • Steven Canals, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy – Pose, “Series Finale”


Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series

  • Anthony Hemingway – Genius: Aretha, “Respect”
  • Barry Jenkins – The Underground Railroad, “Indiana Winter” — WINNER
  • Carl Seaton – Snowfall, “Fight or Flight”
  • Carl Seaton – Godfather of Harlem, “The Bonanno Split”
  • Hanelle Culpepper – True Story, “Like Cain Did Abel”


Outstanding TV-Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special

  • Colin in Black & White – (Netflix) — WINNER
  • Genius: Aretha – (National Geographic)
  • Love Life – (HBO Max)
  • Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia – (Lifetime)
  • The Underground Railroad – (Amazon Studios)


Outstanding Actor in a TV-Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special

  • Anthony Mackie – Solos (Amazon Studios)
  • Jaden Michael – Colin in Black & White (Netflix)
  • Kevin Hart – True Story (Netflix) — WINNER
  • Wesley Snipes – True Story (Netflix)
  • William Jackson Harper – Love Life (HBO Max)


Outstanding Actress in a TV-Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special

  • Betty Gabriel – Clickbait (Netflix)
  • Cynthia Erivo – Genius: Aretha (National Geographic)
  • Danielle Brooks – Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia (Lifetime)
  • Jodie Turner-Smith – Anne Boleyn (AMC+)
  • Taraji P. Henson – Annie Live! (NBC) — WINNER


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

  • Courtney B. Vance – Genius: Aretha (National Geographic) — WINNER 
  • Keith David – Black As Night (Amazon Studios)
  • Tituss Burgess – Annie Live! (NBC)
  • Will Catlett – True Story (Netflix)
  • William Jackson Harper – The Underground Railroad (Amazon)


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

  • Anika Noni Rose – Maid (Netflix)
  • Natasha Rothwell – The White Lotus (HBO)
  • Pauletta Washington – Genius: Aretha (National Geographic)
  • Regina Hall – Nine Perfect Strangers (Hulu) — WINNER
  • Sheila Atim – The Underground Railroad (Amazon)


Outstanding Writing in a TV-Movie or Special

  • Abdul Williams – Salt-N-Pepa (Lifetime Movie Network) — WINNER
  • Mario Miscione , Marcella Ochoa – Madres (Amazon Studios)
  • Monique N. Matthew – A Holiday In Harlem (Hallmark Channel)
  • Sameer Gardezi – Hot Mess Holiday (Comedy Central)
  • Sherman Payne – Black As Night (Amazon Studios)

Outstanding Directing in a TV-Movie or Special

  • Jaffar Mahmood – Hot Mess Holiday (Comedy Central)
  • Kenny Leon – Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia (Lifetime) — WINNER
  • Mario Van Peebles – Salt-N-Pepa (Lifetime)
  • Maritte Lee Go – Black As Night (Amazon Studios)
  • Veronica Rodriguez – Let’s Get Merried (VH1)


Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, TV-Movie or Limited Series)

  • Alayah “Lay Lay” High – That Girl Lay Lay (Nickelodeon)
  • Celina Smith – Annie Live! (NBC)
  • Elisha ‘EJ’ Williams – The Wonder Years (ABC)
  • Eris Baker – This Is Us (NBC)
  • Miles Brown – black-ish (ABC) — WINNER


Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

  • Blood on Black Wall Street: The Legacy of the Tulsa Massacre (NBC)
  • NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (NBC)
  • Soul of A Nation (ABC)
  • The Reidout (MSNBC) — WINNER
  • Unsung (TV One)


Outstanding Talk Series

  • Desus & Mero (Showtime)
  • Hart to Heart (Peacock)
  • Red Table Talk (Facebook Watch) — WINNER
  • Tamron Hall (Syndicated)
  • The Real (Syndicated)


Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show

  • Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)
  • Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • Sweet Life: Los Angeles (HBO Max)
  • The Voice (NBC)
  • Wild ‘n Out (VH1) — WINNER


Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special)

  • A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
  • BET Awards 2021 (BET)
  • Dave Chappelle: The Closer (Netflix)
  • Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 (Amazon Studios)
  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central) — WINNER


Outstanding Children’s Program

  • Ada Twist, Scientist (Netflix)
  • Family Reunion (Netflix) — WINNER
  • Karma’s World (Netflix)
  • Raven’s Home (Disney Channel)
  • Waffles + Mochi (Netflix)


Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special)

  • Joy Reid – The Reidout
  • Daniel “Desus Nice” Baker, Joel “The Kid Mero” Martinez – Desus & Mero
  • Garcelle Beauvais, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai Jenkins – The Real
  • Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Willow Smith – Red Table Talk — WINNER
  • LeBron James – The Shop: Uninterrupted


Outstanding Host in a Reality, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special)

  • Alfonso Ribeiro – America’s Funniest Home Videos
  • Amber Ruffin – The Amber Ruffin Show
  • Cedric The Entertainer – 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
  • Iyanla Vanzant – Iyanla: Fix My Life
  • Trevor Noah – The Daily Show with Trevor Noah — WINNER


Outstanding Animated Series

  • Big Mouth (Netflix)
  • Peanut Headz: Black History Toonz (Kweli TV)
  • Super Sema (YouTube Originals)
  • We The People (Netflix) — WINNER
  • Yasuke (Netflix)


Outstanding TV Character Voice-Over Performance

  • Angela Bassett – Malika: The Lion Queen
  • Billy Porter – Fairfax
  • Chris “Ludacris” Bridges – Karma’s World
  • Cree Summer – Rugrats — WINNER
  • Keke Palmer – Big Mouth


Outstanding Short Form Series, Comedy or Drama

  • Between the Scenes – The Daily Show (Comedy Central) WINNER
  • Dark Humor (Comedy Central / YouTube)
  • Della Mae (AspireTV)
  • The Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator (Disney+)
  • Two Sides: Unfaithful (Snapchat)


Outstanding Short Form Series, Reality/Nonfiction

  • Life By The Horns (Snapchat)
  • Memory Builds The Monument (Fifth Ward CRC)
  • Widen the Screen: 8:46 Films (BET)
  • Through Our Eyes: Shelter (HBO Max)
  • Lynching Postcards: Token of a Great Day (Paramount+) WINNER


Outstanding Breakthrough TV Creative

  • Angel Kristi Williams – Colin in Black & White WINNER
  • Cierra Glaude – Queen Sugar
  • Deborah Riley Draper – The Legacy of Black Wall Street
  • Halcyon Person – Karma’s World
  • Quyen Tran – Maid


Outstanding TV Documentary

  • 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Apple TV+)
  • American Masters: How It Feels to Be Free (PBS)
  • Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali (Netflix)
  • High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America (Netflix) WINNER
  • Insecure Documentary (HBO)


Outstanding Directing in a Documentary (Television or Motion Picture)

  • Andre Gaines – The One and Only Dick Gregory (Showtime)
  • Dawn Porter – Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer (National Geographic)
  • Sam Pollard – MLK/FBI (IFC Films)
  • Samantha Knowles, Yoruba Richen, Geeta Gandbhir, Nadia Hallgren – Black and Missing (HBO) WINNER
  • Spike Lee – NYC Epicenters 9/11➔2021½ (HBO Max)


Entertainer of the Year

  • Jennifer Hudson WINNER
  • Lil Nas X
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Regina King
  • Tiffany Haddish