2022 NAACP Image Awards: First Batch Of Winners Announced

The winners for the 2022 NAACP Image Awards have been announced.

Ahead of its Saturday night ceremony and live telecast, the 53rd Annual NAACP Image Awards have revealed winners in the non-televised award categories. Announced during the NAACP Image Awards’ Virtual Experience by actor and comedian Affion Crockett, the awards included honors for achievements in literary and podcast work, as well as a special award for youth activist of the year.

Winners included Will Smith for Outstanding Literary Work — Autobiography, Cicely Tyson for Outstanding Literary Work — Debut Author, Issa Rae for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for the series finale of Insecure, and Barry Jenkins for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for The Underground Railroad.

See a full list of winners below and stay tuned for more announcements throughout the week. The 535d Annual NAACP Image Awards air Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on BET.

Outstanding Short-Form Series – Comedy or Drama

“Between the Scenes” – The Daily Show 

Outstanding Short-Form Series or Special – Reality/Nonfiction

“Token of a Great Day” – Lynching Postcards

Outstanding Short-Form (Live Action)

“When The Sun Sets (Lakutshon’ Ilanga)”

Outstanding Short-Form (Animated)

“Us Again”

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Issa Rae – Insecure –  Episode #510 “Everything’s Gonna Be, Okay?!”

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Davita Scarlett – The Good Fight – 505

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special

Abdul Williams – Salt-N-Pepa

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture

Shaka King, Will Berson, Kenny Lucas, Keith Lucas – Judas and the Black Messiah

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle – South Side – “Tornado” (208)

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series

Barry Jenkins- The Underground Railroad

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special

Kenny Leon – Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia

Outstanding Directing in a Documentary

Samantha Knowles, Yoruba Richen, Geeta Gandbhir, Nadia Hallgren Black and Missing –  Ep 103

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture

Shaka King –  Judas and the Black Messiah

Special Award: Activist of The Year

Scot X. Esdaile

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

Long Division – Kiese Laymon

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

The 1619 Project:  A New Origin Story – Nikole Hannah-Jones

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

Just As I Am  – Cicely Tyson

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Autobiography

Will – Will Smith

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business) – Tabitha Brown

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

Perfect Black – Crystal Wilkinson

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

Stacey’s Extraordinary Words – Stacey Abrams, Kitt Thomas

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

Ace of Spades – Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Outstanding Podcast – News and Information

Blindspot: “Tulsa Burning”

Outstanding Podcast – Arts and Entertainment

“Jemele Hill is Unbothered”

Outstanding Podcast – Society and Culture

Jemele Hill is Unbothered

Outstanding Podcast – Lifestyle / Self-Help

Two Funny Mamas – Sherri Shepherd & Kym Whitley

Special Award: Youth Activist of The Year

Channing Hill

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