Actress Kerry Washington wins big at NAACP Image Awards
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Actress Kerry Washington was the big winner at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards on Friday, Feb 2, 2013, picking up awards for her roles in the slavery-era Western film Django Unchained and television drama Scandal, as well as a special honor for professional achievement and public service.
But on a night that celebrated the successes of artists of color, actor and activist Harry Belafonte struck a somber note when he admonished the black community for failing to speak out in favor of gun control, saying "the group most devastated by America's obsession with the gun is African-Americans."
Washington received the best supporting actress in a movie award for her role as a slave in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and best actress in a television drama for Scandal, in which she plays a crisis-management expert.
"This award does not belong to me. It belongs to our ancestors," Washington said in accepting her award for Django Unchained, which has received a mixed reaction from the black community for its portrayal of slavery and its violence.