and Jennifer Hudson
picked up acting prizes at the NAACP Image Awards on Friday, just six days after their Oscar wins.
Whitaker was named Best Actor for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland
, while Hudson garnered Best Supporting Actress for her role as Effie White in Dreamgirls
, at the star-studded ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Accepting his award, Whitaker said, "Doing this role gave me so many blessings. One was being able to go back to Africa and touch my roots."
Hudson gushed, "There is nothing like being recognized and honored by your own."
picked up the coveted Best Actress gong for Akeelah And The Bee
, while Djimon Hounsou
was named Best Supporting Actor for Blood Diamond
, after losing out in the same category last weekend at the Academy Awards.
's movie The Pursuit Of Happyness
won the Best Motion Picture honour and Spike Lee
was named Best Director for Inside Man
In the TV categories, Grey's Anatomy
star Isaiah Washington
received Best Actor For A Drama Series and his co-star Chandra Wilson
accepted Best Supporting Actress In A Drama Series.
Other winners in TV included Vanessa Williams
for Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy for Ugly Betty
- which was named Best Television Comedy Series, Tyler James Williams
for Actor In A Comedy Series in Everybody Hates Chris
and Tracee Ellis Ross
for Actress In A Comedy Series in Girlfriends
In music, Prince
and Mary J. Blige
picked up Male Artist and Female Artist respectively, The Roots
in the Group category and Gladys Knight
for Jazz Artist.
Comedian Bill Cosby
was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame and U2
received the Chairman's Award for his tireless campaigner against world poverty and debt.
The Image awards are given out annually by America's National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)