Sunday 18 February 2018

Precious wins big at Image Awards

Gabourey Sidibe won the award for Outstanding Actress In A Motion Picture
Gabourey Sidibe won the award for Outstanding Actress In A Motion Picture

Gabourey Sidibe broke down in tears as she won the Outstanding Actress In A Motion Picture gong at the NAACP Image Awards.

The actress - who scooped the trophy for her acting debut in Precious - told the audience as she collected her prize: "It's so awesome to win, I love winning!"

The Oscar nominee went on: "I want to thank my God for ordering my steps, for everything that my life was and everything that it is now."

It was a winning night for Precious at the ceremony in Los Angeles.

The heart-wrenching tale of an illiterate and abused teen who finds hope in a Harlem classroom was also named Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Independent Film. As well as Gabourey, star Mo'Nique, screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher and director Lee Daniels won awards.

Other winners at the ceremony included singer Keri Hilson, RnB star Maxwell, Brothers star Daryl 'Chill' Mitchell and funnyman Chris Rock.

Hilson was named Outstanding New Artist, Maxwell won Outstanding Male Artist, Mitchell clinched Outstanding Actor In A Comedy Series and Rock accepted the Outstanding Documentary gong for Good Hair.

Mitchell was moved to tears as he accepted his trophy. "As long as you all got legs, I'm going to always walk," the wheelchair-bound actor said.

Tyler Perry was honoured with the Chairman's Award for his philanthropy and career achievements. Wyclef Jean received the Vanguard Award for raising funds and cultural awareness after the earthquake in Haiti.

Presented by the National Association For The Advancement Of Coloured People, the Image Awards honour diversity in the arts and outstanding achievements in film, television, music and literature.

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