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article imageNAACP Image Awards marked by Whitney Houston's remembrance

By Anca Dumitru     Feb 19, 2012 in Entertainment
In a ceremony strongly dominated by the huge success of 'The Help' , the 43rd NAACP Image Awards celebrated the life and music of Whitney Houston, whose premature death, last Saturday, shocked the entire world.
Held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the event was hosted by Sanaa Lathan and Anthony Mackie.
Just a week before the Oscars, the box-office hit The Help swept everyone off their feet by snatching three Image Awards for best motion picture, best leading actress and best supporting actress.
Viola Davis, who won the best leading actress prize, was nominated in the same category with her co-star from The Help, Emma Stone. The quintet of nominees was completed by Pariah's Adepero Oduye, Paula Patton for Jumping the Broom and Zoe Saldana for her part in Colombiana.
Octavia Spencer, the winner of the best supporting actress Image Award, was also competing with two of The Help co-stars, Bryce Dallas Howard and Cicely Tyson. The two other nominees were Bridesmaids' Maya Rudolph, and Kim Wayans for her role in Pariah.
The Help shared the Outstanding Motion Picture category with Pariah, Jumping the Broom, The First Grader and Tower Heist.
Among the other honorees of the evening were Anjelina Jolie's directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey for best foreign film, Archie Panjabi as best supporting actress in CBS drama The Good Wife and Regina King for her work in the drama SouthLAnd.
The night was a night of tributes. Two legends and distinguished members of the community, Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte presented the President's Award to the Black Stuntmen's Association. Also, George Lucas received from Samuel L. Jackson a Vanguard Award for his career, including his recent work as the executive producer of Red Tails, a film that centers on the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. was, just like every year, present at NAACP Image Awards and took the pulse of the show right on the red carpet where the stars talked about this special evening.
But the highlight of the event was remembering Whitney Houston. Videos of Houston accepting the Image Award in 1994 for best female artist were shown. When Denzel Washington presented her with the award back then, he described her as "an artist of unparalleled stature".
The gospel singer Yolanda Adams gave a touching tribute to the late singer, performing "I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry". Kirk Franklin ended the show with a version of Houston's "The Greatest Love of All" before performing his uplifting song, "Today."
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