Film, TV & Stage

Estelle, Michael B Jordan and Straight Outta Compton cast among NAACP Award winners

WINNER: Michael B Jordan

WINNER: Michael B Jordan

CREED STAR Michael B Jordan and the film’s director Ryan Coogler cleaned up at yesterday’s (Feb 5) NAACP Image Awards.

The double act, age 28 and 29 respectively, took home four awards between them.

Michael was honoured with Entertainer of the Year and Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

While Ryan was presented with Outstanding Director in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Writer in a Motion Picture, both for Creed, which he co-wrote.

“NUTS! So excited,” Michael tweeted after the ceremony. “I know exactly how [co-star] Sylvester Stallone felt after receiving his Golden Globe.”

He also offered advice to young people watching at home and challenged them to “become the best version of themselves they could be”.

“Don’t feel like the path you have to choose is JUST an entertainer,” he said. “Create the next formula or medical procedure. Become a chemist, engineer, lawyer, politician, writer, director [or] producer. You living your life to your full potential inspires me.”

YOUNG STARS REIGN SUPREME: (Clockwise from left) Estelle, Ryan Coogler, Marsai Martin, Straight Outta Compton cast (Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell and O'Shea Jackson) and Michael B Jordan

YOUNG STARS REIGN SUPREME: (Clockwise from left) Estelle, Ryan Coogler, Marsai Martin, Straight Outta Compton cast (Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell and O’Shea Jackson) and Michael B Jordan

The young cast of NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, finally got their moment walking away with Outstanding Motion Picture.

“Thank you, thank you and thank you,” wrote one of the film’s stars Jason Mitchell, who took on the role of rap pioneer Eazy-E in the film.

O’Shea Jackson, who played his father Ice Cube in the box office hit, was awarded Best Supporting Actor.

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy series went to 11-year-old Marsai Martin for her role in BET’s Black-ish.

The teenage star was presented with her award by co-stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis-Ross.

“Thank you for presenting the award, it made it even more special to win,” Marsai said in a post on Instagram later.

And UK songstress Estelle was recognised for her single Conqueror, which featured on hit TV show Empire as a duet with one of the show’s stars, Jussie Smollett.

She was awarded Outstanding Duo or Group on the night.

An NAACP Image Award is an accolade presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honour outstanding people of colour in film, television, music and literature

The award ceremony was first presented in 1967 and was first nationally televised in 1994 on the Fox Network.

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