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NAACP Image Awards Announce Early Winners, ‘Detroit’ Wins Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

The 49th NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast tonight on TV One. But the organization announced some early winners.

Kathryn Bigelow’s, “Detroit” was selected as Outstanding Independent Motion Picture.

Bigelow released the following statement:

I am so grateful to the NAACP for recognizing DETROIT as this year’s Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. The film tells the story of events which took place at Detroit’s Algiers Motel in 1967 as civil unrest erupted in many of our great American cities.  The endemic racism, social inequality and abuse of power which precipitated this tragedy persist today as real threats to our freedom and the integrity of our social fabric.

 Given the racist and xenophobic views emanating from The White House this week, largely unchallenged in the halls of power, we must remain vigilant and uncompromising in demanding our leaders reflect our highest ideals as an inclusive democracy.

As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy, I’m reminded of his words in 1963, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

I share this honor with our talented and brave cast, peerless crew, my writing partner Mark Boal and the visionary team at Annapurna.

The nominees in this category included “Mudbound,” “Wind River,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” and “Last Flag Flying.”

Other early winners include Gina Prince-Bythewood for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Idris Elba for Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie/Limited Series for “Guerilla.”

The full list of winners will be available tonight following the broadcast.

Be sure to tune in to the 49th NAACP Image Awards on TV ONE at 9 PM ET.

Have you missed a precursor?  Click the “PRECURSORS 2017” tag to bring up all the prizes thus far!

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Written by Karen M. Peterson

Karen Peterson is a writer from Southern California. When she is not at the ballpark cheering on her LA Angels, she can usually be found in a movie theater or in front of the television. Karen is obsessed with awards shows, and loves everything from the smallest indie film to the biggest of big budget spectacles. She is also unapologetically in love with Tom Cruise.

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