Actor Omar Dorsey accepts the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Drama Series” on behalf of “Queen Sugar” as the rest of the cast looks on. Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty

(LOS ANGELES, CA) – February 13, 2017 – On Saturday, the 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards were handed out during a star-studded ceremony in Pasadena, CA and 135th clients Moonlight (A24), “Queen Sugar” (OWN), “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN) and “Atlanta” (FX) took home the following trophies.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture: Moonlight
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film): Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film): Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Outstanding Drama Series: “Queen Sugar”
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Ava DuVernay, “Queen Sugar”
Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series: “Iyanla: Fix My Life”
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Donald Glover, “Atlanta”

In an unusual moment, Denzel Washington, who won “Best Actor” for Fences, gave a heartfelt shout out to Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, applauding him for his perseverance and success.

“I’m particularly proud and happy about the young filmmakers, actors, singers, writers, producers that are coming up behind my generation. In particular, Barry Jenkins. Young people, understand…this young man made 10, 15, 20 short films before he got the opportunity to make MOONLIGHT. So, never give up. Without commitment, you’ll never start. But more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish.”

[Credit: A24]

Watch Denzel’s full speech here:

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