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Oscar winners score again at Image Awards

March 05, 2007|From the Associated Press

Oscar winners Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson kept their winning streaks alive, while "Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington claimed a best actor prize at the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Friday. "Ugly Betty" took top television honors.

Hudson, a former "American Idol" finalist, garnered a best supporting actress award for her role in the musical "Dreamgirls," the same category she won at the Academy Awards. "There is nothing like being recognized and honored by your own," Hudson said.

Whitaker, who won a best actor Oscar for "The Last King of Scotland," earned the same prize at the NAACP ceremony, which honors projects and individuals who promote diversity in the arts. "Doing this role gave me so many blessings," said Whitaker, who plays Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the film. "One was being able to go back to Africa and touch my roots."

Washington, who has been sharply criticized for uttering a gay slur on the set of his hit show, scored best actor for a drama series. "I'm humbled and honored to be recognized by the NAACP," said Washington, who announced this year that he would seek help after receiving a torrent of negative publicity for his comments. "The first time I was up here I felt deserving of something," he added. "This time I feel privileged."

"The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith and his son, won best-picture honors. Keke Palmer nabbed best actress for "Akeelah and the Bee," and Djimon Hounsou took best supporting actor for "Blood Diamond."

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