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‘12 Years’ collects top Image Awards

“12 Years a Slave” swept the film categories at the NAACP Image Awards with four wins.

The historical epic’s prizes at Saturday’s 45th annual ceremony honoring diversity in the arts included outstanding motion picture, directing for Steve McQueen, writing for John Ridley and supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o.

Kevin Hart won as entertainer of the year and actor in a comedy series for “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” his BET reality TV lampoon that was also selected as outstanding comedy series.

Kerry Washington picked up her fifth Image Award: outstanding actress in a drama series for her role as crisis management consultant Olivia Pope on ABC’s “Scandal,” which was also honored as outstanding drama series.

Other winners David Oyelowo as supporting actor in a motion picture for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

Forest Whitaker won the actor in a motion picture prize for “The Butler.” Angela Bassett was the best actress in a motion picture for “Black Nativity.”

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