NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

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The NAACP Image Award winners for Outstanding African-American Actors in a Motion Picture:

Actors with multiple wins[edit]

12 wins

  • Denzel Washington

8 wins

  • Morgan Freeman

2 wins

  • Danny Glover
  • Forest Whitaker

Actors with multiple nominations[edit]

17 nominations

  • Denzel Washington

9 nominations

  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Will Smith

8 nominations

  • Morgan Freeman

7 nominations

  • Samuel L. Jackson

4 nominations

  • Jamie Foxx
  • Danny Glover
  • Cuba Gooding Jr.

3 nominations

  • Don Cheadle
  • Idris Elba

2 nominations

  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Ice Cube
  • Taye Diggs
  • Gregory Hines
  • Terrence Howard
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Chris Tucker
  • Forest Whitaker

Winners and nominees[edit]

Year Actor Motion Picture Nominees
1967 N/A -
1968 N/A -
1969 Raymond St. Jacques Change Of Mind
1970 Jim Brown El Condor
1971 N/A -
1972 Billy Dee Williams Lady Sings The Blues
1974 Bernie Casey Maurie Bo Stevens - Maurie
1975 James Earl Jones Claudine
1976 Bill Cosby Let's Do It Again
1977 Billy Dee Williams The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
1978 Paul Winfield A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich
1979 Michael Jackson The Wiz
1980 LeVar Burton The Hunter
1981 Richard Pryor Bustin' Loose
1982 Louis Gossett Jr. An Officer and a Gentleman
1983 Eddie Murphy Trading Places
1984 Prince Purple Rain
1985 Adolph Caesar A Soldier's Story
1986 Gregory Hines Running Scared
1987 Danny Glover Lethal Weapon
1988 Denzel Washington Cry Freedom
1989 Morgan Freeman Lean on Me
1990 Morgan Freeman Driving Miss Daisy
1992 Wesley Snipes New Jack City
1993 Denzel Washington Mississippi Masala
1994 Denzel Washington Malcolm X Laurence Fishburne- What's Love Got to Do with It
Danny Glover- Bopha!
Sidney Poitier- Sneakers
Tupac Shakur- Poetic Justice
1996 Denzel Washington Crimson Tide James Earl Jones-Cry, Beloved Freedom
Gregory Hines-Waiting to Exhale
Laurence Fishburne-Othello
Morgan Freeman-Se7en
1997 Denzel Washington Courage Under Fire Ossie Davis-Get On the Bus
Cuba Gooding Jr.-Jerry Maguire
Eddie Murphy-The Nutty Professor
Samuel L. Jackson-The Long Kiss Goodnight
1998 Djimon Hounsou Amistad Ving Rhames-Rosewood
Samuel L. Jackson-Eve's Bayou
Larenz Tate-Love Jones
Laurence Fishburne-Hoodlum
1999 Danny Glover Beloved Chris Tucker-Rush Hour
Samuel L. Jackson-The Negotiator
Denzel Washington-He Got Game
Will Smith-Enemy of the State
2000 Denzel Washington The Hurricane Morris Chestnut-The Best Man
Taye Diggs-The Best Man
Michael Clarke Duncan-
The Green Mile
Laurence Fishburne-
The Matrix
2001 Denzel Washington Remember the Titans Omar Epps-Love & Basketball
Will Smith-The Legend of Bagger Vance
Cuba Gooding Jr.-Men of Honor
Samuel L. Jackson-Shaft
2002 Denzel Washington Training Day Will Smith-Ali
Chris Tucker-Rush Hour 2
Tyrese-Baby Boy
Morgan Freeman-Along Came a Spider
2003 Denzel Washington John Q Ice Cube-Barbershop
Taye Diggs-Brown Sugar
Samuel L. Jackson-Changing Lanes
Morgan Freeman-High Crimes
2004 Cuba Gooding, Jr. Radio Laurence Fishburne- The Matrix Revolutions
Will Smith- Bad Boys II
Denzel Washington-Out of Time
Samuel L. Jackson-S.W.A.T.
2005 Jamie Foxx Ray Don Cheadle-Hotel Rwanda
Will Smith-I, Robot
Mario Van Peebles-Baaadasssss!!!
Denzel Washington-Man on Fire
2006 Samuel L. Jackson Coach Carter Shemar Moore-Diary of a Mad Black Woman]
Terrence Howard-Hustle & Flow
Will Smith-Hitch
Laurence Fishburne- Assault on Precinct 13
2007 Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland Laurence Fishburne-Akeelah and the Bee
Jamie Foxx-Dreamgirls
Will Smith-The Pursuit of Happyness
Denzel Washington-Inside Man
2008 Denzel Washington The Great Debaters Will Smith-I Am Legend
Terrence Howard-Pride
Columbus Short-Stomp the Yard
Don Cheadle-Talk to Me
2009 Will Smith Seven Pounds Don Cheadle-Traitor
Rob Brown-The Express
Derek Luke-Miracle at St. Anna
Jeffrey Wright-Cadillac Records
2010 Morgan Freeman Invictus Idris Elba-Obsessed
Denzel Washington- The Taking of Pelham 123
Jamie Foxx-Law Abiding Citizen
Quinton Aaron-The Blind Side
2011 Denzel Washington The Book of Eli Jaden Smith-The Karate Kid
Morgan Freeman-RED
Common (rapper)-Just Wright
Anthony Mackie-Night Catches Us
2012 Laz Alonso Jumping the Broom Vin Diesel - Fast Five
Laurence Fishburne - Contagion
Oliver Litondo - The First Grader
Eddie Murphy - Tower Heist
2013 Denzel Washington Flight Jamie Foxx - Django Unchained
Suraj Sharma - Life of Pi
Morgan Freeman - The Magic of Belle Isle
Tyler Perry-Alex Cross
2014 Forest Whitaker Lee Daniels' The Butler Chadwick Boseman - 42
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Michael B. Jordan - Fruitvale Station
2015 David Oyelowo Selma Chadwick Boseman - Get On Up
Denzel Washington - The Equalizer
Idris Elba - No Good Deed
Nate Parker - Beyond the Lights

Performances that have won or been nominated for an Academy Award[edit]

Oscar-winning performances are indicated in bold.

  1. Louis Gossett Jr.- An Officer and a Gentleman
  2. Morgan Freeman- Driving Miss Daisy
  3. Denzel Washington- Malcolm X
  4. Laurence Fishburne - What's Love Got to Do with It
  5. Cuba Gooding Jr.- Jerry Maguire (did not win Image award for this performance)
  6. Denzel Washington- The Hurricane
  7. Michael Clarke Duncan- The Green Mile
  8. Denzel Washington- Training Day
  9. Will Smith- Ali
  10. Jamie Foxx- Ray
  11. Don Cheadle- Hotel Rwanda
  12. Terrence Howard- Hustle & Flow
  13. Forest Whitaker- The Last King of Scotland
  14. Will Smith- The Pursuit of Happyness
  15. Morgan Freeman - Invictus
  16. Denzel Washington- Flight
  17. Chiwetel Ejiofor- 12 Years a Slave