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:

Winners and nominees[edit]

Year Actor Film Other nominees
1967 N/A - -
1968 N/A - -
1969 Raymond St. Jacques Change of Mind -
1970 Jim Brown El Condor -
1971 Donald Sutherland Klute -
1972 Billy Dee Williams Lady Sings The Blues -
1974 Bernie Casey Maurie Bo SvensonMaurie
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 FishburneWhat's Love Got to Do with It
Danny GloverBopha!
Sidney PoitierSneakers
Tupac ShakurPoetic Justice
1996 Denzel Washington Crimson Tide James Earl JonesCry, Beloved Freedom
Gregory HinesWaiting to Exhale
Laurence FishburneOthello
Morgan FreemanSe7en
1997 Denzel Washington Courage Under Fire Ossie DavisGet on the Bus
Cuba Gooding, Jr.Jerry Maguire
Eddie MurphyThe Nutty Professor
Samuel L. JacksonThe Long Kiss Goodnight
1998 Djimon Hounsou Amistad Ving RhamesRosewood
Samuel L. JacksonEve's Bayou
Larenz TateLove Jones
Laurence FishburneHoodlum
1999 Danny Glover Beloved Chris TuckerRush Hour
Samuel L. JacksonThe Negotiator
Denzel WashingtonHe Got Game
Will SmithEnemy of the State
2000 Denzel Washington The Hurricane Morris ChestnutThe Best Man
Taye DiggsThe Best Man
Michael Clarke DuncanThe Green Mile
Laurence FishburneThe Matrix
2001 Denzel Washington Remember the Titans Omar EppsLove & Basketball
Will SmithThe Legend of Bagger Vance
Cuba Gooding, Jr.Men of Honor
Samuel L. JacksonShaft
2002 Denzel Washington Training Day Will SmithAli
Chris TuckerRush Hour 2
TyreseBaby Boy
Morgan FreemanAlong Came a Spider
2003 Denzel Washington John Q Ice CubeBarbershop
Taye DiggsBrown Sugar
Samuel L. JacksonChanging Lanes
Morgan FreemanHigh Crimes
2004 Cuba Gooding, Jr. Radio Laurence FishburneThe Matrix Revolutions
Will SmithBad Boys II
Denzel WashingtonOut of Time
Samuel L. JacksonS.W.A.T.
2005 Jamie Foxx Ray Don CheadleHotel Rwanda
Will SmithI, Robot
Mario Van PeeblesBaadasssss!
Denzel WashingtonMan on Fire
2006 Samuel L. Jackson Coach Carter Shemar MooreDiary of a Mad Black Woman
Terrence HowardHustle & Flow
Will SmithHitch
Laurence FishburneAssault on Precinct 13
2007 Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland Laurence FishburneAkeelah and the Bee
Jamie FoxxDreamgirls
Will SmithThe Pursuit of Happyness
Denzel WashingtonInside Man
2008 Denzel Washington The Great Debaters Will SmithI Am Legend
Terrence HowardPride
Columbus ShortStomp the Yard
Don CheadleTalk to Me
2009 Will Smith Seven Pounds Don CheadleTraitor
Rob BrownThe Express
Derek LukeMiracle at St. Anna
Jeffrey WrightCadillac Records
2010 Morgan Freeman Invictus Idris ElbaObsessed
Denzel WashingtonThe Taking of Pelham 123
Jamie FoxxLaw Abiding Citizen
Quinton AaronThe Blind Side
2011 Denzel Washington The Book of Eli Jaden SmithThe Karate Kid
Morgan FreemanRED
CommonJust Wright
Anthony MackieNight Catches Us
2012 Laz Alonso Jumping the Broom Vin DieselFast Five
Laurence FishburneContagion
Oliver Litondo — The First Grader
Eddie MurphyTower Heist
2013 Denzel Washington Flight Jamie FoxxDjango Unchained
Suraj SharmaLife of Pi
Morgan FreemanThe Magic of Belle Isle
Tyler PerryAlex Cross
2014 Forest Whitaker Lee Daniels' The Butler Chadwick Boseman42
Chiwetel Ejiofor12 Years a Slave
Idris ElbaMandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Michael B. JordanFruitvale Station
2015 David Oyelowo Selma Chadwick BosemanGet On Up
Denzel WashingtonThe Equalizer
Idris ElbaNo Good Deed
Nate ParkerBeyond the Lights
2016 Michael B. Jordan Creed Abraham AttahBeasts of No Nation
Chiwetel EjioforSecret in Their Eyes
Michael EalyThe Perfect Guy
Will SmithConcussion


Most Wins[edit]

  • 12 (Denzel Washington); 3 (Morgan Freeman); 2 (Billy Dee Williams, Danny Glover, Forest Whitaker)

Most Nominations[edit]

  • 18 (Denzel Washington); 10 (Will Smith); 8 (Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne); 7 (Samuel L. Jackson)

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. Adolph Caesar - A Soldier's Story
  3. Denzel Washington - Cry Freedom
  4. Morgan FreemanDriving Miss Daisy
  5. Denzel WashingtonMalcolm X
  6. Laurence FishburneWhat's Love Got to Do with It
  7. Cuba Gooding Jr.Jerry Maguire (did not win Image Award for this performance)
  8. Denzel WashingtonThe Hurricane
  9. Michael Clarke DuncanThe Green Mile
  10. Denzel WashingtonTraining Day
  11. Will SmithAli
  12. Jamie FoxxRay
  13. Don CheadleHotel Rwanda
  14. Terrence HowardHustle & Flow
  15. Forest WhitakerThe Last King of Scotland
  16. Will SmithThe Pursuit of Happyness
  17. Morgan FreemanInvictus
  18. Denzel WashingtonFlight
  19. Chiwetel Ejiofor12 Years a Slave