NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

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The NAACP Image Award winners for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture:. It is also called Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture.[1]

Number of performances that won or were nominated for Academy Awards:

Winners and nominees[edit]


Year Actress Film
1969 (3rd) Estelle Evans The Learning Tree


Year Actress Film
1970 Barbara McNair If He Hollers Let Him Go
1971 Jane Fonda[2] -
1972 Diana Ross Lady Sings The Blues
1974 Ester Anderson[3] -
1975 Diahann Carroll Claudine
1976 Denise Nicholas Let's Do It Again
1977 Cicely Tyson River Niger
1978 Cicely Tyson A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich
1979 Mavis Washington Fastbreak


Year Actress Film Other nominees
1980 NOT AWARDED - -
1981 NOT AWARDED - -
1982 Jayne Kennedy Body and Soul Wilhelmenia FernandezDiva
Rosalind CashWrong is Right
1983 NOT AWARDED - -
1984 Alfre Woodard
Jennifer Beals
Cross Creek
1985 NOT AWARDED - -
1986 Tina Turner Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome -
1987 NOT AWARDED - -
1988 Whoopi Goldberg The Color Purple -
1989 NOT AWARDED - -


Year Actress Film Other nominees
1990 Whoopi Goldberg Fatal Beauty -
1991 Ruby Dee Do The Right Thing -
1992 NOT AWARDED - -
1993 Whoopi Goldberg The Long Walk Home -
1994 Whoopi Goldberg Sister Act -
1995 Angela Bassett What's Love Got to Do with It Alfre WoodardBopha!
Janet JacksonPoetic Justice
Leleti KhumaloSarafina!
Whitney HoustonThe Bodyguard
1996 Angela Bassett Waiting to Exhale Whoopi GoldbergBoys on the Side
Jennifer BealsDevil in a Blue Dress
Halle BerryLosing Isaiah
Whitney HoustonWaiting to Exhale
1997 Whitney Houston The Preacher's Wife Jada Pinkett SmithSet It Off
Queen LatifahSet It Off
Phylicia RashadOnce Upon a Time... When We Were Colored
Whoopi GoldbergGhosts of Mississippi
1998 Vanessa L. Williams Soul Food Lynn WhitfieldEve's Bayou
Nia LongLove Jones
Vivica A. FoxSoul Food
Pam GrierJackie Brown
1999 Angela Bassett How Stella Got Her Groove Back Halle BerryBulworth
Regina KingEnemy of the State
Alfre WoodardDown in the Delta
Oprah WinfreyBeloved


Year Actress Film Other nominees
2000 Nia Long The Best Man Monica CalhounThe Best Man
Debbi MorganThe Hurricane
Lisa Gay HamiltonTrue Crime
Rosario DawsonLight It Up
2001 Sanaa Lathan Love and Basketball Jada Pinkett SmithBamboozled
Nia LongBig Momma's House
Angela BassettBoesman and Lena
Vanessa L. WilliamsShaft
2002 Halle Berry Swordfish Regina KingDown to Earth
Alfre WoodardK-PAX
Vivica A. FoxTwo Can Play That Game
Whoopi GoldbergKingdom Come
2003 Angela Bassett Sunshine State Jennifer LopezMaid in Manhattan
Sanaa LathanBrown Sugar
Vivica A. FoxJuwanna Mann
Thandie NewtonThe Truth About Charlie
2004 Queen Latifah Bringing Down the House Beyoncé KnowlesThe Fighting Temptations
Halle BerryGothika
Keisha Castle-HughesWhale Rider
Gabrielle UnionDeliver Us from Eva
2005 Kerry Washington Ray Irma P. HallThe Ladykillers
Kimberly EliseWoman Thou Art Loosed
Gabrielle UnionBreakin' All the Rules
Angela BassettMr. 3000
2006 Kimberly Elise Diary of a Mad Black Woman Rosario DawsonRent
Zoe SaldanaGuess Who
Queen LatifahBeauty Shop
Ziyi ZhangMemoirs of a Geisha
2007 Keke Palmer Akeelah and the Bee Beyoncé KnowlesDreamgirls
Sanaa LathanSomething New
Queen LatifahLast Holiday
Penélope CruzVolver
2008 Jurnee Smollett The Great Debaters Taraji P. HensonTalk to Me
Halle BerryThings We Lost in the Fire
Jill ScottWhy Did I Get Married?
Angelina JolieA Mighty Heart
2009 Rosario Dawson Seven Pounds Angela BassettMeet the Browns
Queen LatifahThe Secret Life of Bees
Dakota FanningThe Secret Life of Bees
Alfre WoodardThe Family That Preys


Year Actress Film Other nominees
2010 Gabourey Sidibe Precious Taraji P. HensonI Can Do Bad All By Myself
Sandra BullockThe Blind Side
Anika Noni RoseThe Princess and the Frog
Sophie OkonedoSkin
2011 Halle Berry Frankie and Alice Janet JacksonWhy Did I Get Married Too?
Queen LatifahJust Wright
Kerry WashingtonNight Catches Us
Zoe SaldanaThe Losers
2012 Viola Davis The Help Emma StoneThe Help
Adepero OduyePariah
Zoe SaldanaColombiana
Paula PattonJumping the Broom
2013 Viola Davis Won't Back Down Halle BerryCloud Atlas
Emayatzy CorinealdiMiddle of Nowhere
Loretta DevineIn the Hive
Quvenzhane WallisBeasts of the Southern Wild
2014 Angela Bassett Black Nativity Nicole Beharie42
Halle BerryThe Call
Jennifer HudsonWinnie Mandela
Kerry WashingtonPeeples
2015 Taraji P. Henson No Good Deed Viola DavisThe Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
Gugu Mbatha-RawBelle
Tessa ThompsonDear White People
Quvenzhané WallisAnnie
2016 Sanaa Lathan The Perfect Guy Viola DavisLila & Eve
Keke PalmerBrotherly Love
Teyonah ParrisChi-Raq
Zoe SaldanaInfinitely Polar Bear

(1) "Out of 12 films which featured African-Americans in leading roles in 1980, Cicely Tyson was the only female in that category. She played opposite Richard Pryor in Bustin' Loose. Because of this, she and officials at the annual NAACP image Awards program decided that she should not accept the award."

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]


  • 5 (Angela Bassett); 4 (Whoopi Goldberg)


  • 8 (Angela Bassett, Halle Berry), 7 (Whoopi Goldberg), 6 (Queen Latifah), 5 (Alfre Woodard)


  1. ^ "1986 Image Award Winners". Imdb. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ "1971 Image Award Winners". Imdb. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ "1974 Image Award Winners". Imdb. Retrieved May 17, 2016.