NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

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This article lists the winners and nominees for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. The award was introduced in 1970 and was awarded sporadically until its permanent feature from 1995 onwards. Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington currently hold the record for most wins in this category, with four each.

Winners and nominees[edit]

For each year in the tables below, the winner is listed first and highlighted in bold.


Year Actor Film Ref
1970 Redd Foxx Cotton Comes to Harlem [citation needed]
1972 Roscoe Lee Browne The Cowboys [citation needed]
1977 DeWayne Jessie The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings [citation needed]


Year Actor Film Ref
1982 Moses Gunn Ragtime [citation needed]
1983 Scatman Crothers Twilight Zone: The Movie [citation needed]
1985 Denzel Washington A Soldier's Story [citation needed]
1986 Denzel Washington Power [citation needed]
1987 Mario Van Peebles Heartbreak Ridge [1]
William Allen Young Wisdom
Alex English Amazing Grace and Chuck
Bill Duke Predator
Michael Winslow Police Academy 4
1988 Arsenio Hall Coming to America [2]
1989 Ossie Davis Do the Right Thing [3]
Sammy Davis Jr. Tap
Robert Guillaume Lean on Me
Robert Townsend The Mighty Quinn
Carl Lumbly Everybody's All-American
James Earl Jones Field of Dreams


Year Actor Film Ref
1990 Denzel Washington Glory [citation needed]
1994 Al Freeman Jr. Malcolm X [4]
Wolfgang Bodison A Few Good Men
Delroy Lindo Malcolm X
Denzel Washington Much Ado About Nothing
Forest Whitaker The Crying Game
1996 Laurence Fishburne Higher Learning [5]
Don Cheadle Devil in a Blue Dress
Charles S. Dutton Cry, the Beloved Country
Cuba Gooding Jr. Outbreak
Ice Cube Higher Learning
1997 Samuel L. Jackson A Time to Kill [6]
Charles S. Dutton A Time to Kill
Delroy Lindo Ransom
Blair Underwood Set It Off
Forest Whitaker Phenomenon
1998 Morgan Freeman Amistad [citation needed]
Don Cheadle Rosewood
Vondie Curtis-Hall Eve's Bayou
Danny Glover The Rainmaker
Clarence Williams III Hoodlum
1999 Morgan Freeman Deep Impact [7]
Andre Braugher City of Angels
Don Cheadle Bulworth
Cuba Gooding Jr. What Dreams May Come
Chris Rock Lethal Weapon 4


Year Actor Film Ref
2000 Terrence Howard The Best Man [citation needed]
Charles S. Dutton Cookie's Fortune
LL Cool J Deep Blue Sea
Harold Perrineau The Best Man
Clarence Williams III The General's Daughter
2001 Blair Underwood Rules of Engagement [citation needed]
Morgan Freeman Nurse Betty
Wood Harris Remember the Titans
Ving Rhames Mission: Impossible 2
Billy Dee Williams The Visit
2002 Jamie Foxx Ali [citation needed]
Anthony Anderson Two Can Play That Game
Cedric the Entertainer Kingdom Come
Ving Rhames Baby Boy
Mario Van Peebles Ali
2003 Denzel Washington Antwone Fisher [citation needed]
Anthony Anderson Barbershop
Cedric the Entertainer
Mos Def Brown Sugar
Boris Kodjoe
2004 Morgan Freeman Bruce Almighty [8]
Charles S. Dutton Gothika
Djimon Hounsou In America
Bernie Mac Head of State
Forest Whitaker Phone Booth
2005 Morgan Freeman Million Dollar Baby [citation needed]
Don Cheadle Ocean's Twelve
Jamie Foxx Collateral
Clifton Powell Ray
C.J. Sanders
2006 Terrence Howard Crash [citation needed]
Anthony Anderson Hustle & Flow
Don Cheadle Crash
Larenz Tate
2007 Djimon Hounsou Blood Diamond [citation needed]
Harry Belafonte Bobby
Danny Glover Dreamgirls
Eddie Murphy Dreamgirls
Jaden Smith The Pursuit of Happyness
2008 Denzel Whitaker The Great Debaters [citation needed]
Chiwetel Ejiofor Talk to Me
Nate Parker The Great Debaters
Tyler Perry Why Did I Get Married?
Forest Whitaker The Great Debaters
2009 Columbus Short Cadillac Records [citation needed]
Cedric the Entertainer Cadillac Records
Mos Def
Nate Parker The Secret Life of Bees
Dev Patel Slumdog Millionaire


Year Actor Film Ref
2010 Adam Rodriguez I Can Do Bad All By Myself [citation needed]
Chiwetel Ejiofor 2012
Danny Glover
Lenny Kravitz Precious
Anthony Mackie The Hurt Locker
2011 Samuel L. Jackson Mother and Child [citation needed]
Don Cheadle Brooklyn's Finest
Michael Ealy For Colored Girls
Idris Elba Takers
Justin Timberlake The Social Network
2012 Mike Epps Jumping the Broom [citation needed]
Don Cheadle The Guard
Anthony Mackie The Adjustment Bureau
Charles Parnell Pariah
Jeffrey Wright The Ides of March
2013 Samuel L. Jackson Django Unchained [9]
Don Cheadle Flight
Dwight Henry Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lenny Kravitz The Hunger Games
David Oyelowo Middle of Nowhere
2014 David Oyelowo Lee Daniels' The Butler [10]
Morris Chestnut The Best Man Holiday
Terrence Howard
Lee Daniels' The Butler
Cuba Gooding Jr.
2015 Common Selma [11]
Cedric the Entertainer Top Five
Danny Glover Beyond the Lights
André Holland Selma
Wendell Pierce
2016 O'Shea Jackson Jr. Straight Outta Compton [12]
Chiwetel Ejiofor The Martian
Idris Elba Beasts of No Nation
Corey Hawkins Straight Outta Compton
Forest Whitaker Southpaw
2017 Mahershala Ali Moonlight [13]
Chadwick Boseman Captain America: Civil War
Alano Miller Loving
David Oyelowo Queen of Katwe
Trevante Rhodes Moonlight
2018 Idris Elba Thor: Ragnarok [14]
Nnamdi Asomugha Crown Heights
Sterling K. Brown Marshall
Laurence Fishburne Last Flag Flying
Lil Rel Howery Get Out
2019 Michael B. Jordan Black Panther
Mahershala Ali Green Book
Winston Duke Black Panther
Brian Tyree Henry If Beale Street Could Talk
Russell Hornsby The Hate U Give


Year Actor Film Ref
2020 Jamie Foxx Just Mercy
Sterling K. Brown Waves
Tituss Burgess Dolemite Is My Name
Leslie Odom Jr. Harriet
Wesley Snipes Dolemite Is My Name
2021 Chadwick Boseman Da 5 Bloods [15]
Aldis Hodge One Night in Miami...
Clarke Peters Da 5 Bloods
Colman Domingo Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Glynn Turman
2022 Daniel Kaluuya Judas and the Black Messiah [16]
Algee Smith Judas and the Black Messiah
Delroy Lindo The Harder They Fall
Idris Elba
Lakeith Stanfield
2023 Tenoch Huerta Black Panther: Wakanda Forever [17]
John Boyega The Woman King
Jalyn Hall Till
Aldis Hodge Black Adam
Cliff Smith On the Come Up

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]




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  10. ^ Couch, Aaron (February 22, 2014). "2014 Image Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  11. ^ Washington, Arlene (February 6, 2015). "2015 Image Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
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  14. ^ "NAACP Image Awards: 'Marshall,' 'Get Out,' 'Girls Trip' Dominate Film Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. January 11, 2018. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  15. ^ Bosselman, Haley (March 28, 2021). "NAACP Image Awards 2021: The Complete Televised Winners List". Variety. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  16. ^ "NAACP Image Awards". NAACP Image Awards. February 26, 2022.
  17. ^ "Nominees". NAACP Image Awards. Retrieved 2023-05-28.