Denzel Washington keeps bringing home the trophies. Last year’s historic Oscar winner picked up three more prizes at Saturday’s NAACP Image Awards. He took home two for ”Antwone Fisher,” for producing and starring in a supporting role in the movie, and he earned a third for his leading role in ”John Q,” his sixth Best Actor award in eight years. Angela Bassett, who played Washington’s wife a decade ago in ”Malcolm X,” won two Best Actress awards, for her starring roles in the movie ”Sunshine State” and the made-for-TV biopic ”The Rosa Parks Story.”
Civil rights icon Parks was present in spirit, though not in the flesh. While the CBS biopic earned two awards (one for Bassett, one for Best TV Movie), the 90-year-old Parks declined to attend the ceremony at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre, saying through a spokesperson that she was staying home to protest the recognition afforded ”Barbershop,” in which Cedric the Entertainer’s character jokingly belittled her historic achievements. Nonetheless, despite five nominations (and Cedric’s role as the ceremony’s emcee), ”Barbershop” went home empty-handed. So did ”Brown Sugar,” despite the romantic comedy’s eight nominations.
Other honorees included Halle Berry, named Best Supporting Actress in a movie for her role as Jinx in ”Die Another Day.” Washington and Berry inducted filmmaker Spike Lee, who gave them both big career breaks, into the Image Awards’ Hall of Fame. Danny Glover won the Chairman’s Award for his human rights work. The ceremony, now in its 38th year, was taped for broadcast on Fox this Thursday, March 13.