Isaiah Washington, Grey's Anatomy Shine at 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards

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Isaiah Washington Shines
Oscar winners Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson kept their winning streaks alive, while Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington claimed a coveted prize at the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards Friday.

Washington, who has been sharply criticized for uttering a gay slur on the set of his hit show, scored Best Actor for a Drama Series.

"I'm humbled and honored to be recognized by the NAACP," said the 43-year-old Washington, who announced earlier this year he would seek counseling after receiving a torrent of negative publicity for his comments.

"The first time I was up here I felt deserving of something," the humble star added. "This time I feel privileged."

In addition, Grey's Anatomy won for Best Drama Series, Chandra Wilson won for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and creator Shonda Rhimes took home the honors for Best Writing in a Drama Series. While he did not win, James Pickens, Jr., was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and was on hand along with his fellow castmates.

Wilson, one of Grey's Anatomy's most honored stars, wished her deceased father was with her on what would have been his birthday.

"His little daughter is real happy to be standing here," she said.

"The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith and his son, won picture honors. Keke Palmer nabbed actress for "Akeelah and the Bee," and Djimon Hounsou took supporting actor for "Blood Diamond."

Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama won a literary nonfiction Image Award for his book, "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream." Obama did not attend the ceremony.

Prince, who was awarded best male music artist, read a poem about protecting the environment.

"Fifty years from now, what will they say about us?" Prince asked.

Isaiah Washington at NAACP

Congratulations to all who were victorious and honored for their fine work on this night. Follow the link for the complete list of winners:


Comedy Series: "Ugly Betty"
Director Of Comedy Series: Kenneth Whittingham, "The Office."
Actor In A Comedy Series: Tyler James Williams, "Everybody Hates Chris."
Actress In A Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, "Girlfriends."
Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series: Reggie Hayes, "Girlfriends"
Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series: Vanessa Williams, "Ugly Betty"
Writing In Comedy Series: Silvio Horta, "Ugly Betty."
Drama Series: "Grey's Anatomy"
Director Of Drama Series: Karen Gaviola, "The Whole Truth."
Actor In A Drama Series: Isaiah Washington. "Grey's Anatomy"
Actress In Drama Series: Kimberly Elise, "Close To Home."
Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Omar Epps, "House."
Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy"
Writing In Drama Series: Shonda Rhimes, "Grey's Anatomy," "It's The End Of The World...."
TV Movie, Miniseries, Or Dramatic Special: "When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts."
Actor In A TV Movie, Miniseries Or Dramatic Special: Kadeem Hardison, "Life Is Not A Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story."
Actress In A TV Movie, Miniseries Or Dramatic Special: Sophie Okonedo, "Tsunami, The Aftermath."
Actor In A Daytime Drama Series: Kristoff St. John, "The Young And The Restless."
Actress In A Daytime Drama Series: Tracy Ross, "Passions."
News, Talk Or Information, Series Or Special: Tavis Smiley, "Katrina--One Year Later."
Reality: "American Idol."
Variety Series Or Special: "An Evening Of Stars: Tribute To Stevie Wonder."
Children's Program: "That's So Raven"
Performance, Children's Program: Raven Symone. "That's So Raven"


Motion Picture:"The Pursuit Of Happyness."
Actor In A Motion Picture: Forest Whitaker, "The Last King Of Scotland."
Actress In A Motion Picture: Keke Palmer, "Akeelah And The Bee."
Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture: Djimon Hounsou, "Blood Diamond."
Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture: Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls."
Independent Or Foreign Film: "An Inconvenient Truth."
Director Of Motion Picture, Television Movie: Spike Lee, "The Inside Man."
Writing For Motion Picture, Television Movie: Doug Atchison, "Akeelah And The Bee."


Literary Work, Fiction: "Baby Brother's Blues," Pearl Cleage.
Literary Work, Nonfiction: "The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream," Barack Obama.
Debut Author: "Letters To A Young Brother," Hill Harper.
Biography, Autobiography: "The Pursuit Of Happyness," Christ Gardner.
Instructional: "Mama Made The Difference," T.D. Jakes.
Poetry: "Celebrations: Rituals Of Peace And Prayer," Maya Angelou.
Children: "Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People To Freedom," Carole Boston Weatherford.
Youth/Teens: "Letters To A Young Brother," Hill Harper.


New Artist: Corinne Bailey Rae.
Male Artist: Prince
Female Artist: Mary J. Blige.
Duo or Group: The Roots.
Jazz Artist: Glady Knight.
Gospel Artist, Traditional Or Contemporary: Kirk Franklin.
Music Video: Mary J. Blige, "Be Without You."
Song: "I Am Not My Hair," India.Arie.
Album: "Dreamgirls" (Soundtrack)

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I agree, congrats to Isaiah, Chandra, James, Shonda and the GA show.


This is certainly a proud achievement to us GA fans--what an honor for Isaiah Washington! And congratulations Chandra, James, and the rest of cast and crew!


Oops.....Congrats to Shonda, also!! No one would be here without your creative writing!


Congratulations to Isaiah, Chandra and the entire cast for a job well done!!! Congrats, also, to James Pickens on your nomination. You are all fantastic actors and I truly enjoying watching every week. Keep up the good work.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

When we say things like "people don't change" it drives scientist crazy because change is literally the only constant in all of science. Energy. Matter. It's always changing, morphing, merging, growing, dying. It's the way people try not to change that's unnatural. The way we cling to what things were instead of letting things be what they are. The way we cling to old memories instead of forming new ones. The way we insist on believing despite every scientific indication that anything in this lifetime is permanent. Change is constant. How we experience change that's up to us. It can feel like death or it can feel like a second chance at life. If we open our fingers, loosen our grips, go with it, it can feel like pure adrenaline. Like at any moment we can have another chance at life. Like at any moment, we can be born all over again.


Callie: Did anyone ever think you two were a couple?
Meredith: No, because we screw boys like whores on tequila.
Cristina: Then we either try to marry them or drown ourselves.
Callie: Huh.