The story of Rosa Parks won two NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, although the civil rights pioneer shunned the event over its nominations for the film Barbershop, which features a character making unflattering jokes about her and other black leaders.
CBS' The Rosa Parks Story won both its nominations: best TV movie and best TV movie actress for Angela Bassett, who starred as Parks.
"(Parks) wants to thank the NAACP for lifting her up. She wants to thank all of you for loving her," executive producer Willis Edwards, said onstage on her behalf.
"She was not happy with what was said about her and she has a right to do that. She has the right not to come," he said backstage, adding he believes she will stay committed to the NAACP despite the rift.
Meanwhile, Barbershop lost all five of its nominations, including a supporting actor bid for Cedric the Entertainer, who hosted the awards and played the character whose remarks started the uproar.
Show business professionals and NAACP officials from across the country choose the Image Award winners. Among other winners were Halle Berry, who got the film supporting actress award for the James Bond film Die Another Day; Antwone Fisher for best picture; and Denzel Washington, who won supporting actor for that film and lead actor for John Q. Bassett also won best movie actress for the drama Sunshine State.
Martin comedy packs the houses
Bringing Down the House, a comedy starring Queen Latifah and Steve Martin, took in $31.7-million to debut as the weekend's No. 1 film, studios estimated Sunday. The Bruce Willis war movie Tears of the Sun took in $17.2-million to open at No. 2. Old School dropped to No. 3 with $9.2-million, and Chicago stayed strong in its 11th weekend, with $6.9-million at No. 4.