Ava DuVernay went viral on Monday night after she delivered one heck of a speech during the NAACP Image Awards.
The female director was named Entertainer of the Year and during her acceptance speech, took a moment to speak about the Black community using our voices to create change.
“This is our time,” DuVernay said while talking about Black power players such as Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris. “We can say we were here when all this gorgeous art was happening, and that we supported it — that we lifted each other up, that we did as Dr. King said we would do: Live the dream. We’re the dream.”
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 16, 2018
Following the impeccable speech, viewers jumped on social media to praise DuVernay for her powerful message. “#AvaDuVernay acceptance speech on the #NAACPAwards got me JUICED to be an actor in Hollywood at this time,” one person tweeted.
Someone else wrote, “OK, redemption for the losses AVADUVERNAY , ENTERTAINER OF year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
See full list of winners from the televised show below:
Entertainer of the Year
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer, Gifted (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Outstanding Motion Picture
Girls Trip (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish (ABC)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish (ABC)
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Omari Hardwick, Power (Starz)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Taraji P. Henson, Empire (FOX)
Outstanding Drama Series