NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

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This page lists the winners and nominees for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. There are several performances by actors that won or were nominated for Academy Awards, they are listed alongside a symbol.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.

1960s[edit]

Year Actor Film Ref
1969
Raymond St. Jacques Change of Mind [1]

1970s[edit]

Year Actor Film Ref
1970
Jim Brown El Condor [2]
1971
Donald Sutherland Klute [3]
Bill Cosby Man and Boy
Louis Gossett Jr. Skin Game
Moses Gunn Shaft
Tom Laughlin Billy Jack
Sidney Poitier The Organization
Richard Roundtree Shaft
Woody Strode Black Jesus
1972
Billy Dee Williams Lady Sings the Blues [4]
1973 N/A
1974
Bernie Casey Maurie [5]
Carl Anderson Jesus Christ Superstar
Lawrence Cook The Spook Who Sat by the Door
Sidney Poitier A Warm December
Bo Svenson Maurie
1975
James Earl Jones Claudine [6]
Bill Cosby Uptown Saturday Night
Leonard Jackson Five on the Black Hand Side
Roger Robinson Newman's Law
Jon Voight Conrack
1976
Bill Cosby Let's Do It Again [7]
1977
Billy Dee Williams The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings [8]
1978
Paul Winfield A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich [9]
1979
Michael Jackson The Wiz [10]

1980s[edit]

Year Actor Film Ref
1980
LeVar Burton The Hunter [11]
1981
Richard Pryor Bustin' Loose [12]
1982
Louis Gossett Jr. An Officer and a Gentleman [13]
1983
Eddie Murphy Trading Places [14]
1984
Prince Purple Rain [15]
1985
Adolph Caesar A Soldier's Story [16]
1986
Gregory Hines Running Scared [17]
1987
Danny Glover Lethal Weapon [18]
Robert Guillaume Wanted: Dead or Alive
Dexter Gordon 'Round Midnight
Robert Townsend Hollywood Shuffle
Eddie Murphy Beverly Hills Cop II
1988
Denzel Washington Cry Freedom [19]
Gregory Hines Off Limits
Eddie Murphy Coming to America
Sidney Poitier Shoot to Kill
Carl Weathers Action Jackson
1989
Morgan Freeman Lean on Me [20]
Spike Lee Do the Right Thing
Denzel Washington The Mighty Quinn
Gregory Hines Tap
Danny Glover Lethal Weapon 2

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Film Ref
1990
Morgan Freeman Driving Miss Daisy [21]
1991 N/A
1992
Wesley Snipes New Jack City [22]
Cuba Gooding, Jr. Boyz n the Hood
Ice Cube Boyz n the Hood
Laurence Fishburne Boyz n the Hood
Danny Glover To Sleep with Anger
1993
Denzel Washington Mississippi Masala [23]
Eddie Murphy Boomerang
Laurence Fishburne Deep Cover
Wesley Snipes White Men Can't Jump
Danny Glover Grand Canyon
1994
Denzel Washington Malcolm X [24]
Laurence Fishburne What's Love Got to Do with It
Danny Glover Bopha!
Sidney Poitier Sneakers
Tupac Shakur Poetic Justice
1995 N/A
1996
Denzel Washington Crimson Tide [25]
Laurence Fishburne Othello
Morgan Freeman Se7en
Gregory Hines Waiting to Exhale
James Earl Jones Cry, the Beloved Country
1997
Denzel Washington Courage Under Fire [26]
Ossie Davis Get on the Bus
Cuba Gooding, Jr. Jerry Maguire
Samuel L. Jackson The Long Kiss Goodnight
Eddie Murphy The Nutty Professor
1998
Djimon Hounsou Amistad [27]
Laurence Fishburne Hoodlum
Samuel L. Jackson Eve's Bayou
Ving Rhames Rosewood
Larenz Tate Love Jones
1999
Danny Glover Beloved [28]
Samuel L. Jackson The Negotiator
Will Smith Enemy of the State
Chris Tucker Rush Hour
Denzel Washington He Got Game

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Film Ref
2000
Denzel Washington The Hurricane [29]
Morris Chestnut The Best Man
Taye Diggs The Best Man
Michael Clarke Duncan The Green Mile
Laurence Fishburne The Matrix
2001
Denzel Washington Remember the Titans [30]
Omar Epps Love & Basketball
Cuba Gooding, Jr. Men of Honor
Samuel L. Jackson Shaft
Will Smith The Legend of Bagger Vance
2002
Denzel Washington Training Day [31]
Morgan Freeman Along Came a Spider
Will Smith Ali
Chris Tucker Rush Hour 2
Tyrese Baby Boy
2003
Denzel Washington John Q [32]
Taye Diggs Brown Sugar
Morgan Freeman High Crimes
Ice Cube Barbershop
Samuel L. Jackson Changing Lanes
2004
Cuba Gooding, Jr. Radio [33]
Laurence Fishburne The Matrix Revolutions
Samuel L. Jackson S.W.A.T.
Will Smith Bad Boys II
Denzel Washington Out of Time
2005
Jamie Foxx Ray [34]
Don Cheadle Hotel Rwanda
Will Smith I, Robot
Mario Van Peebles Baadasssss!
Denzel Washington Man on Fire
2006
Samuel L. Jackson Coach Carter [35]
Laurence Fishburne Assault on Precinct 13
Terrence Howard Hustle & Flow
Shemar Moore Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Will Smith Hitch
2007
Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland [36]
Laurence Fishburne Akeelah and the Bee
Jamie Foxx Dreamgirls
Will Smith The Pursuit of Happyness
Denzel Washington Inside Man
2008
Denzel Washington The Great Debaters [37]
Don Cheadle Talk to Me
Terrence Howard Pride
Columbus Short Stomp the Yard
Will Smith I Am Legend
2009
Will Smith Seven Pounds [38]
Rob Brown The Express
Don Cheadle Traitor
Derek Luke Miracle at St. Anna
Jeffrey Wright Cadillac Records

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Film Ref
2010
Morgan Freeman Invictus [39]
Quinton Aaron The Blind Side
Idris Elba Obsessed
Jamie Foxx Law Abiding Citizen
Denzel Washington The Taking of Pelham 123
2011
Denzel Washington The Book of Eli [40]
Common Just Wright
Morgan Freeman RED
Anthony Mackie Night Catches Us
Jaden Smith The Karate Kid
2012
Laz Alonso Jumping the Broom [41]
Vin Diesel Fast Five
Laurence Fishburne Contagion
Oliver Litondo The First Grader
Eddie Murphy Tower Heist
2013
Denzel Washington Flight [42]
Jamie Foxx Django Unchained
Morgan Freeman The Magic of Belle Isle
Tyler Perry Alex Cross
Suraj Sharma Life of Pi
2014
Forest Whitaker Lee Daniels' The Butler [43]
Chadwick Boseman 42
Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Michael B. Jordan Fruitvale Station
2015
David Oyelowo Selma [44]
Chadwick Boseman Get On Up
Idris Elba No Good Deed
Nate Parker Beyond the Lights
Denzel Washington The Equalizer
2016
Michael B. Jordan Creed [45]
Abraham Attah Beasts of No Nation
Michael Ealy The Perfect Guy
Chiwetel Ejiofor Secret in Their Eyes
Will Smith Concussion
2017
Denzel Washington Fences [46]
Don Cheadle Miles Ahead
Stephan James Race
Nate Parker The Birth of a Nation
Will Smith Collateral Beauty

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]

Wins[edit]

Nominations[edit]

References[edit]

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