“Doc McStuffins,” “Soul” among animation-related winners at 2021 NAACP Image Awards

Doc McStuffins

Updated on December 10, 2021

This year’s NAACP Image Awards were (virtually) held last weekend. Here’s a look at the animation-related winners; a full list of all winners is available here. Animation-related nominees are in italics; category winners are in bold.

Outstanding Children’s Program

  • Family Reunion (Netflix)
  • Craig of the Creek (Cartoon Network)
  • Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices (Netflix)
  • Raven’s Home (Disney Channel)
  • We Are the Dream: The Kids of Oakland MLK Oratorical (HBO)

Outstanding Animated Program

  • Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
  • Big Mouth (Netflix)
  • Central Park (Apple TV+)
  • She-Ra and the Princess of Power (Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks (Paramount+)

Outstanding Character Voice-over Performance (Television)

  • Laya DeLeon Hayes (“Doc McStuffins”)
  • Aisha Tyler (“Archer”)
  • Dawnn Lewis (“Star Trek: Lower Decks”)
  • Deon Cole (“Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts”)
  • Courtney B. Vance (“Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story”)

Outstanding Short-Form Series, Comedy or Drama

  • #FreeRayshawn (Quibi)
  • Lazor Wulf (Adult Swim)
  • Sincerely, Camille (OWN)
  • CripTales (BBC America)
  • Mapleworth Murders (Quibi)

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album

  • Soul
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Insecure
  • Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture

  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Soul
  • The Banker
  • Da 5 Bloods
  • Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Outstanding Animated Motion Picture

  • Soul
  • Trolls World Tour
  • Onward
  • Over the Moon
  • Scoob!

Outstanding Character Voice-over Performance, Motion Picture

  • Jamie Foxx (“Soul”)
  • Phylicia Rashad (“Soul”)
  • Ahmir-Khalib Thompson aka Questlove (“Soul”)
  • Angela Bassett (“Soul”)
  • Chris Rock (“The Witches”)

Outstanding Short Form (Animated)

  • Canvas (Netflix)
  • Cops and Robbers (Netflix)
  • Loop (Pixar)
  • The Power of Hope (Kalia Love Jones)
  • Windup (Unity Technologies)


Disney dominated the animation-related wins. “Doc McStuffins” won for the animated TV show and voiceover categories. Meanwhile, “Soul” did well in the theatrical nominations, including animated feature, soundtrack, and voiceovers. In the latter, all the nominees save one were from “Soul.”

Last year’s children’s program winner, “Family Reunion,” won again this year, beating out “Craig of the Creek” and “Raven’s Home.”

The animated short “Canvas” is about a grandfather who loses his inspiration to paint. Here’s the trailer; the full short’s on Netflix:

Outside of animation, the late actor Chadwick Boseman won for several categories, including outstanding actor (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) and supporting actor (“Da 5 Bloods”).

Streaming services in general did well, from Netflix to HBO Max. The latter won for an anti-racism “Sesame Street” special (outstanding writing in a TV movie or special). Even now-deceased service Quibi won a few awards, though most of its shows are now owned by Roku. Finally, Apple TV+ saw a win (for Outstanding Variety Show) for “Verzuz,” the popular online show where two R&B/hip-hop musicians compare their music libraries and careers.

Image from “Doc McStuffins.” (Disney)


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