“The Lion King” wins at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards

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Updated on December 10, 2021

The 2020 NAACP Image Awards took place on Saturday night. Here’s a look at the animation-related winners. A full list is available here; winners below are in bold, with animation-related nominees in italics.

Outstanding Children’s Program

  • Family Reunion (Netflix)
  • Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
  • Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest (Disney XD)
  • Motown Magic (Netflix)
  • Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History (Netflix)

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation

  • The Lion King: The Gift – Beyoncé w/Various Artists (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)
  • The Lion King Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Various Artists (Walt Disney Records)
  • Harriet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Terence Blanchard (Back Lot Music)
  • Queen & Slim The Soundtrack – Various Artists (Motown Records)
  • Us (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Michael Abels (Back Lot Music)

Outstanding Character Voice-over Performance

  • James Earl Jones – The Lion King (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Alfre Woodard – The Lion King (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Donald Glover – The Lion King (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Sterling K. Brown – Frozen II (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Lupita Nyong’o – Serengeti (Discovery Channel)


The Lion KingDisney’s “The Lion King” remake did well at this year’s awards. James Earl Jones beat his costars out to win the voiceover award; granted, “The Lion King” took three of the five nominee slots. Meanwhile, Beyonce’s “Lion King” album also took the soundtrack award category. Beyonce beat several other nominees, including… the soundtrack for “The Lion King”-proper.

That said, there was no success for any of the animation nominees for the children’s program category. They all lost to Netflix’s “Family Reunion.” “Reunion” is a live-action sitcom about a family that moves from Seattle to Columbus, Georgia to stay near family there, and the culture shock that results.

“The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre” by ajay_suresh is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (Flickr)


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