Actor Forest Whitaker was the big winner at the Naacp Image Awards on Saturday night (22Feb14) after landing a trio of prizes.

Whitaker picked up the Chairman's Award in recognition of his stellar acting career and his charity work, while he also took home one of the night's most coveted prizes - the Best Actor in a Motion Picture trophy for his role in Lee Daniels' The Butler.

He was also feted for his sideline as a producer as his drama Fruitvale Station was named Best Independent Film.

Lee Daniels' The Butler star David Oyelowo won Best Supporting Actor, but the film lost out on the Best Motion Picture Award to 12 Years A Slave. The slave drama's Oscar-nominated star Lupita Nyong'o was also named Best Supporting Actress.

Other awards went to Angela Bassett, who won Best Actress for her role in Black Nativity, and comedian/actor Kevin Hart, who claimed the Entertainer of the Year title. Pregnant actress Kerry Washington was named Best Actress in a Television Drama Series for her role in Scandal, which also won the prize for Best Television Drama Series.

In the music categories, Beyonce was honoured as Best Female Artist and John Legend was named Best Male Artist, while Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams landed the Best Group or Collaboration title for their hit single Blurred Lines.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Naacp) Image Awards, which celebrate diversity in film, Tv, music and literature, took place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California and also featured a performance by Stevie Wonder and a tribute by Oprah Winfrey to late South African president Nelson Mandela.