Abbott Elementary star Quinta Brunson takes the plunge in stunning white gown as she wins Outstanding Comedic Actress at NAACP Image Awards 2024

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Quinta Brunson stole the spotlight at the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday. 

The 34-year-old writer-actress looked incredible in her plunging white gown as she arrived at the Shrine Auditorium for an evening of honoring Black excellence in film, TV, music and literature.

Donning a formfitting number with delicate art deco detailing, the creator of Abbott Elementary looked like she stepped off the cover of a magazine.

She let her natural beauty take center stage, wearing nary an accessory and opting for minimal makeup.

The star had much to celebrate at the 55th annual gala as she took home the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series trophy for her hit show Abbott Elementary. 

Quinta Brunson stole the spotlight at the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday

The 34-year-old writer-actress looked incredible in her plunging white gown as she arrived at the Shrine Auditorium for an evening of honoring Black excellence in film, TV, music and literature

The 34-year-old writer-actress looked incredible in her plunging white gown as she arrived at the Shrine Auditorium for an evening of honoring Black excellence in film, TV, music and literature

However, it wasn’t the last time she’d take the stage to accept an award that evening, as the series also won for Outstanding Comedy Series. 

Other big winners included The Color Purple, which secured the Ensemble Cast prize along with the Breakthrough Creative award for director Blitz Bazawule and Outstanding Soundtrack accolade. 

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story was named Outstanding Drama Series, while Ava DuVernay won for directing Origin.

Sherri Shepherd won for Outstanding Talk Host, while The Jennifer Hudson Show won Outstanding Talk Show.

Other winners included The Bear‘s Ayo Edebiri, Chloe Bailey, Keith Powers, Phylicia Rashad and Don Cheadle. 

Earlier this month, Quinta teased ‘major changes’ in the new season of Abbot Elementary. 

The award-winning star told Good Morning America, ‘Season three is so exciting to me,’ but revealed that due to the recent WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, the season was ‘shortened’ to only 14 episodes.

‘I really wanted to make sure every single one was packed with a punch, because we only have so much time with our audience.’ 

Donning a formfitting number with delicate art deco detailing, the creator of Abbott Elementary looked like she stepped off the cover of a magazine

Donning a formfitting number with delicate art deco detailing, the creator of Abbott Elementary looked like she stepped off the cover of a magazine

She let her natural beauty take center stage, wearing nary an accessory and opting for minimal makeup

She let her natural beauty take center stage, wearing nary an accessory and opting for minimal makeup

The star had much to celebrate at the 55th annual gala as she took home the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series trophy for her hit show Abbott Elementary

The star had much to celebrate at the 55th annual gala as she took home the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series trophy for her hit show Abbott Elementary

‘But it naturally forced the writers and the cast, who want to put on incredible performances for each episode,’ Quinta added. 

‘I think there are some major changes this season that were always gonna be there for the third season, but because we had this shortened episode count, it was even more important for me to give audiences something exciting to come back to.’ 

‘But not too exciting,’ she explained. ‘You’ll still see your familiar favorite teachers in Philadelphia and on TV. But I think there will be some fun surprises!’

While also on GMA, Quinta talked about her recent Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. 

She notably made history by ‘being the first black woman to win in over 40 years for best actress in a comedy series.’ 

‘I didn’t know that until after the fact. I was just emotional at winning, of course,’ she revealed, adding that after she went backstage, ‘That information was given to me and that made me emotional all over again.’ 

During her Big Apple tour, Quinta caught a show on Broadway called Merrily We Roll Along – which stars her close friend and Harry Potter alum, Daniel Radcliffe. 

She had the chance to also go backstage to visit some of the cast members, including Radcliffe and shared a photo of the moment to her Instagram stories last month. 

However, it wasn't the last time she'd take the stage to accept an award that evening, as the series also won for Outstanding Comedy Series

However, it wasn’t the last time she’d take the stage to accept an award that evening, as the series also won for Outstanding Comedy Series

Series regulars Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Lisa Ann Walter, Chris Perfetti and Emmy Award winner Sheryl Lee Ralph are all returning to the teacher's lounge

Series regulars Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Lisa Ann Walter, Chris Perfetti and Emmy Award winner Sheryl Lee Ralph are all returning to the teacher’s lounge

In text added towards the bottom of the image, Brunson typed out, ‘Best cast, best play. Go see Merrily We Roll Along if you can!’

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly published on Monday, the writer revealed her desire to have Daniel on Abbott Elementary to portray the son of Mr. Johnson – played by William Stanford Davis. 

‘I love Daniel Radcliffe. He’s a very good, sweet guy, and a friend of mine. For some reason in the [writer’s] room we were like, “What if Daniel Radcliffe was Mr. Johnson’s son?”‘ 

‘And there’s no rhyme or reason. It’s so dumb. And not like Daniel Radcliffe as somebody, like, Daniel Radcliffe [himself] is Mr. Johnson’s son,’ she explained. 

Brunson and Radcliffe are no strangers to working together, and starred alongside each other in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022) as well as the show called Miracle Workers. 

NAACP Image Awards televised WINNERS

OUTSTANDING MOTION PICTURE

American Fiction

 Origin

Rustin

The Color Purple – WINNER

They Cloned Tyrone

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE

Colman Domingo – Rustin – WINNER 

Denzel Washington – The Equalizer 3

Jamie Foxx – The Burial

Jeffrey Wright – American Fiction 

John Boyega – They Cloned Tyrone

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE 

Aunjanue Ellis–Taylor – Origin

Fantasia Barrino – The Color Purple – WINNER

Halle Bailey – The Little Mermaid

Teyana Taylor – A Thousand And One

Yara Shahidi – Sitting in Bars with Cake

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE

Colman Domingo – The Color Purple – WINNER

Corey Hawkins – The Color Purple

Glynn Turman – Rustin

Jamie Foxx – They Cloned Tyrone

Sterling K. Brown – American Fiction

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE

Danielle Brooks – The Color Purple

Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Holdovers

Erika Alexander – American Fiction

Halle Bailey – The Color Purple

Taraji P. Henson – The Color Purple – WINNER

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES 

Cedric The Entertainer – The Neighborhood

Delroy Lindo – UnPrisoned

Dulé Hill – The Wonder Years

Mike Epps – The Upshaws – WINNER

Tone Bell – Survival of the Thickest

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Kerry Washington – UnPrisoned

Meagan Good – Harlem

Michelle Buteau – Survival of the Thickest

Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary – WINNER

Tichina Arnold – The Neighborhood

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES  

 Damson Idris – Snowfall – WINNER 

 Forest Whitaker – Godfather of Harlem 

 Idris Elba – Hijack

Jabari Banks – Bel–Air

Jesse L. Martin – The Irrational

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Angela Bassett – 9–1–1

India Ria Amarteifio – Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story – WIN

Octavia Spencer – Truth Be Told

Queen Latifah – The Equalizer

Zoe Saldaña – Special Ops: Lioness

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Colman Domingo

Fantasia Barrino

Halle Bailey 

Keke Palmer

Usher – WINNER

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