Jussie Smollett Nominated For NAACP Image Award, Host Says 'I Hope He Wins'

Jussie Smollett, newly released from charges, flew to Los Angeles ahead of Saturday's 50th NAACP Image Awards.

Chicago, IL – “Empire” star Jussie Smollett is up for a big award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Saturday despite the fact he remains under a very dark cloud following the hoax hate crime he staged in Chicago.

Smollett was nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series before he staged the attack on himself on Jan. 29, according to FOX News.

The 50th NAACP Image Awards, to be held on March 30 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, honor outstanding performances in film, television, music, and literature by persons of color.

It’s not known if Smollett is planning to attend the ceremony, but TMZ reported that the actor had flown to Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Video showed Smollett ignoring reporters' questions about his charges being dropped as he trooped through LAX with his entourage.

Anthony Anderson, who has hosted the awards show for six years and stars in the sitcom “Black-ish,” offered his support for Smollett after the charges against the “Empire” star were dropped on March 26, according to Variety.

“I hope to see him here,” Anderson said. “I hope he wins. I’m happy for him that the system worked for him in his favor because the system isn’t always fair, especially for people of color.”

“So I’m glad it worked out for him,” he continued. “It’s not my place or any other person’s place to judge him or what not, but I’m glad the he’s nominated… I hope he wins because I’d be interested to hear his speech.”

This will not be the first time a controversial person has taken the stage at the NAACP Image Awards.

In 1994, in the midst of his trial for molesting a 13-year-old boy, Michael Jackson presented Debbie Allen with the choreography award, the Los Angeles Times reported.

When one of the presenters was calling out the singer’s name for a nomination, he referred to him as "Michael Innocent-Until-Proven-Guilty Jackson."

The same year, the National Political Congress of Black Women accused the NAACP of sexism after they failed to withdraw Tupac Shakur’s outstanding lead actor nomination after he was accused of rape in New York City, the Los Angeles Times reported.

At the time of the awards ceremony, Shakur was charged with felony counts of forcible sodomy and unlawful detainment in that case, and was also facing two counts of aggravated assault for an unrelated case in which he allegedly shot and wounded two off-duty police officers.

The award went to Denzel Washington for “Malcolm X.”

Smollett has repeatedly referred to himself as the "gay Tupac," according to TMZ.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct against Smollett on Tuesday, but the brouhaha surrounding his staged hate crime will not be going away anytime soon.

President Donald Trump vowed to have the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigate the state’s attorney’s handling of the case, and the GOP leader of the Illinois House referred the matter to the Illinois Attorney General for investigation.

Smollett told police on Jan. 29 that he had been attacked by two white supporters of President Donald Trump on his way home from a Subway restaurant.

He claimed the men called him homophobic and anti-black slurs and told him “This is MAGA country” as they beat him up and put a noose around his neck. He also said they threw a chemical on him.

However, investigators quickly figured out that something was amiss, and then identified Smollett’s attackers.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson explained at a press conference the day of Smollett’s arrest that that police considered the actor a victim up until Ola and Abel Osundairo returned from Nigeria to Chicago and were taken into police custody, and then the investigation “spun in a totally different direction.”

“We gave him the benefit of the doubt up until that 47th hour. But when we discovered the actual motive, quite frankly, it pissed everybody off,” he explained.

Smollett was initially charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct on Feb. 20 for making a false police report. A grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 counts related to the same crime on March 8 and the prosecutor brought those charges against the actor.

There are several federal investigations ongoing related to Smollett hoax investigation and a hoax death threat letter that police believe the actor sent to himself before the attack.

Comments (16)
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cspcapt
cspcapt

Are you kidding me

LEO0301
LEO0301

I would like to see him win and just as he's about to give his speech a team of FBI agents swarm the stage and cart him off in handcuffs.

RPG156
RPG156

If I were Anthony Anderson, I wouldn't use Jussie Smollett as an example of the justice system not being fair for people of color....

NYPDhwyFuzz
NYPDhwyFuzz

I hope he wins also. Let’s remember it’s the “image”’awards. If the naacp considers Smolletts image awardable, then it speaks volumes about the NAACP.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

This is a prime example that the NAACP promotes racism and is no better than organizations like the KKK, BLM and other radical groups that promotes hate against people in general. He is a thug and the ones that support him are in the same category. This not the way to promote unity!!

Rayb
Rayb

I bet he wins.. and he’ll get a 15 minute standing ovation.. every one will be raving about how brave he is... I’ve never been racist.. but the more I see of this mentality... I’m becoming one..

Signal10
Signal10

Wasn't Bill Cosby nominated for this award too?

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Many already knew that the NAACP was an illogical and unethical organization and 95+% of the time on the "wrong side" of various racial issues and racially focused circumstances and current events. Yet they just keep plugging away as if to try to tell others they just don't care about rule of law, conflicting evidence, race relations, logic, ethics, public perception, the constitution ,etc. They are never apologetic when more facts surface to later show them wrong. They will push a pro black agenda at any and all costs no matter what contradictory information exists as if to try to "stick it " to others. The NAACP Image awards ( and the Jussie Smollet situation itself ) will continue to show the rest of America what a widely disturbed group this country deals with. There is a segment of Black America that needs to feel they somehow "win" and the NAACP feeds this need just as Sharpton, Jackson, Kamala, and Booker do . Realize that its just an agenda they try to desperately push despite the rest of America seeing right through them.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Apparently the black community is ok with rewarding a lying criminal.

magnumforc
magnumforc

What an f'ing joke. He sneers at the justice system, has lying crooked States Attorney doing his bidding and then gets nominated for an award. I feel for the honest upright black community when things like this happens as it sure paints them with that broad brush.

Wish505
Wish505

A nomination like this is an embarrassment to the honest hard working black Americans. I just can't figure out why they don't take a stand against issues like this.

NickyJ
NickyJ

How can we surprised NAACP is involved. This jerk should get academy award for this act.

Buffrat
Buffrat

"NAACP" Nominating Assholes After Committing Perjury

Truthrulestheday
Truthrulestheday

If Smollett’s lying, pathetic actions are the ‘image’ the NAACP wishes to promote, he will win. His lying, cheating, narcissistic behavior IS NOT BRAVE! It’s embarrassing to honest, law-abiding persons of color. Where is the black community standing up & denouncing Smollett’s actions?!?!