Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker Nab NAACP Awards

Posted Saturday March 3, 2007 3:33 PM GMT

After they both nabbed Oscars last Sunday, Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson kept bringing home the hardware after wins at the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards.

Hudson, a former "American Idol" finalist, garnered a best supporting actress award for her role in the musical "Dreamgirls," the same category she won at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

"There is nothing like being recognized and honored by your own," said Hudson.

Whitaker, who won a best actor Oscar for "The Last King of Scotland," earned the same prize at the NAACP ceremony.

"Doing this role gave me so many blessings," said Whitaker, who plays Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the film. "One was being able to go back to Africa and touch my roots."

Another winner happened to be "Grey's Anatomy" star, Isaiah Washington, who has been under harsh criticism for his anti-gay remarks. The actor nabbed best actor for a drama series.

"I'm humbled and honored to be recognized by the NAACP. The first time I was up here I felt deserving of something. This time I feel privileged," the ap reported Washington as saying.

"The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith and his son, won best picture honors. Keke Palmer was named best actress for "Akeelah and the Bee," and Djimon Hounsou took best supporting actor for "Blood Diamond."

"This film means a lot to me for the simple reason that I'm from Africa," said Hounsou to loud applause.

The event was hosted by rapper LL Cool J.