The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards highlighted Black excellence in movie, music and television, giving Black entertainers a platform to shine in the mainstream. Films like “12 Years A Slave,” “Fruitvale Station” and “The Butler” were celebrated and celebs agreed that the NAACP Image Awards are still so needed.

“The time is right, the people are here to tell their stories and people are here to receive them,” “12 Years A Slave” screenwriter John Ridley said backstage.

Lupita Nyong’o, Kerry Washington, and Kevin Hart were some of the night’s biggest winners. Hart, who took home “Entertainer Of The Year” dedicated his Image award to his late mother.

Scroll through our “Best & Worst Dressed” gallery for the night’s most memorable fashions:

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