NAACP Image Awards: The Help Cleans House

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The 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards awarded The Help three top honors in what came as no surprise to most observers and fans of the Academy Award-nominated picture.

The film received another boost heading into next Sunday's Oscars, winning Outstanding Motion Picture as well as wins for actresses Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.

The ceremony Friday at the Shrine Auditorium, which honored diversity in the arts, was punctuated by moving tributes to Whitney Houston and George Lucas.

Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer

Davis and Spencer also won at the SAG Awards this winter.

Yolanda Adams performed the spiritual song "I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry" as part of a tribute to pop superstar Houston, who died last week at the age of 48.

As part of the tribute to Lucas, Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo performed "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" while Red Tails director Lucas sang along from his seat.

Hudson also claimed the outstanding album prize for I Remember Me.

Other winners announced during the two-hour telecast included a pair of TV stars, Regina King for her role in SouthLAnd and LL Cool J for NCIS: Los Angeles.