Sean Combs Wins First Tv Actor Trophy
Posted on February 16, 2009 by Jamie Slaughter
Sean "Diddy" Combs, the acclaimed music mogul, record producer, fashion designer, multi-platinum Grammy winning artist and Broadway sensation can now add award-winning television actor and producer to his long list of accolades. Combs who starred in and executive produced the special three-hour movie adaptation of "A Raisin in the Sun" earned two NAACP Image Awards last night at the 40th annual show, nabbing "Best Actor In a Television Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special" as well as a producer honors when "Raisin" picked up the award for "Best Television Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special." His co-star Phylicia Rashad also won for "Best Actress in a Television Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special"
These wins cap a stellar award season run for "Raisin" which also previously earned three Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe nod, following a record setting Broadway revival. Reprising the role of Walter Lee, Jr. which brought him critical acclaim during the Broadway run, Combs delivered an exceptional performance for the television movie which marked his first role as a leading man on film. In addition, Combs also served as Executive Producer along with legendary film and Broadway producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who collectively made the film the highest rated TV movie among women for the season, garnering more than 12 million viewers.
"Raisin has been an incredible journey for me and I am honored to be recognized for my work by the NAACP and the entire film and television community," said Combs. “We were blessed to have an exceptional cast and crew and the wonderful words of Lorraine Hansberry to speak and inspire us. I am so proud to have been involved with the production both in front of and behind the camera, and to remain a part of Raisin’s continued successes."