Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong'o among early winners at NAACP Image Awards

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Kerry Washington arrives at the 45th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Arnold Turner/Invision/AP)

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By DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kerry Washington and Lupita Nyong'o are among the early winners at the NAACP Image Awards.

Washington picked up the trophy for outstanding actress in a drama series for "Scandal" at Saturday's 45th annual ceremony, while Nyong'o was selected as outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture for "12 Years a Slave."

David Oyelowo was also honored early at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium as outstanding supporting actor for "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

Several winners were previously announced, including Kevin Hart as outstanding actor in a comedy series for "Real Husbands of Hollywood," as well as John Legend as outstanding male artist and Beyonce as outstanding female artist.

The awards are presented annually by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the group's members select the winners.

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