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Showtime, MTV Top NAMIC Vision Awards

The 13th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards was a celebration of variegation on Tuesday as it honored several shows for their efforts to increase diversity in original cable programming. MTV and Showtime championed the night, bringing home three awards a piece.

MTV's triple crown included best animation for Nickelodeon's "The Backyardians," best actor-comedy to Carlos Mencia for Comedy Central's "Mind of Mencia," and best variety/talk show for TV Land's "That's What I'm Talking About."

Showtime's trio of honors came from best drama for "Sleeper Cell," best actress-drama for "Dexter's" Lauren Velez and best actress-comedy for "Weeds'" Tonye Patano.

Proceeds from the awards benefited the NAMIC Foundation and its Digital Bridge Alliance project.

WINNERS - 13th ANNUAL NAMIC VISION AWARDS

SPECIAL HONOREES
Robi Reed, Legacy Award
Raven-Symoné, North Star Award

BEST ANIMATION
"The Backyardigans," "Mission to Mars" - MTV Networks: Nickelodeon

BEST ACTOR COMEDY
"Carlos Mencia: Mind of Mencia" - MTV Networks: Comedy Central

BEST ACTOR DRAMA
Forest Whitaker, "The Shield," "Kavanuagh" - FX Networks

BEST ACTRESS COMEDY
Tonye Patano: "Weeds" - Showtime Networks

BEST ACTRESS DRAMA
Lauren Velez: "Dexter" - Showtime Networks

BEST CHILDREN'S (Tie)
"That's So Raven," "The Four Aces" - Disney Channel
"Lisa Knight and the Roundtable" - Black Family Channel

BEST COMEDY
"Comic View with Sheryl Underwood" - BET

BEST DOCUMENTARY
"When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" - HBO

BEST DRAMA
"Sleeper Cell" - Showtime Networks

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE
"El Reto Final Nissan" - Fox Sports en Español

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
"Strut" - Cheetah Girls 2 - Disney Channel

BEST NEWS/INFORMATIONAL
"Race & Hollywood: Black Images on Film" - Turner Classic Movies

BEST ORIGINAL MOVIE/SPECIAL
"Tsunami, the Aftermath" - HBO

BEST REALITY
"Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance" - Oxygen Media

BEST VARIETY/TALK SHOW
"That's What I'm Talking About" - MTV Networks: TV Land