The African American Film Critics Association has released its annual list of 12th AAFCA Award recipients with Judas and the Black Messiah being named best film of the year by the world’s largest group of black film critics. Drama Fred Hampton-Bill O’Neal took home the most awards with an escape director nod for Shaka King as well as Best Actor and Actress wins for Daniel Kaluuya and Dominique Fishback, respectively.
“Serving an all-black production team, Judas and the Black Messiah Director Shaka King has created a project that permanently enshrines Black Panther leader Fred Hampton as an American hero, ”commented AAFCA President and Co-Founder Gil Robertson. “Released in the context of the current Black Lives Matter movement, the film’s message of commitment and sacrifice for social justice empowers. Daniel Kaluuya as Hampton is literally on fire and is well supported by Dominique Fishback who has increasingly become an actress to watch. Our members are delighted to award the film our highest honor. “
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From Amazon One night in Miami won three accolades with Regina King for Best Director, with Kemp Powers receiving the Best Screenplay Award and the Best Ensemble Award. The late Chadwick Boseman was named Best Actor for his performance on Netflix Ma Rainey’s black background, while Andra Day, in her first major acting role, won the Best Actress award for The United States vs. Billie Holiday.
“Our Best Actress winner Andra Day was phenomenal as Billie Holiday,” said Robertson. “Director Lee Daniels has a tremendous talent for bringing out the best in her actors and Day is no exception as she delivered a performance that serves as an impressive launch to an acting career that we believe is very promising. AAFCA members are excited to see even more of its lineup in the future.
He continued: “In Ma Rainey’s black background, Chadwick Boseman once again demonstrated great understanding and execution of the acting profession. In what is the final performance of his career, he confirmed why he will forever be considered one of the best actors of his generation. The AAFCA is extremely happy to pay tribute to him for this extraordinary performance.
Newly announced winners will join winners Mariah Carey, George C. Wolfe, Netflix and the Voter Suppression Documentary, All In: The struggle for democracy, all have already been announced as the winners of the special AAFCA awards. The ceremony will take place on April 7.
See the full list of winners of the 12th Annual AAFCA Awards:
Better picture: Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
Best Director: Regina King, One night in Miami (Amazon Studios)
Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s black background (Netflix)
Best Actress: Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Hulu)
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
Best Supporting Actress: Dominique Fishback, Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
Best Screenplay: Kemp Powers, One night in Miami (Amazon Studios)
Best overall: One night in Miami (Amazon Studios)
Best Foreign Film: Kings night (Neon)
Best Documentary: All In: The struggle for democracy (Amazon Studios)
Best animation: Soul (Pixar / Disney)
Best short film: Two distant strangers
Escape Performance: Radha Blank (Netflix)
Escape Director: Shaka King (Warner Bros.)
The organization also unveiled its Top 10 films of the year:
“The common theme for all of our top 10 films this year is the grace of humanity. All of these films have shed light on different circumstances that test the human mind. In a year when COVID-19 forced everyone on this planet to unite against a common threat to our health and well-being, these films have spoken of the resilience and courage we all possess to overcome challenges. difficult obstacles. The members of AAFCA have been deeply encouraged and inspired by these incredible stories as we look forward to a return to “going to the movies” with our family and friends, ”said Robertson.
Judas and the Black Messiah
One night in Miami
Ma Rainey’s black background
Da 5 bloods
United States vs. Billie Holiday