Monday, January 19, 2015

African-American Film Critics Name "Selma" Best Film of 2014

The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is a group of African-American film critics that gives various awards for excellence in film at the end of each year.  The association was founded in 2003 by Gil L. Robertson IV and Shawn Edwards.

Awards will be handed out at the organization’s annual dinner on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 in Hollywood.  Special achievement honors will also be awarded to Universal Pictures’ Donna Langley, LA Film Festival Director and film producer Stephanie Allain, AAFCA and Black List co-founder Franklin Leonard.  AAFCA’s “Ashley Boone Award” will go to producer Debra Martin-Chase, and Susan King of the Los Angeles Times will receive the group’s “Roger Ebert Award” for journalism.

2014 AAFCA Award winners:

AAFCA’s Top 10 Films of 2014:
1. Selma
2. The Imitation Game
3. The Theory of Everything
4. Birdman
5. Belle
6. Top Five
7. Unbroken
8. Dear White People
9. Get On Up
10. Black Or White

Best Director:  Ava Duvernay, Selma (Paramount)

Best Actor:  David Oyelowo, Selma (Paramount)

Best Actress:  Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle (Fox Searchlight)

Best Supporting Actress:  Octavia Spencer, Black or White (Rela.)

Best Supporting Actor: TIE
Tyler Perry, Gone Girl (Fox)
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash (SPC)

Best World Cinema:  Timbuktu (Les Films du Worso)

Breakout Performance:  Tessa Thompson, Dear White People (Ratt.)

Best Screenplay:  Gina Prince-Bythewood, Beyond the Lights (Rela)

Best Music: John Legend/Common, “Glory” (Selma soundtrack)

Best Ensemble:  Get On Up (Universal)

Best Independent Film:  Dear White People (Roadside Attractions)

Best Animation:  The Boxtrolls (Focus)

Best Documentary:  Life Itself (Magnolia)


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