The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) announced its winners for this year, as well as its annual Top 10 films list. Us leads all films with three wins, including Best Film, Best Director for Jordan Peele and Best Actress for Lupita Nyong’o.
“Jordan Peele continued to raise the bar in horror specifically and film overall” stated AAFCA President/Co-Founder Gil Robertson. “With Us, he once again upended the horror genre. His centering of a Black nuclear family determined to survive in a complex storyline in a genre where Black family units have historically been unseen is extraordinary. He continues to push previously set boundaries with bold storylines that bring a refreshing perspective to cinema overall and the genre specifically. The film’s $255 million global gross is yet another example that inclusive filmmaking resonates big at the box office and it also resonated critically with our members who awarded the film with our highest honors.”
“Our Best Actress winner, Lupita Nyong’o put her craft in high gear by serving up double duty as both the lead protagonist and nemesis in Us. Already awed by her skill in previous films, Us just put her over the top,” said Robertson. “Playing double duty allowed her to show even more range as an actor, putting her in an elite group of actresses who have helmed a successful box office film as the star. We are excited to see even more of her range in the future.”
Dolemite Is My Name receives two awards: Best Director for Eddie Murphy and Best Supporting Actress for Da’Vine Joy Randolph. Waves also has two wins: Breakout Performance for Kelvin Harrison, Jr. and the We See You Award for Taylor Russell.
“We are thrilled to honor legend Eddie Murphy as Best Actor for his amazing portrayal in Dolemite Is My Name,” continued Robertson. “He is an icon whose genius has often gone unrewarded by ‘traditional’ and we couldn’t be more pleased that he receives this honor while paying homage to Rudy Ray Moore, another icon.”
The AAFCA Awards, sponsored by Nissan, Morgan Stanley and Deadline will be held on January 22, 2020, at the Taglyan Complex.
View the full list of winners and the top ten list below:
Best Film: Us (Universal Pictures)
Best Director: Jordan Peele (Us, Universal Pictures)
Best Actor: Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name, Netflix)
Best Actress: Lupita Nyong’o (Us, Universal Pictures)
Best Supporting Actor: Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy, Warner Bros. Pictures)
Best Supporting Actress: Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite Is My Name, Netflix)
Best Breakout Performance: Kelvin Harrison, Jr. (Waves, A24)
Best Animated Film: Abominable (Universal Pictures)
Best Documentary: The Black Godfather (Netflix)
Best Foreign Film: Parasite (Neon)
Best Independent Film: The Last Black Man in San Francisco (A24)
Best Screenplay Presented with The Black List: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite (Neon)
Impact Award: Queen & Slim (Universal Pictures)
We See You Award: Taylor Russell (Waves, A24)
The AAFCA 2020 Top Ten Films
- Us (Universal Pictures)
- Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)
- Just Mercy (Warner Bros. Pictures)
- Clemency (Neon)
- The Irishman (Netflix)
- Queen & Slim (Universal Pictures)
- Waves (A24)
- Parasite (Neon) and Atlantics (Netflix)
- The Farewell (A24)
- Harriet (Focus Features)
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