Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us nabbed four wins from the African American Film Critics Association for the group’s AAFCA TV Honors.
The series won Best Limited Series, Best Ensemble, Best Writing and Breakout Performance for Jharrel Jerome. The other wins include: Power (Best Drama), The Neighborhood (Best Comedy), Angela Bassett in 9-1-1 (Best Performance Female), Sterling K. Brown in This is Us (Best Performance Male). Ryan Murphy is receiving AAFCA TV Icon Award and CBS is getting the AAFCA Inclusion Award for its diverse programming and talent.
“It is impossible to ignore TV’s popularity and remarkable influence on America’s pop culture landscape today. As the stature of the small screen continues to expand, it has become increasingly more diverse and inclusive, a movement that we at AAFCA wholeheartedly embrace and champion. The honorees for our first AAFCA TV Honors represent the very best of television programming. They all successfully put a mirror up to our world to tell stories that are refreshingly diverse and authentic. We feel that this new wave of innovative, thought-provoking storytelling is inspiring and deserving of celebration,” said AAFCA president Gil Robertson IV in a prior statement.
The honorees were celebrated during a private brunch on August 11 in Marina Del Rey, CA.
Check out the full list of winners below, as well as photos and video from the event (photos by Kofi Dua):
Best Drama – “Power” (Starz)
Best Comedy – “The Neighborhood” (CBS)
Best Limited Series – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
Best Performance Female – Angela Bassett (9-1-1) FOX
Best Performance Male – Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) NBC
Best Ensemble – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
Best Writing – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
Breakthrough Performance – Jharrel Jerome, “When They See Us” (Netflix)
AAFCA TV Honors Inclusion Award – CBS
AAFCA TV Honors ICON Award – Ryan Murphy
Editor’s note: Article originally published on July 23, 2019; Updated August 12, 2019
Cover photo: Netflix