*The Black Film Critics Circle has announced its 2017 winners in 13 categories, along with special Signature Awards and an overall list of its Top 10 movies of the year.
Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” has the most recognitions with four: Best Film, Best Supporting Actress (Mary J Blige), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Ensemble.
Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” nabbed awards for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, while signature awards were given to Peele (Industry Pioneer) and lead actor Daniel Kaluuya (Rising Star).
The Netflix documentary “Strong Island,” which follows filmmaker Yance Ford’s emotional and unflinching look at his family’s devastation after the murder of his brother, nabbed Best Documentary. (See trailer above.)
“Girls Trip” was given a Special Mention award for the historic amount of box office it generated, despite its predominantly black and female cast. The film’s success “proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that African-American stories are just as commercially viable as their white counterparts,” BFCC noted in a statement announcing the winners.
Founded in 2010, the Black Film Critics Circle is comprised of film critics of color from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, radio, television and qualifying online publications. The organization is dedicated to honoring excellence of professionals in the theatrical motion picture industry in U.S. and world cinema.
View its entire list of 2017 winners below:
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Frances McDormand, Three Billboard Outside Ebbing Missouri
Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Animated Film
Blade Runner 2049
Best Foreign Film
A Fantastic Woman
Jordan Peele for his “genre redefining film Get Out. Peele has not only defied box office expectations but helped redefine a genre that very few African American filmmakers ever get to work in. This powerful storyteller has reminded the world that while horror films remains a lucrative entertainment genre there is much room for deeper meaning and social commentary within the context of the ‘scary movie’, the very essence of the word Pioneer.”
Daniel Kaluuya whose performance in Get Out “defines exactly what a rising star is, coming from seemingly nowhere his performance help cement get out as the horror film classic that it is. His ability convey humor, pathos, vulnerability and strength signify an actor whose talents will not only be in demand but will greatly enrich any film he is cast in what we believe will be a very long and memorable career.”
Girls Trip, directed by Malcolm Lee, produced by Will Packer with a script by Kenya Barris & Tracy Oliver and featuring an all-black cast “proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that African-American stories are as just as commercially viable as their white counterparts.”
BLACK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE TOP TEN FILMS OF 2017
2. Get Out
3. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
4. The Shape of Water
5. The Post
8. Wonder Woman
9. I, Tonya
10. Blade Runner 2049
Says founding member and co-president Mike Sargent, “This has been an enormous year for storytellers of color. For the first time we are seeing a large diversity of films that are not just starring actors, not just being written by, and not just being directed or produced by but written, directed, produced and starring African-Americans, shattering barriers and ushering in a true era of black film.
Never before have we had more African-American directors (Jordan Peele, F Gary Gray, Malcolm Lee) with films grossing over $100M each in the same year. And with Dee Rees, Margaret Betts and Ava DuVernay, all black female directors making studio backed films, change is not coming, change is here. African-American filmmakers are breaking box office records, redefining genres and reminding the world that we have many stories yet to be told.”