*LOS ANGELES -– The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the nation’s premiere group of Black film critics, handed out trophies to winners in several categories at its 9th annual awards gala held in Los Angeles Wednesday night.
Several industry notables also received honorary awards for their outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry, as well as their commitment to civil rights, telling stories with global perspectives, breaking barriers of inclusion and more.
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay received the Innovation Award; Oscar® nominated director and screenwriter of GET OUT, Jordan Peele, received the Horizon Award; Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove of Alcon Entertainment received the Cinema Vanguard Award and Rob Reiner received the Stanley Kramer Award for Social Justice. The evening’s festivities were presided over by AAFCA Co-Founders Gil Robertson and Shawn Edwards and were hosted by Nichelle Turner of Entertainment Tonight.
As previously announced, four honors were presented to industry luminaries at the 2018 AAFCA Special Achievement Luncheon on February 3rd at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Edward James Olmos received the Legacy Award for his lifetime achievements as an award winning actor and activist; President of ABC Entertainment Group Channing Dungey who is the first African American female to run a broadcast television network received the Ashley Boone Award; leading journalist Claudia Puig received the Roger Ebert Award for excellence in journalism and Vice News received the inaugural Game Changer Award for their groundbreaking news coverage of world events with Vice Media’s Culture Correspondent Dexter Thomas accepting on behalf of Vice. The honorees were selected by AAFCA for their noteworthy accomplishments and were celebrated during the luncheon by their friends, family, colleagues and industry peers.
Both events are part of AAFCA’s celebration of awards season and recognizing the top entertainment of the year, along with recognizing the achievements of select individuals and organizations that are leading the way as inclusive storytellers, boundary breakers, civil rights leaders and trailblazers.
A full list of winners and honorees from both events includes:
9TH ANNUAL AAFCA AWARDS HONOREES
Horizon Award: Jordan Peele
Stanley Kramer Award for Social Justice: Rob Reiner
Cinema Vanguard Award: Broderick Johnson & Andrew Kosove (Co-Presidents, Alcon Entertainment)
AAFCA Innovator Award: Ava DuVernay
2018 AAFCA SPECIAL ACHIEVMEENT LUNCHEON HONOREES
Legacy Award: Edward James Olmos
Ashley Boone Award: Channing Dungey
Roger Ebert Award: Claudia Puig (President, Los Angeles Film Critics Association)
Game Changer Award: Vice
9TH ANNUAL AAFCA AWARDS WINNERS
BEST PICTURE: GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
BEST DIRECTOR: JORDAN PEELE – GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
BEST ACTOR: DANIEL KALUUYA – GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
BEST ACTRESS: FRANCES McDORMAND – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI (Fox Searchlight)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: LAURENCE FISHBURNE – LAST FLAG FLYING (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: TIFFANY HADDISH – GIRLS TRIP (Universal Pictures)
BEST COMEDY: GIRLS TRIP (Universal Pictures)
BEST ENSEMBLE: DETROIT (Annapurna Pictures)
BEST INDEPENDENT: CROWN HEIGHTS (Amazon Studios/IFC Films)
BEST ANIMATED: COCO (Disney/Pixar)
BEST DOCUMENTARY: STEP (Fox Searchlight)
BEST FOREIGN: THE WOUND (Kino Lorber)
BEST SCREENPLAY: GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
BEST SONG: “IT AINT FAIR” – DETROIT – THE ROOTS featuring BILAL (Motown Records)
BEST NEW MEDIA: MUDBOUND (Netflix)
BEST TV SERIES (COMEDY): BLACKISH (ABC)
BEST TV SERIES (DRAMA): QUEEN SUGAR (OWN)
BREAKOUT: LAKEITH STANFIELD – CROWN HEIGHTS (Amazon Studios/IFC Films)
Established in 2003, AAFCA’s primary mission is to cultivate understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contributions of African descended talent to cinematic and television culture – from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined breakthroughs of future generations of media content professionals. AAFCA members are a geographically diverse cross-section of journalists, covering all genres of the cinematic arts, while representing multiple mediums – including print, TV, radio broadcast and online. Collectively, they reach a worldwide audience in excess of 100 million. As a non-profit organization, AAFCA is committed to numerous educational and philanthropic efforts, particularly those that foster and celebrate diversity and inclusion. For more information on AAFCA and its programs visit http://AAFCA.com.
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