THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION (AAFCA) 7TH ANNUAL AWARDS
Wednesday night’s 7th Annual African American Film Critics Association’s (AAFCA) Awards at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood celebrated 2015’s Best Films such as “Straight Outta Compton,” “Creed,” “Dope,” “Carol,” “Chi-raq,” “The Peanuts Movie,” “A Ballerina’s Tale,” “The Danish Girl,” “Concussion” and “The Martian,” as well as TV shows such as “Black-ish,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Survivor’s Remorse.” Special honors were awarded to 2016 Oscars producer Reginald Hudlin, director John Singleton, Codeblack Entertainment CEO Jeff Clanagan, HBO’s Len Amato, New York Times’ Manohla Dargis and SpringHill Entertainment’s LeBron James and Maverick Carter. Terrence J & Entertainment Tonight correspondent Nischelle Turner hosted the ceremony and 94.7 THE WAVE on-air talent Pat Prescott was the announcer. Grammy winner 9th Wonder provided musical interludes for the show.
Attending winners, presenters and guests included: Sanaa Lathan, Courtney B. Vance, Anthony Anderson, Regina Hall, Reginald Hudlin, Ryan Coogler, Tyrese Gibson, Teyonah Parris, Khandi Alexander, Keith Stanfield, Xosha Roquemore, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr., Walter Mosley, John Singleton, Rick Famuyiwa, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Louis Gossett Jr., 9th Wonder, Effie Brown, Justin Hires, Betsy Landin, Miles Brown, Deon Cole, Anthony Hamilton, Chaz Ebert, Kenya Barris, Anthony Hemingway, Bresha Webb, Mo McRae, DeWanda Wise, Alano Miller, Deborah Riley Draper, Steve Martino, Marleik “Mar Mar” Walker, Malika Weeden, Tommy Davidson, Angel Parker, Dale Godboldo, Franklin Leonard, Nischelle Turner, Terrence J and AAFCA President Gil Robertson.
The African American Film Critics Association represents the leading black film critics in America. Annually during this Special Night in Cinema, awards were handed out in 12 categories, plus six special honors. Guests also got a first-look at the upcoming film “NINA.” Sponsors included The Home Depot, Mercedes Benz of Beverly Hills and OneUnited Bank.
The following is a complete list of 2015 AAFCA Awards winners.
Best Picture: “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)
Best Director: Ryan Coogler –“Creed” (Warner Bros.)
Best Ensemble: “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)
Best Actor: Will Smith “Concussion” (Sony)
Best Actress: Teyonah Parris “Chi-Raq” (Roadside Attractions)
Best Supporting Actor: Jason Mitchell “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)
Best Supporting Actress: Tessa Thompson “Creed” (Warner Bros.)
Best Independent Film: “Chi-Raq” (Roadside Attractions)
Best Screenplay: Rick Famuyiwa, “Dope” (Open Road Films)
Breakout Performance: Michael B. Jordan “Creed” (Warner Bros.)
Best Animation: “The Peanuts Movie” (20th Century Fox)
Best Documentary: “A Ballerina’s Tale” (Sundance Selects)
Best Song: “See You Again” Furious 7 (Atlantic Records)
Best TV Comedy: “Black-ish” (ABC)
Best TV Drama: “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
Best Cable/New Media TV Show: “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)
AAFCA Top Ten Films of 2015 are as follows in order of distinction:
1. Straight Outta Compton (Universal Pictures)
2. Creed (Warner Bros.)
3. Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.)
4. Beasts of No Nation (Netflix)
5. The Martian (20th Century Fox)
6. 3-1/2 Minutes/Dope (HBO/Open Road Films)
7. Chi-Raq (Roadside Attractions)
8. Carol (Weinstein Co.)
9. The Big Short (Paramount Pictures)
10. The Danish Girl (Focus Features)
The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is the premiere organization of African-American film media professionals. Founded in 2003, AAFCA’s members represent a geographically diverse cross-section of media covering the cinematic arts. The organization honors excellence in cinema by creating awareness for films with universal appeal to black communities, while emphasizing film about the black experience and those produced written, directed and starring performers of African descent. The association actively reviews the quality and standard of black talent, content and media coverage. AAFCA also supports the development of future black film critics and filmmakers. AAFCA is based in Los Angeles.