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AAFCA 2019 TV Honors: Ava DuVernay’s ‘When They See Us’ Shines with Wins

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) have announced their winners for top honors in television. Established in 2003, AAFCA is the premier body of Black film critics in the world, actively reviewing film and television, with a particular emphasis on entertainment that includes the Black experience and stories from the African Diaspora. The AAFCA awarded a total of ten prizes, as announced in a press release Tuesday.

From the press release:

“It is impossible to ignore TV’s popularity and remarkable influence on America’s pop culture landscape today,” says AAFCA president Gil Robertson IV. “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.”

Best Male Performance winner Sterling K. Brown in NBC’s”This is Us”

This year’s television wins include four honors for Ava DuVernay’s poignant drama series, When They See Us,” the Netflix show that chronicles the Central Park rape case that resulted in the false imprisonment of five Black youths. Star Jharrel Jerome was named the association’s winner for Breakthrough Performance, while the limited series scored wins for Best Limited Series, Best Ensemble and Best Writing. Among the other winners, the AAFCA also made sure to honor mega-producer Ryan Murphy with the AAFCA TV Icon Award and big three network, CBS, with the AAFCA Inclusion Award for its diverse programming and talent.

The honorees will be feted at AAFCA TV Honors during a private brunch on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, CA.

Read the full list of AAFCA TV Honors winners below.
  • 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

What do you think of the AAFCA TV Honors winners? Comment below!


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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.

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