Zero Dark Thirty, Middle of Nowhere win big with African-American Film Critics Association

Zero_Dark_Thirty_66120-572x309Add another tally to the impressive amount of critics awards Zero Dark Thirty has won. The African-American Film Critics Association has named the Bigelow film the best film of 2012. However, Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere, proved to be the big winner taking home four prizes including Best Actress, Screenplay, Independent Film and Music. Other big winners included Ben Affleck taking Best Director and Denzel Washington winning Best Actor. Check out the rest of the winners after the jump!

Top Ten Films of 2012 (in order of distinction)

Zero Dark Thrity
Middle of Nowhere
Life of Pi
Les Miserables
Django Unchained
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Moonrise Kingdom
Think Like a Man

Best Actor: Denzel Washington, “Flight” (Paramount)
Best Actress: Emayatzy Corinealdi, “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)
Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, “Lincoln” (Touchstone)
Best Supporting: Actor Nate Parker, “Arbitrage” (Roadside Attractions)
Best Foreign Film: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, “The Intouchables” (Weinstein Company)
Breakout Performance: Quvenzhané Wallis for “Beast of the Southern Wild”(Fox Searchlight)
Best Director: Ben Affleck, “Argo” (Warner)
Best Screenplay: Ava DuVernay, “Middle of Nowhere”(AFFRM)
Best Music Kathryn Bostic & Morgan Rhodes, “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)
Best Independent Film:  “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)
Best Animation:  “Rise of the Guardians,” (Paramount)
Best Documentary:  tie “The House I Live In” (Charlotte Street Films) & “Versailles ’73” (Coffee Bluff Pictures)
Special Achievement Award Recipients: Billy Dee Williams, Cicely Tyson, Clint Culpepper and Rainforest Films

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.

The African-American Film Critics Assn. will present the awards in a private ceremony Feb. 8 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

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Written by Terence Johnson

When he's not enduring Shade Samurai training from Victoria Grayson, you can find Terence spends his time being an avid watcher of television, Criterion film collector, Twitter addict, and awards season obsessive. Opinionated but open minded, ratchet but with class, Terence holds down the fort as the producer of the Power Hour podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @LeNoirAuteur.


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