Tuesday, December 21, 2010
dissent in the African American Film Critics Group, three of the five founding members broke off and formed a splinter group, the Black Film Critics Circle, and released their own list of awards. Now for 2010, they've released their second end-of-year awards. In this year with very few films by or with black people, the winners are not particularly different from many other critics' lists.
As a result, The Social Network came out on top with the prize for Best Picture. It also won Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Ensemble. It didn't, however, win Best Director. Instead, that was won by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), which also won Best Actress for Natalie Portman. Colin Firth (The King's Speech) James Franco (127 Hours) tied for Best Actor. Both Supporting acting awards went to The Fighter.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was declared the Best Foreign Film. Waiting For 'Superman' took Best Documentary, while Toy Story 3 was named Best Animated Feature
From their website: "Black Film Critics Circle is a film critics organization dedicated to honoring excellence of professionals in the film industry in U.S. and World Cinema. The organization launched in 2010 to celebrate achievements in cinema, maintain the integrity of a true critics organization and advance a collective vision of journalists of the black Diaspora. BFCC's mission is to acknowledge and honor the contributions by people of the black Diaspora in the film industry who work in front of and behind the camera while also welcoming promising new talent; Assist in the development of new talent in the field of entertainment journalism through educational opportunities, mentoring and strategic partnerships: Raise awareness of the significance of black film and black film history as a critical part of film culture and preservation."
Complete list of winners for the 2010 Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) Awards
Best Picture: The Social Network
Best Director: Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
Best Actor: Colin Firth - The King's Speech (tie) James Franco - 127 Hours
Best Actress: Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale - The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo - The Fighter
Best Independent Film: Night Catches Us
Best Original Screenplay: Christopher Nolan - Inception
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network
Best Documentary: Waiting For 'Superman'
Best Foreign Film: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3
Best Ensemble: The Social Network
BFFC Signature Awards include:
Pioneer - Haile Gerima - As the independent producer, director, writer of "Teza", Gerima has bee recognized for sustaining African Diaspora culture and empowering disenfranchised populations through his highly artistic and provocative work. His commitment to speaking truth to power is depicted in a body of work from the seventies up to his ground-breaking film Sankofa of the nineties. Gerima is a visionary with an eye for promoting black culture in film in a positive and historical light.
Breakout Performance -Jaden Smith - Jaden is a rising star who is recognized for his excellent performance in the summer blockbuster remake "The Karate Kid." With an unmistakable charisma and charm, an acting ability beyond his years, and commitment and dedication to the role, Smith was a scene stealer. There is no doubt that Smith has a bright future ahead of him.
Special Mention -Gareth Edwards - With his SF film "Monsters", Edwards took an original and organic approach to cinema bringing the industry back to its roots of visual storytelling. Edwards' creativity defies the trend of contrived narratives and reliance on big budgets and gimmicks and instead gives the audience rich stories and memorable characters. "Monsters" is a great look at how Sci-Fi is done right (human stories, not creature-features) by a Director who understands that less is more, with good visual effects employed economically to enhance the film - not define it.
BFCC's Top Ten Picks
1. The Social Network
3. Black Swan
4. The Fighter
5. The Kids Are All Right, The Town (Tie)
7. Toy Story 3
8. The King's Speech
9. Winter's Bone
10. The Ghost Writer