Monday, December 12, 2011

2011 African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Awards - winners

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) announced the recipients of their 2011 film awards. Topping the list was Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, named Best Picture of the year. The other films in their top ten included Pariah, Shame and A Better Life.

Best Director was Shame's British director Steve McQueen (who is black).

Woody Harrelson was named Best Actor for Rampart. Albert Brooks received Best Supporting Actor for Drive. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for The Help. I've written how that is a problematic film in that it is both anti-racist yet racist. Perhaps the AAFCA shared those reservations since although it made their top ten list, it came in last place.

Pariah not only made the top ten list, but it was named Best Independent Film and Adepero Oduye's role was named Breakout Performance.

Best Foreign Film was Kinyarwanda, while Best Documentary was The Black Power Mixtape.


Complete list of winners for the 2011 African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Awards

Best Picture
The Tree of Life

Rounding out the top 10 in order of distinction
The Descendants
A Better Life
My Week With Marilyn
The Help

Best Director
Steve McQueen, Shame

Best Actor
Woody Harrelson, Rampart

Best Actress
Viola Davis, The Help

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, Drive

Breakout Performance
Adepero Oduye, Pariah

Best Documentary
The Black Power Mixtape

Best Screenplay
I Will Follow

Best Foreign Film

Best Song
"The Show" from Moneyball

Best Independent Film

Legacy Award
Richard Roundtree

Horizon Award
Hattie Winston

Cinema Vanguard Award
George Lucas

Special Achievement Award
Sony Pictures Entertainment

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