Personal struggle followed by triumph is a consistent narrative
Hidden Figures tells the story of three African American female mathematicians (Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and Taraji P. Henson) who became the brains behind astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit.
Then there’s Loving, the story of a Black woman played by Ruth Negga, who fought for the legalization of interracial marriages. And of course, Fences, the story about a man whose dream of being a famous baseball player was stripped away.
Needless to say, not only did these films create a conversation about overcoming adversity, but they also dominated the box office.
So on Wednesday night, the African American Film Critic’s Association celebrated the season’s biggest movies and stars, including Fences castmates Viola Davis and Denzel Washington and Loving’s, Negga.
“A lot of people complain about us constantly showing tragedy,” Queen Sugar’s Timon Durrett told HipHollywood while on the red carpet. “But that’s whats made a lot of us strong.”
During the awards show, the association also celebrated the 50-year-anniversary of Sidney Poitier’s classic, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, a movie that tackled the controversial conversation surrounding interracial marriages. “Sidney asked Stanley ‘do you think the country is ready for this kind of story,”” Karen Kramer, the wife of the film’s late director, Stanley Kramer told us. “He said ‘no, but we are going to make it anyway.'”
Kramer went on to add that they did a “beautiful job with Loving.”
See the full list of AAFCA Award winners and honorees below.
BEST PICTURE : MOONLIGHT – (A24)
BEST DIRECTOR: BARRY JENKINS, MOONLIGHT – (A24)
BEST ACTOR: DENZEL WASHINGTON, FENCES– (Paramount)
BEST ACTRESS: RUTH NEGGA, LOVING – (Focus Features)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: MAHERSHALA ALI, MOONLIGHT – (A24)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: VIOLA DAVIS, FENCES (Paramount)
BEST ENSEMBLE: THE Cast of HIDDEN FIGURES (20TH Century Fox)
BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE 2017 – Janelle Monae for MOONLIGHT AND HIDDEN FIGURES
BEST INDEPENEDENT FILM: “MOONLIGHT” (A24)
BEST ANIMATION FILM; ZOOTOPIA (Disney)
BEST SONG – “VICTORY” from HIDDEN FIGURES (20th Century Fox)
BEST DOCUMENTARY – 13th (Netflix)
BEST FOREIGN FILM – TANNA (Lightyear Entertainment)
BEST SCREENPLAY – AUGUST WILSON, FENCES – (Paramount)
BEST TV SHOW (Drama) – QUEEN SUGAR – OWN
BEST TV SHOW (Comedy) – ATLANTA – FX
BEST TV SHOW (CABLE/NEW MEDIA – UNDERGROUND – WGN
BEST TV SHOW (Special/Limited Series) – LEMONADE – HBO
AAFCA Top Ten Films of 2016 are as follows in order of distinction:
1. MOONLIGHT – A24
2. FENCES – Paramount
3. HIDDEN FIGURES – 20th Century Fox
4. LION – The Weinstein Company
5. LALA LAND – Lionsgate
6. BIRTH OF A NATION – Fox Searchlight
7. LOVING – Focus Features
8. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – Roadside Attraction/Amazon Studios
9. HELL OR HIGH WATER – Liongsgate/CBS Films
10. QUEEN OF KATWE – Walt Disney Pictures/ESPN Films
AAFCA Top Ten TV shows of 2016 are as follows in order of distinction:
1. QUEEN SUGAR – OWN
2. UNDERGROUND – WGN
3. ATLANTA – FX
4. INSECURE – HBO
5. LUKE CAGE – NETFLIX
6. THIS IS US – NBC
7. BLACKISH – ABC
8. THE GET DOWN – NETFLIX
9. WESTWORLD – HBO
10. SURVIVOR’S REMORSE – STARZ
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