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Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

The Gurus Predict Globes for Drama, Musical or Comedy, and Director

African American Film Critics Association Announces Awards And Top Ten Films

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION (AAFCA) ANNOUNCES ITS AWARD WINNERS AND 
TOP TEN FILMS OF THE YEAR
BLACK PANTHER wins three awards including Best Film, Best Director (Ryan Coogler) and Best Song

John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”), Regina Hall (“Support the Girls”), Russell Hornsby (“The Hate U Give”), Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) and Amandla Stenberg (“The Hate U Give”) 
win acting honors

Los Angeles, Dec. 11, 2018 – Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” was named the year’s Best Film today by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the world’s largest group of black film critics comprised of leading film critics from across the country.  The groundbreaking blockbuster also won Best Director (Ryan Coogler) and Best Song (“All the Stars” performed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA with music and lyrics by Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Tiffith, Mark Spears, Solana Rowe and Al Shuckburgh) making it AAFCA’s top award-winner of 2018.

AAFCA also announced winners in several other categories, along with its annual top ten list, with all categories voted on by AAFCA members.

AAFCA Awards Winners:

Best Film: “Black Panther”
Best Director: Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”)
Best Screenplay:  Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Best Actor: John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Best Actress: Regina Hall (“Support the Girls)”
Best Supporting Actor: Russell Hornsby (“The Hate U Give”)
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Best Breakout Performance: Amandla Stenberg (“The Hate U Give”)
Best Animated Film: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Best Independent Film: “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Best Foreign Film: “Roma”
Best Documentary: “Quincy”
Best Song: “All The Stars” (“Black Panther”)
Best New Media: “Red Table Talk”
Best TV Drama:  “Queen Sugar”
Best TV Comedy:  “Insecure”

AAFCA’s Top Ten List:

  1. Black Panther (Walt Disney Studios)
  2. If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)
  3. The Hate U Give (20thCentury Fox)
  4. A Star is Born (Warner Bros. Studios)
  5. Quincy (Netflix)
  6. Roma (Netflix)
  7. Blindspotting (Lionsgate)
  8. The Favourite (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  9. Sorry to Bother You (Annapurna Pictures)
  10. Widows (20thCentury Fox)

“Selecting Disney’s “Black Panther” as the year’s best film was a no-brainer,” stated AAFCA co-founder Shawn Edwards.  “Beyond its tremendous reviews and historic box office performance, the film changed the culture and became a defining moment for Black America. Finally, after years of painfully negative and blatantly harmful depictions of blacks on screen there was a movie full of positive images and characters that blacks could rally around. For many blacks the film’s release was like a national holiday. The movie sparked a sense of pride and inspired Afro-futurism-theme parties, academic panel discussions, scholarship funds, vacation plans to Africa and thousands of black kids dressing-up like their favorite characters on Halloween. Many have waited a lifetime for a moment like this and “Black Panther” delivered with a multi-generational appeal never before seen.”

“It’s been a breakthrough year in cinema on a number of fronts,” said Gil Robertson, president of AAFCA. “Most significantly, the tremendous success of “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” clearly demonstrates that films populated by people of color can perform well overseas. AAFCA’s Top 10 marks the first time so many films by or about black identity have made our list, presenting storylines that reflect the diversity that lives within the black community.  It was also good to see “Roma” and “The Favourite” make our TOP 10 because these films, as well, shine light on themes and storylines representing popular culture.”

Several special achievement awards will be announced in the coming weeks including the Cinema Vanguard Award, the ICON Award, AAFCA’s Stanley Kramer Award and the organization’s inaugural Pioneer Award.

The AAFCA Awards, sponsored by Nissan, Home Depot and Morgan Stanley Global Sports & Entertainment, will take place on February 6, 2019 at the Taglyan Complex.  For additional information, please visit AAFCA.COM.

ABOUT AAFCA
Established in 2003, AAFCA is the premiere 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 storytellers from the African Diaspora. The organization’s primary mission is to cultivate understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contributions of African descended talent to cinematic and television culture – from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined breakthroughs of future generations.  AAFCA members are a geographically diverse cross-section of journalists, covering all genres of the cinematic arts, while representing multiple mediums – including print, TV, radio broadcast and online. Collectively, they reach a worldwide audience in excess of 100 million. As a non-profit organization, AAFCA is committed to numerous educational and philanthropic efforts, particularly those that foster and celebrate diversity and inclusion. For more information on AAFCA and its programs visit http://AAFCA.com.

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Bill Siegel, 56, Director Of The Trials Of Muhammad Ali, Co-Director, The Weather Underground

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Bill Siegel, 56, Director Of The Trials Of Muhammad Ali, Co-Director, The Weather Underground

Sir Peter Jackson To Restore His Early Pics: Heavenly Creatures, Braindead, Meet The Feebles, Bad Taste

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

“I’ve got about an hour or two of us shooting Bad Taste, seven or eight hours of us shooting The Feebles, 50 to 60 hours of us filming Braindead, and at least 70 hours of us doing Heavenly Creatures. And it’s not just people talking to camera, it’s actually a guy on the set filming us making the film. So there’s some pretty interesting stuff there and none of it has ever been out.”
Sir Peter Jackson To Restore His Early Pics

Aquaman

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Melvin Dummar

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Star-Tribune Film Critic Colin Covert Out On Decade-Long “Ethics Breach”

Monday, December 10th, 2018

“I’m sorry to say that through too many mistakes over the last 30 years I have compromised the Star Tribune’s meticulous reputation for integrity. The paper has given me the opportunity to craft a wonderful, important career and through its benefits safeguarded me through three serious health crises. It is no exaggeration to say that I am grateful from the bottom of my heart. When blunders occur it is proper to admit them, correct them and move on.”
Star Tribune Film Critic Colin Covert Out On Decades-Long “Ethics Breach”

Rookie via Tavi Gevinson

Monday, December 10th, 2018

CBS Studio City

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Oscar Could Repeat The Peter Coyote Experiment And Go Sans Host

Monday, December 10th, 2018

“They’re freaking out.”
Oscar Could Repeat The 2000 Peter Coyote Experiment And Go Sans A Host

Adrian Curry Faves 2018 Movie Posters

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Adrian Curry Faves 2018 Movie Posters

“All Hallmark Christmas movies are horror films in disguise”

Monday, December 10th, 2018

“All Hallmark Christmas movies are horror films in disguise”

Mowgli Composer Nitin Sawhney

Monday, December 10th, 2018

“If you ask me what a dystopia is, I think we’re in one – a world led by people who normalise bullshit. We’re moving towards an unpalatable world. The things I see and read are disgusting… You can’t trust any of the people you’re supposed to trust.”
Mowgli Composer Nitin Sawhney

Jonathan Romney Profiles Yorgos Lanthimos

Monday, December 10th, 2018

“Starting in Greece, you couldn’t say, ‘I’m going to become a filmmaker.’ A 15-year-old boy in Greece in the 80s and 90s? There was nothing like that happening. Commercials felt like it would be a real job, instead of being in marketing or something. I thought: it’s not going to be filmmaking, but it’s going to be close.”
Jonathan Romney Profiles Yorgos Lanthimos

Hannah Gadsby touted for Oscars hosting gig

Monday, December 10th, 2018

“Hannah Gadsby touted for Oscars hosting gig”

Meet the Staff of Hot Docs 2019

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Meet the Staff of Hot Docs 2019

BFCA Nominations 2018

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Critics Choice Awards Bestows Fourteen Baubles Upon The Favourite; Multiple Nominations For Black Panther, First Man, Mary Poppins Returns, A Star Is Born, Vice
And“The voting members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, of which I am and long have been one, have the pulse of — or, at least, a similar pulse to — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is probably why most of the nominees always turn up,” Writes Scott Feinberg

Chicago Film Critics Association Stake Roma To Five Wins; Two Each for The Favourite, First Reformed, Hereditary, If Beale Street Could Talk

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Chicago Film Critics Association Stake Roma To Five Wins; Two Each for The Favourite, First Reformed, Hereditary, If Beale Street Could Talk

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Lavishes Roma

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Lavishes Roma

Roma, BlacKkKlansman Find Favor at 2018 SF Film Critics Circle Awards

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Roma, BlacKkKlansman Find Favor at 2018 SF Film Critics Circle Awards