Chadwick Boseman won the Best Actor award for “My Rainey’s Black Bottom,” but it was two other films that dominated the critics’ choices.
The Association of African American Film Critics chose Shaka King’s “Judas and the Black Messiah” as the best film of the year. This is the 12th such award in the history of the organization, which last year bestowed the highest honors on “Us” by Jordan Peele.
“Judas and the Black Messiah” was the big winner, as it also won the award for Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Kaluuya and Best Supporting Actress for Dominique Fishback. “One Night in Miami” tied “Judas” for most wins, however, with three awards in total: Best Director for Regina King, Best Screenplay for Kemp Powers, and Best Overall. The wins from both of these films help them gain momentum as the awards season progresses.
Are you also gaining ground? Chadwick Boseman, voted Best Actor by the Critics Group for his performance as a tormented trumpeter in “My Rainey’s Black Bottom”. This follows Best Actor wins for the late performer at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, which, added to BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, make him the favorite to beat for Best Actor at the Oscars on the 25th. April.
“In ‘My Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Chadwick Boseman once again demonstrated great understanding and excellent execution of acting,” said AAFCA President / Co-Founder Gil Robertson . “In what is the final performance of his career, he confirmed why he will forever be considered one of the best actors of his generation. The AAFCA is extremely happy to pay tribute to him for this extraordinary performance.
Andra Day won the award for Best Actress for the Leading Role in “The United States Against Billie Holiday”. Robertson said, “Our Best Actress winner Andra Day was phenomenal as Billie Holiday. Director Lee Daniels has a formidable talent for bringing out the best in her actors and Day was no exception as she delivered a performance that serves as an impressive launch to an acting career that we believe holds great promise. AAFCA members are excited to see even more of its lineup in the future.
Regarding ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’, the president of the organization said: ‘Alongside an all-black production crew,’ Judas and the Black Messiah ‘director Shaka King has created a project that dedicates permanently Black Panthers frontman Fred Hampton as an American hero. Released in the context of the current Black Lives Matter movement, the film’s message of commitment and sacrifice for social justice is empowering. Daniel Kaluuya as Hampton is literally on fire and is well supported by Dominique Fishback who has increasingly become an actress to watch. Our members are delighted to award the film our highest honor. “
Here is the full list of winners:
Best Film: Judas and the Dark Messiah (Warner Bros.)
Best Director: Regina King, A Night in Miami (Amazon Studios)
Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)
Best Actress: Andra Day, USA vs. Billie Holiday (Hulu)
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas & The Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
Best Supporting Actress: Dominique Fishback, Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
Best Screenplay: Kemp Powers, A Night in Miami (Amazon Studios)
Best Ensemble: One Night In Miami (Amazon Studios)
Best Foreign Film: Night of the Kings (Neon)
Best Documentary: All In: The Fight For Democracy (Amazon Studios)
Best Animation: Soul (Pixar / Disney)
Best Short Film: Two Distant Strangers
Breakout Performances: Radha Blank (Netflix)
Director: Shaka King (Warner Bros.)
In addition, the organization, the largest voting body for black critics in the world, picked its Top 10 Films of the Year.
1. “Judas and the Black Messiah”
2. “One night in Miami”
3. “Ma Rainey’s black background”
4. “Nomadic country”
5. “The night of kings”
6. “American skin”
7. “Da 5 bloods”
9. “Miss Juneteenth”
10. “The United States against. Billie Vacation “