Black Film Critics Awards: ‘King Richard’, Will Smith, Tessa Thompson


The Black Film Critics Circle named Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “King Richard” the Best Film of 2021.

The drama that centers on the rise of Venus and Serena Williams won three additional awards, including Best Actor (Will Smith), Supporting Actress (Aunjanue Ellis) and Original Screenplay (Zach Baylin).

Denis Villeneuve, who helmed ‘Dune’, walked away with Best Director, his first precursor award of the awards season, while the film also nabbed Best Cinematography for Greig Fraser.

The panel of critics recognized Tessa Thompson’s powerful performance in “Passing” with the Best Actress award, her second of the season so far.

Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog” won two awards for Supporting Actor (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Adapted Screenplay (Jane Campion).

In addition to awarding films in 13 categories, the group also presented the Pioneer Award to the co-writer and director of “Zola” Janicza Bravo and the Rising Star Award to the co-writer, director, producer and composer of “The Harder They Fall” Jeymes Samuel, whose film was a finalist for the top prize.

“Summer of Soul” director Questlove received special mention for his groundbreaking documentary debut.

Check out the winners below:

  • Best Picture: “King Richard” (Warner Bros)
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve, “Dune” (Warner Bros)
  • Actor: Will Smith, “King Richard” (Warner Bros)
  • Actress: Tessa Thompson, “Passing” (Netflix)
  • Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
  • Supporting Actress: Aunjanue Ellis, “King Richard” (Warner Bros)
  • Original screenplay: Zach Baylin, “King Richard” (Warner Bros)
  • Adapted Screenplay: Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
  • Photography: Greig Fraser, “Dune” (Warner Bros)
  • Documentary: “Summer of Soul” (Hulu/Searchlight Pictures)
  • Animated film: “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” (Netflix)
  • Foreign Film: “The Hand of God” (Netflix)
  • Together: “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)

BFCC Signature Award

  • Pioneer Award: Janicza Bravo, “Zola” (A24)
  • Rising Star: Jeymes Samuel, “The More They Fall” (Netflix)
  • Special Mention: Questlove

top 10 movies

  1. “King Richard” (Warner Bros)
  2. “The More They Fall” (Netflix)
  3. “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
  4. “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
  5. “Respect” (MGM/United Artists Release)
  6. “Summer of the Soul” (Searchlight Images)
  7. “Dune” (Warner Bros.)
  8. “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (Apple Original Films/A24)
  9. “Cyrano” (MGM/United Artists Liberation)
  10. “Skip” (Netflix)

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