Black Film Critics Circle Nominates ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Best Picture – Deadline


EXCLUSIVE: The Black Film Critics Circle voted Eddie Murphy as star Dolemite is my name as his Best Film of 2019. Murphy also won Best Actor, while Lupita Nyong’o won Best Actress for We. And for the first time in the organization’s nine-year history, there was a tie for Best Director between Kasi Lemmons for Harriet and Martin Scorsese for The Irishman.

Recognizing achievements in cinematic cinema, the BFCC presented awards in 13 categories, including Best Picture, Director, Original and Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Actress, Animated Feature, Independent Film, Feature documentary, foreign film and ensemble. Special Signature Awards are also given to industry pioneers and rising stars. (See full list below)

Said Mike Sargent of BFCC, “This year has cemented the reality that we are in a ‘Film Noir Renaissance.’ The unprecedented amount of diversity in films that primarily feature people of color in lead roles, and the amount of films created by filmmakers of color is staggering. We are truly in an era that can only be described as the Black Film Renaissance in every sense of the word. At a time when Hollywood is devoured by remakes, reboots and sequels, black filmmakers from across the diaspora have consistently delivered the most original, engaging and socially relevant films of the year. The power of movies like Harriet by Kasi Lemmons and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am reinforces the indisputable truth that “black stories matter.” “Congratulations to all the winners.”

Here is the list of BFCC winners:

Best film
Dolemite is my name
Best Director
Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) and Kasi Lemmons (Harriet)
Best actor: Eddie Murphy (Dolemite is my name)
Best Actress: Lupita Nyong’o (We)
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt (Once upon a time in Hollywood)
Best Supporting Actress: Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite Is My Name)
Best Original Screenplay: Lena Waithe (Queen and Slim)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian (The Irishman)
Best Cinematography:Roger Deakins (1917)
best foreign film: Parasite
Best Documentary: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Best animated film: I lost my body
Best Together: Dolemite is my name
Pioneer Award: Ruth E. Carter
rising star: Kelvin J. Harrison
Special mention: Lloyd ‘Kam’ Williams


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