Judas and the Black Messiah won honors from the African American Film Critics Association, the world’s largest group of black film critics.
The film was named Best Picture, with star Daniel Kaluuya winning Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Black Panther Party Vice President Fred Hampton and Dominique Fishback named Best Supporting Actress for her role as Deborah Johnson, Hampton’s fiancee and mother of his child. Helmer Shaka King also won the Breakout Director award.
“Serving alongside an all-black production team, Judas and the Black Messiah Director Shaka King has created a project that permanently enshrines Black Panthers pivotal leader 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, ”AAFCA President and Co-Founder Gil Robertson said in a statement. “Daniel Kaluuya in 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 give the film our highest honor.”
One night in Miami received three awards: Best Director for Regina King, Best Screenplay for Kemp Powers and Best Ensemble.
Chadwick Boseman won the latest in a series of Best Actor accolades for his role in Ma Rainey’s black stockings, with Andra Day named best actress for her work in The United States vs. Billie Holiday.
“Our Best Actress winner Andra Day was phenomenal as Billie Holiday,” said Robertson. “Director Lee Daniels has a tremendous 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 range in the future. Ma Rainey’s black stockings, Chadwick Boseman once again demonstrated a great understanding and execution of the acting profession. 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.
A full list of the 2021 AAFCA Award winners, who will be honored at a virtual event on April 7, follows.
Better picture: Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
Best Director: Regina King, One night in Miami (Amazon Studios)
Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s black stockings (Netflix)
Best Actress: Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Hulu)
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
Best Supporting Actress: Dominique Fishback, Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
Best Screenplay: Kemp Powers, One night in Miami (Amazon Studios)
Best overall: One night in Miami (Amazon Studios)
Best Foreign Film: The night of kings (Neon)
Best Documentary: All In: The struggle 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.)
The group – whose members span the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa – also released their top 10 films of 2021, which follow:
1. Judas and the Black Messiah
2. One night in Miami
3. Ma Rainey’s black stockings
4. Nomadic country
5. The night of kings
6. American skin
seven. Da 5 bloods
9. Miss Juneteenth
ten. The United States against. Billie Vacation
Regarding the top 10, Robertson said, “The common theme for all of our top 10 films this year is the grace of humanity. All of these films highlight different circumstances that test the human mind. In a year when COVID-19 forced everyone on this planet to unite against a common threat to our health and well-being, these films have spoken of the resilience and courage we all have to overcome obstacles. difficult. The members of AAFCA have been deeply encouraged and inspired by these incredible stories as we also look forward to returning to “going to the movies” with our family and friends.