Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx honored at the African American Film Critics Awards

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jamie Foxx has won a plethora of major awards, including an Oscar and a Grammy. But after the African American Film Critics Association recognized him on Wednesday night, the actor-singer called his honor just as special.

Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Jordan Peele were among the honorees at the 11th annual ceremony in Los Angeles.

“People say so much about other awards, but it’s special when it comes from your own people,” said Foxx, who won best supporting actor for his role in ‘Just Mercy.’

“It’s just special,” he said after receiving the award from the organization, which actively reviews films with a focus on projects that include the black experience. The awards mainly highlight films produced, written, directed and featuring people from the African Diaspora as well as other ethnic projects that are innovative.

The Oscar nominee “Parasite,” a South Korean thriller, won two awards for best screenplay and best foreign film, sharing the honor with “Atlantics,” a Senegalese romance.

Through his translator, “Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho says African Americans played a big role for him while he was studying film at university in South Korea. He said he used to create his own subtitles for Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever.”

“At the time, my English wasn’t very good, so subtitling was quite an experience,” Bong said. “I had no idea there were so many swear words in the English language. Thanks to Spike Lee, I learned so much.

Bong said he finally met Lee at an awards show a few weeks ago. The director snapped a photo with Lee, but didn’t get a chance to tell him how he captioned his movies in college.

“If any of you know him, please tell him that I would like to get in touch with him,” said his interpreter as the audience burst into laughter.

After Bong left the stage, Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter – who has worked with Lee for more than 20 years – said she could put the two directors in touch.

Murphy wasn’t in attendance, but he won Best Actor for his role in Netflix’s “Dolemite Is My Name.”

For the second time, a film directed by Peele won the AAFCA award for best film. His film “Us,” starring Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, won the series’ highest honor.

“For my second project, the whole question was ‘What are you going to do?’ I knew I wanted to bring something different, something that people didn’t expect,” said Peele, who also won Best Director. In 2018, his film “Get Out” won Best Picture.

“I wanted to take a risk,” he continued. “It means so much to me to be recognized for this huge risk, this huge swing. … It encourages me and a lot of other people to take big leaps.

Music director Clarence Avant received the Game Changer award. Netflix documentary ‘The Black Godfather’, which chronicles Avant’s story, was named Best Documentary.

Matthew Cherry, who earned his first Oscar nomination for ‘Hair Love’, won the breakthrough director award.

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ director Peter Ramsey said Cherry “hit a nerve” with his animated short, which delves into the story of an African-American father who learns to style her daughter’s hair for the first time. .

“It’s important to honor each other, especially when groundbreaking filmmaking happens,” Cherry said. “It’s been happening since the beginning of cinema, so it’s really important that we honor each other.”

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