Jordan Peele’s horror blockbuster won three awards, while half of the organization’s top 10 films were directed by women.
The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) named Jordan Peele’s acclaimed horror film “Us” (Universal) Best Film of 2019. The year’s tenth-highest-grossing box office won three awards, including Best Director for Peele and Best Actress for star Lupita Nyong’o.
“Jordan Peele has continued to raise the bar when it comes to horror in particular and film in general,” said AAFCA President/Co-Founder Gil Robertson. “With ‘Us’, he has once again turned the horror genre on its head. His centering of a black nuclear family determined to survive in a complex storyline in a genre where black family units have always been invisible is extraordinary. It continues to push previously set boundaries with bold storylines that bring a refreshing perspective to filmmaking in general and the genre in particular.The film’s $255 million worldwide gross is another example that inclusive filmmaking resonates greatly at the box. -office and it also resonated critically with our members who gave the film our highest accolades.
Craig Brewer’s “Dolemite Is My Name” (Netflix) picked up two wins, including Best Actor for Eddie Murphy and Da’vine Joy Randolph for Best Supporting Actress. Murphy “is an icon whose genius has often gone unrecognized in the ‘traditional,'” Robertson said, “and we couldn’t be happier to have him receive this honor while paying homage to Rudy Ray Moore, a other icon.”
A24’s family drama “Waves” and Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” (Neon) picked up two wins each. Kelvin Harrison, Jr. scored the best breakout performance in “Waves,” and co-star Taylor Russell picked up the We See You award. “Parasite” won Best Foreign Language Film and Best Screenplay.
Other winners include Jamie Foxx for Best Supporting Actor (“Just Mercy” from Warner Bros.), Universal’s “Abominable” for Best Animated Feature, “The Black Godfather” (Netflix) for Best documentary and “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”. (A24) for Best Independent Film. The Organizational Impact award went to Universal’s “Queen & Slim.”
Additionally, the AAFCA, whose members span the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa, announced its top 10 films of the year, which were also topped by “Us”. Half of the 10 films were directed by women, all women of color – this in a year the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has come under fire for once again excluding female directors, although 2019 was a banner year for feature films directed by women. .
“This year’s top films reflect a wide range of diversity and creativity,” Robertson said. “Many of them are addressing social injustice and challenging the criminal justice system in the United States in particular. AAFCA members, who voted from as far away as Australia and Jamaica, cast a wide net to recognize films made in the United States and beyond. Their picks truly reflect the best in cinema in 2019.”
The AAFCA Awards take place on Wednesday, January 22, 2019 at the Taglyan Complex.
See the full list of AAFCA award winners and top ten films below.
Best film : “We” (Universal Pictures)
Best Director: Jordan Peele (“Us”, Universal Pictures)
Best actor: Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”, Netflix)
Best Actress: Lupita Nyong’o (“We”, Universal Pictures)
Best Supporting Actor: Jamie Foxx (“Just Mercy”, Warner Bros. Pictures)
Best Supporting Actress: Da’Vine Joy Randolph (“Dolemite Is My Name”, Netflix)
Best evasion performance: Kelvin Harrison, Jr. (“Waves”, A24)
Best animated film: “Abominable” (Universal Pictures)
Best Documentary: “The Dark Godfather” (Netflix)
Best foreign film: “Parasite” (neon)
Best independent film: “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (A24)
Best Screenplay (Shown with blacklist): Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite” (neon)
Impact Price: “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures)
Price We see you: Taylor Russell (“Waves”, A24)
The Top Ten Films of AAFCA 2019
1. “We” (Universal Pictures)
2. “Dolemite is my name” (Netflix)
3. “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
4. “Clemency” (Neon)
5. “The Irishman” (Netflix)
6. “Queen & Slim” (universal images)
7. “Waves” (A24)
8. TIE “Parasite” (Neon) and “Atlantic” (Netflix)
9. Farewell (A24)
10. “Harriet” (main features)