The winners of the third annual African American Film Critics Association TV Honors were announced Wednesday, with Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” taking home awards in the Best Drama and Best Screenplay categories and also receiving the inaugural Impact Award. of the AAFCA.
“Lovecraft Country” and “The Underground Railroad” also won several awards, with the first show winning acting honors for Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors and the latter winning the Best Limited Series and Best Director category for Barry Jenkins.
Robin Thede’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show” won Best Comedy, while “The Equalizer” won Best New Show. “Sylvie’s Love” was named Best Picture, while the Best Docuseries category was tied between HBO’s “Exterminate All the Brutes” and Netflix’s “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America”.
In total, HBO took home four awards, Amazon Prime Video took home three, OWN took home two, and CBS and Netflix took one each. The prizes were chosen by a jury from the AAFCA.
“We hope that the wide range of offerings this year indicates a permanent shift in the quality and depth of storytelling capturing the experience of black people on television,” said AAFCA co-founder and president Gil Robertson, in a press release. “It’s a strong list that we believe reflects a new standard in diversity and inclusion for television.”
In addition to the Impact Award for “Queen Sugar”, previously announced special prizes will be awarded to Steve McQueen, Wanda Sykes, Naomi Ackie, Michaela Coel, HBO / HBO MAX and “Lupine”.
The awards will be presented at a private ceremony on August 21 hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown that will take place outdoors at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. Only fully vaccinated guests will be allowed to attend.
WINNERS OF THE 2021 AAFCA TV HONORARY AWARD
• Best Actress: Jurnee Smollett, “Lovecraft Country”, HBO
• Best actor: Jonathan Majors, “Lovecraft Country”, HBO
• Best drama: “Queen Sugar”, CLEAN
• Best Comedy: “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” HBO
• Best New Show: “The Equalizer”, CBS
• Best limited series: “The Underground Railroad”, Amazon Prime Video
• Best docu-series: “Exterminate All the Brutes”, HBO and “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America”, Netflix
• Better writing: “Queen Sugar”, CLEAN
• Best Director: Barry Jenkins, “The Underground Railroad,” Amazon Prime Video
• Best film: “Sylvie’s Love”, Amazon Prime Video