The Black Film Critics Circle have awarded Mudbound their Best Film of 2017, also giving the film wins for Supporting Actress (Mary J. Blige), Adapted Screenplay and Ensemble. Get Out won Best Director and Original Screenplay for Jordan Peele as well as two awards – Industry Pioneer (also to Peele) and Rising Star to Daniel Kaluuya.
Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) won Best Actor and Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) won another Best Actress prize.
Here is the full list of winners.
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Frances McDormand, Three Billboard Outside Ebbing Missouri
Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Animated Film
Blade Runner 2049
Best Foreign Film
A Fantastic Woman
Jordan Peele for his “genre redefining film Get Out. Peele has not only defied box office expectations but helped redefine a genre that very few African American filmmakers ever get to work in. This powerful storyteller has reminded the world that while horror films remains a lucrative entertainment genre there is much room for deeper meaning and social commentary within the context of the ‘scary movie’, the very essence of the word Pioneer.”
Daniel Kaluuya whose performance in Get Out “defines exactly what a rising star is, coming from seemingly nowhere his performance help cement get out as the horror film classic that it is. His ability convey humor, pathos, vulnerability and strength signify an actor whose talents will not only be in demand but will greatly enrich any film he is cast in what we believe will be a very long and memorable career.”
Girls Trip, directed by Malcolm Lee, produced by Will Packer with a script by Kenya Barris & Tracy Oliver and featuring an all-black cast “proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that African-American stories are as just as commercially viable as their white counterparts.”
BLACK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE TOP TEN FILMS OF 2017
2. Get Out
3. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
4. The Shape of Water
5. The Post
8. Wonder Woman
9. I, Tonya
10. Blade Runner 2049
Founded in 2010, the Black Film Critics Circle is comprised of film critics of color from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, radio, television and qualifying online publications. The organization is dedicated to honoring excellence of professionals in the theatrical motion picture industry in U.S. and world cinema. The BFCC also assists in the development of new talent in the field of entertainment journalism through educational opportunities, mentoring and strategic partnerships and raises awareness of the significance of black film and black film history as a critical part of film culture and preservation.