The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) announced today the winners of the 14th annual AAFCA Awards honoring outstanding achievement in film. The Woman King, Till, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery each won two AAFCA Awards with The Woman King taking Best Picture and Best Director for Gina Prince-Bythewood, Till for Best Actress (Danielle Deadwyler) and the Emerging Face award (Jaylin Hall), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever for Best Supporting Actress (Angela Bassett) and Best Song (Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up”) and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery for Best Writing (Rian Johnson) and Best Ensemble.
Other winners include Best Supporting Actor Brian Tyree Henry (Causeway), Emerging Filmmaker Carey Williams (Emergency), Best Independent Feature (Nanny), Best Animated Feature (“Wendell & Wild”), Best Documentary (Sidney) and Best International Feature (Saint Omer). Best Live Action Short went to Kendrick Lamar’s We Cry Together and Best Animated Short went to Colman and Raul Domingo’s New Moon.
AAFCA also announced honorees for several special achievement awards including Till for the Impact Award, Composer, Michael Abels (Nope) for the Innovator Award – presented by Nissan, Production Designer Hannah Beachler (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) for the Building Change Award presented by Lowes, Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith (Emancipation) for the Beacon Award and Producer Nate Moore (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) for the Ashley Boone Award.
Winners and special honorees will be celebrated at the 14th Annual AAFCA Awards on March 1st at the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The announcement was made today by AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson. “AAFCA is deeply honored to recognize some of the most captivating films and performances of the year,” said Robertson. “These thought-provoking stories of strength, determination and courage lift us and entertain us. It’s an honor to recognize the incredible, visionary work both in front of and behind the camera of this year’s AAFCA Award winners.”
Here is the complete list of winners.
Best Picture: The Woman King
Best Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Woman King)
Best Actor: Jeremy Pope (The Inspection)
Best Actress: Danielle Deadwyler (Till)
Best Supporting Actor: Brian Tyree Henry (Causeway)
Best Supporting Actress: Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
Emerging Face: Jaylin Hall (Till & Bruiser)
Emerging Filmmaker: Carey Williams (Emergency)
Best Independent Feature: Nanny
Best Animated Feature: Wendell & Wild
Best Documentary: Sidney
Best Ensemble: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Best Writing: Rian Johnson (Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery)
Best International Feature: Saint Omer
Best Song: “Lift Me Up” (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
Best Live Action Short: We Cry Together
Best Animated Short: New Moon
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT HONOREES | 14TH ANNUAL AAFCA AWARDS
Impact Award: Till
The Innovator Award, presented by Nissan: Composer, Michael Abels (Nope)
Building Change Award, presented by Lowes: Production Designer, Hannah Beachler (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
The Beacon Award: Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith (Emancipation)
The Ashley Boone Award: Producer, Nate Moore (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)