Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"

The Black Film Critics Circle has given top honors to “12 Years a Slave” and its director, Steve McQueen.

The lead actor and actress awards went to “12 Year’s” Chiwetel Ejiofor and “Short Term 12’s” Brie Larson, respectively.

In addition to these awards, the BFCC also gives Special Signature awards. This year, Tyler Perry received the industry pioneer award, and “Fruitvale Station” director Ryan Coogler was named “rising star.”

The announcement was made today by Mike Sargent, co-president, BFCC. Votes were cast and tabulated in New York at the organization’s annual meeting on December 17, 2013.

Complete list of winners:

Best Picture – “12 Years a Slave”
Best Director – Steve McQueen for “12 Years a Slave”
Best Actor – Chiwetel Ejiofor for “12 Years a Slave”
Best Actress – Brie Larson for “Short Term 12”
Best Supporting Actor – Jared Leto for “Dallas Buyers Club”
Best Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave”
Best Original Screenplay – David O. Russell and Eric Singer for “American Hustle”
Best Adapted Screenplay – John Ridley for “12 Years a Slave”
Best Documentary – “20 Feet from Stardom”
Best Animated Film – “Frozen”
Best Cinematography – “Gravity”
Best Foreign Film – “Blue is the Warmest Color”
Best Ensemble – “12 Years a Slave”

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