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African-American Film Critics Association Names ‘Selma’ Top Film of 2014

The African-American Film Critics Association has announced the winners of the AAFCA Awards, with “Selma” leading the pack.

The Ava Duvernay-helmed pic about Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored as the top film of 2014, in addition to a best actor award for David Oyelowo’s performance as King and best director for Duvernay.

Other honorees include Gugu Mbatha-Raw, named best actress for her performance in “Belle,” and the cast of “Get on Up,” named best ensemble.

“Our members found the output of cinema released this year to be a truly insightful mix of titles that reflect the world we live in,” said AAFCA president Gil Robertson. “The members of AAFCA were especially pleased with this range of storytelling supported by the studios that gave voice to the many sides of the experience of black people in America and around the world.”

The AAFCA will hold its annual award ceremony on February 4, 2015, at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

Here is a complete list of the 2014 AAFCA Awards winners:

Best Actor  —  David Oyelowo, “Selma

Best Actress — Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Belle”

Best Supporting Actress — Octavia Spencer, “Black and White”

Best Supporting Actor  —  Tyler Perry, “Gone Girl”/J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best World Cinema —  “Timbuktu”

Breakout Performance — Tessa Thompson, “Dear White People”

Best Director  —  Ava Duvernay, “Selma”

Best Screenplay —  Gina Prince-Bythewood, “Beyond the Lights”

Best Music  —  John Legend/Common, “Glory” (from “Selma”)

Best Ensemble  —  “Get On Up”

Best Independent Film —  “Dear White People”

Best Animation — “The Boxtrolls”

Best Documentary — “Life Itself”


AAFCA Top Ten Films of 2014 are as follows in order of distinction:

“The Imitation Game”
“Theory of Everything”
“Top Five”
“Dear White People”
“Get On Up”
“Black and White”

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