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Black Film Critics Circle Salutes ‘Selma’

Paramount’s “Selma” easily swept the board with prizes from the Black Film Critics Circle, winning six awards, including best picture and acting ensemble.

The film also won for Ava DuVernay, director; David Oyelowo, actor; Carmen Ejogo, supporting actress; and Paul Webb, original screenplay.

Other winners include actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw for “Belle”; supporting actor J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”; adapted screenplay, Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”; cinematography, Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”; foreign film, Poland’s “Ida”; documentary, the Alan Hicks-directed “Keep on Keepin’ On”; and animation, “The Lego Movie.”

Voting was done at the organization’s annual meeting in New York on Dec. 21.

In making the announcement, the org’s co-president Mike Sargent said, “This has been an incredibly diverse and progressive year for black film. Not only have we had dramas, comedies, thrillers and action films, 2014 has seen the rise of the black female director. This is also a year where we have seen biopics on no less then five black historical figures. And we’ve seen films starring black actors from the diaspora and, with the rise of Nollywood in the global marketplace, the future of black film looks very bright.”

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