December 14, 2017

LAWT News Service


Jordan Peele’s seismic thriller “Get Out” captured the most wins from the members of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA). Released early in 2017, the film earned Best Film, Best Directing, Best Acting and Best Screenplay recognition from the world’s largest group of professional Black film critics.

In addition to acting newcomer Daniel Kaluuya, AAFCA also recognized Frances McDormand for her tough-as-nails performance as a grieving mom in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”. Laurence Fishburne and Tiffany Haddish won Best Supporting nods for their performances in “Last Flag Flying” and “Girls Trip”, while actor Lakeith Stanfield (who also appears in “Get Out”) earned Breakout Star for his lead role in “Crown Heights”, which also won the group’s Best Independent Award.

“The films released in 2017 captured a plethora of lifestyles, experiences and emotions that allowed our members to engage with a different range of storylines from previous years,” says AAFCA co-founder and president, Gil Robertson. "The success of “Girls Trip”, the first R-rated film starring an all Black female cast to surpass $100 million, and “Get Out”, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut which surpassed $250 million worldwide, prove just how viable Black films are across the board. Also, “Gook”, with its Asian-centered storyline, and “Coco”, the animated film spotlighting Dia de los Muertos, the revered Mexican tradition, provided our membership with an opportunity to recognize storylines that are relevant to communities that have not previously been included on our list. Overall, it was a great year for cinema that reflects the diverse and complicated world that we live in.”

“AAFCA’s Top 10 lists in Film and TV represent the organization’s commitment to an expanded analysis of both mediums,” stated AAFCA co-founder Shawn Edwards. “While content targeting Black audiences dominates both charts, AAFCA is pleased to acknowledge and recognize content that represents the global community.  This wave of new content thrives in an environment where multiple voices are welcomed and championed. Inclusion is a win for everybody.”

As previously announced the 2018 AAFCA Awards Program will include two ceremonies – a Special Achievement Luncheon Sponsored by Morgan Stanley on February 3, 2018 at the California Yacht Club and the AAFCA Awards sponsored by Nissan on February 7, 2018 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. For more information, please visit

Category: Arts & Culture