The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has named Zero Dark Thirty as the Best Picture of 2012. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the Columbia Pictures release captured a majority vote by the organization, which is comprised of leading African-American media professionals from across the nation.
AAFCA named Ben Affleck as Best Director of 2012 for Argo. Denzel Washington was named Best Actor for Flight, alongside Emayatzy Corinealdi who earned Best Actress for Middle of Nowhere. Sally Field received the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Lincoln and Nate Parker earned Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Arbitrage. Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere was voted Best Screenplay. DuVernay’s film was also honored as Best Independent Film of 2012. France’s entry The Intouchables was named Best Foreign film. Critically-acclaimed newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis was awarded 2012 Best Breakout Performance for Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Peter Ramsey’s, Rise of the Guardians won for Best Animated feature. Eugene Jarecki’s The House I Live In (Charlotte Street Films) and Deborah Riley Draper’s Versailles ’73 (Coffee Bluff Pictures) tied for 2012’s Best Documentary. Composer Kathryn Bostic and Music Supervisor Morgan Rhodes of Middle of Nowhere were honored for Best Music.
AAFCA’s 2012 Special Achievement Award honorees are Billy Dee Williams, Cicely Tyson, Clint Culpepper and Rainforest Films. They are receiving special awards for career achievement.
“The selections made this year reflect the refreshing abundance of both studio and independent work that provided a stellar array of roles for both veteran actors and new faces in front of and behind the camera,” says Gil Robertson IV, AAFCA President and Founder.
Django Unchained starring Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Think Like a Man, starring Meagan Good and Kevin Hart rounded out AAFCA’s top-ten list.
The organization will formally present this year’s honors during a private ceremony at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, CA on Friday, February 8, 2013 .