Photos: Gubu Mbatha-Raw in Belle, David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo in Selma and the cast of Dear White People. (TBW)
Photos: Gubu Mbatha-Raw in Belle, David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo in Selma and the cast of Dear White People. (TBW)
Photos: Gugu Mbatha-Raw in ‘Belle,’ David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo in ‘Selma’ and the cast of ‘Dear White People’. (TBW)

Los Angeles, CA (December 8, 2014) – Selma, the first Hollywood studio film with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the lead protagonist, is the top winner among the critics representing the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA). The Paramount film earned multiple awards from AAFCA for Best Director, (Ava DuVernay); Best Actor for David Oyelowo and Best Song for the theme song “Glory,” by John Legend and Common.

“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. 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,” says AAFCA president Gil Robertson. “We had a lot to pick from this year from Belle, Dear White People, Top Five, Timbuktu and Selma and hope the industry will continue to provide a platform for diversity on the big screen,”  he added.

The following is a complete list of 2014 AAFCA Award winners.

Best Actor                                                David Oyelowo, Selma (Paramount)

Best Actress                                             Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle (Fox Searchlight)

Best Supporting Actress                        Octavia Spencer, Black or White (Relativity)

Best Supporting Actor                           Tyler Perry, Gone Girl (Fox) /J.K. Simmons,
Whiplash (SPC)

Best World Cinema                                Timbuktu (Les Films du Worso)

Breakout Performance                          Tessa Thompson, Dear White People (Ratt.)

Best Director                                           Ava Duvernay, Selma (Paramount)

Best Screenplay                                      Gina Prince-Bythewood, Beyond the Lights (Rela.)

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

Best Ensemble                                        Get On Up (Universal)

Best Independent Film                         Dear White People (Roadside Attractions)

Best Animation                                      The Boxtrolls (Focus)

Best Documentary                                Life Itself (Magnolia)

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

1. Selma
2. The Imitation Game
3. Theory of Everything
4. Birdman
5. Belle
6. Top Five
7. Unbroken
8. Dear White People
9. Get On Up
10. Black or White

The AAFCA will hold its annual awards ceremony and dinner on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, CA.

AAFCA’s Special Achievement honors will be awarded to Universal Pictures, Chair, Donna Langley, LA Film Festival Director & Producer, Stephanie Allain and Blacklist Co-Founder, Franklin Leonard. Motion Picture & Television Producer Debra Martin-Chase will receive the organization’s Ashley Boone Award and Los Angeles Times Entertainment Reporter, Susan King will receive the group’s Roger Ebert Award.

This post was compiled by Nsenga K. Burton, founder & editor-in-chief of the award-winning news and aggregation site, The Burton Wire.

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