‘Straight Outta Compton’ named top film of 2015 by African American Film Critics Assn.
“Straight Outta Compton,” the box office hit about the influential ‘90s rap group N.W.A, was selected best picture of the year Monday by the African American Film Critics Assn.
The F. Gary Gray-directed film also won for ensemble and supporting actor for Jason Mitchell.
“Creed” also won three AAFCA awards Monday. Ryan Coogler, who earned the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.'s New Generation Award on Sunday, received the director award, Michael B. Jordan won for breakout performance, and Tessa Thompson earned supporting actress honors.
Will Smith received the lead actor award from the critics group for “Concussion,” and Teyonah Parris was named best lead actress for Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq.”
Screenplay honors went to Rick Fumuyiwa for “Dope.” “Chi-Raq” received the award for independent film. “The Peanuts Movie” won animated film, and “A Ballerina’s Tale” earned documentary honors.
“See You Again” from “Furious 7" won for song.
“Our members found an interesting theme in many of the films released this year, giving a voice to communities who have generally been underserved and marginalized in society,” said AAFCA president Gil Robertson in a statement Monday.
“With movies like ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Chi-Raq,’ ‘3 1/2 Minutes’ and ‘Dope,’ filmmakers brought to life many storylines that are a reflection of what’s happening in our world today, including the #BlackLivesMatter movement.”
The AAFCA also released a top 10 list of films for 2015. Joining “Straight Outta Compton” and “Creed” are “Max Max: Fury Road”; “Beasts of No Nation”; “The Martian”; “3 1/2 Minutes/Dope”; “Chi-Raq”; “Carol”; “The Big Short”; and “The Danish Girl.”
The critics group also handed out three television awards. “Black-ish” received the top honor for TV comedy, “How to Get Away with Murder” won in the drama category,” and “Survivor’s Remorse” received the award for cable/new media TV show.
As previously announced, the AAFCA special achievement honors will be awarded to CodeBlack Entertainment CEO Jeff Clanagan; director John Singleton; and Maverick Carter and LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment. The New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis is the recipient of the Robert Ebert Award and HBO will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award.
The AAFCA awards will be handed out at a ceremony on Feb. 10 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.
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