Critics Choice to Honor Delroy Lindo, John Legend and More at 3rd Annual Celebration of Black Cinema

Delroy Lindo and John Legend
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Delroy Lindo (left) and John Legend

Tessa Thompson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Leslie Odom Jr. and Andra Day also are among those who will be recognized at the Feb. 2 event.

The Critics Choice Association on Tuesday said that actor Delroy Lindo will receive the career achievement award at its Celebration of Black Cinema, set for Feb. 2.

Lindo, who can currently be seen in Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods, also has appeared in The Cider House Rules, Heist and three other Lee films: Clockers, Crooklyn and Malcolm X. He’ll next appear in the Netflix film The Harder They Fall.  

In addition, other honorees at the third annual event will include John Legend and Mike Jackson; Tessa Thompson; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; Leslie Odom Jr., Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree and Aldis Hodge; and Andra Day.

Legend and Jackson will receive the producers award. Eight years ago Legend and Jackson, alongside Ty Stiklorius, founded Get Lifted Film Co., which has produced such projects as the Netflix original movie Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey and the Netflix original documentary Giving Voice.

Thompson will receive the actors award. She serves as both star and executive producer of Amazon’s period film Sylvie's Love.

Abdul-Mateen II will receive the breakthrough award. He most recently won an Emmy for his role as Cal Abar/Dr. Manhattan in HBO's Watchmen and can currently be seen in Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 on Netflix.

Odom, Ben-Adir, Goree and Hodge will receive the ensemble award for their work in One Night in Miami. The Amazon film was directed by Regina King.

Day will be recognized with the special honoree award for her work in Lee Daniels' The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

The event will also showcase a series of photographs captured by Black filmmaker Tommy Oliver (40 Years a Prisoner, Black Love) around Los Angeles in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

Author and media personality Bevy Smith will host the event, which will benefit the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Gold Program, an industry talent development, diversity and inclusion initiative to provide individuals, with a focus on underrepresented communities, access and resources to achieve their career pathways in filmmaking.

"The Critics Choice Association is thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize the work of these extraordinary artists in a year where the intersection of art and activism has never been more necessary," executive producer Shawn Edwards said.  "Each of our honorees personifies the greatness of Black cinema in 2020."