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The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the world’s largest group of black film critics, has tapped Jordan Peele’s Us as the best film of 2019, the group announced Tuesday.
Peele was also named best director, while the horror film’s star Lupita Nyong’o earned best actress honors. The success comes two years after Peele’s Get Out was the big winner with the AAFCA, when it picked up four awards including best film, director, screenplay and actor (Daniel Kaluuya).
Among the other acting nods, Eddie Murphy was tapped as best actor for his turn in Dolemite Is My Name, while Da’Vine Joy Randolph was named best supporting actress for her performance in the same Netflix comedy. The AAFCA named Jamie Foxx best supporting actor for Just Mercy and gave the breakout performance award to Waves star Kelvin Harrison Jr. Waves actress Taylor Russell was given the We See You Award.
Melina Matsoukas’ debut feature Queen & Slim — the romantic crime movie written by Lena Waithe and James Frey and starring Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith — was given the AAFCA’s Impact Award.
Elsewhere, Netflix’s The Black Godfather, a film about the legendary music executive Clarence Avant, was named best documentary; Bong Joon Ho’s awards juggernaut Parasite was named best foreign film and also took the prize for best screenplay; Joe Talbot’s indie drama The Last Black Man in San Francisco was named best independent film; and Universal’s Abominable was named best animated film.
Full list of winners of AAFCA 2019 awards
Best Film: Us (Universal)
Best Director: Jordan Peele (Us, Universal)
Best Actor: Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name, Netflix)
Best Actress: Lupita Nyong’o (Us, Universal)
Best Supporting Actor: Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy, Warner Bros.)
Best Supporting Actress: Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite Is My Name, Netflix)
Best Breakout Performance: Kelvin Harrison, Jr. (Waves, A24)
Best Animated Film: Abominable (Universal)
Best Documentary: The Black Godfather (Netflix)
Best Foreign Film: Parasite (Neon)
Best Independent Film: The Last Black Man in San Francisco (A24)
Best Screenplay Presented with The Black List: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite (Neon)
Impact Award: Queen & Slim (Universal)
We See You Award: Taylor Russell (Waves, A24)?
AAFCA 10 Best Films of 2019
1. Us (Universal)
2. Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)
3. Just Mercy (Warner Bros.)
4. Clemency (Neon)
5. The Irishman (Netflix)
6. Queen & Slim (Universal)
7. Waves (A24)
Tie for 8. Parasite (Neon) and Atlantics (Netflix)
9. The Farewell (A24)
10. Harriet (Focus)
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