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12 Years a Slave topped the African-American Film Critics Association’s (AAFCA) list of its top 10 films of 2013, the organization announced Friday. The film also earned honors for best director, best screenplay and best newcomer for Steve McQueen, John Ridley and Lupita Nyong’o, respectively.
The ceremony honoring this year’s winners will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, Calif.
In the acting categories, Forest Whitaker won best actor for his work in Lee Daniels: The Butler. Sandra Bullock was honored as best actress for Gravity. Oprah Winfrey received best supporting actress for her role in The Butler and Jared Leto earned best supporting actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club.
“The film industry reached an incredibly high benchmark in 2013 in terms of the level of performance and diversity on screen,” says Gil Robertson, AAFCA president and founder. “From the dramatic and heartwarming performances given by Whitaker and Winfrey, to Jared Leto’s incredible transformation as a transgender, the performances this year represented some of the finest examples of the acting craft.”
AAFCA’s Special Achievement honors will be awarded to AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, The Weinstein Co.’s Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Fox Searchlight’s Zola Mashariki and DGA president Paris Barclay.
Founded in 2003, AAFCA honors talents and cinematic arts that have a lasting impact on the black community.
The full list of African-American Film Critics Association’s top 10 films of 2013 is below:
1. 12 Years a Slave
2. Lee Daniels: The Butler
3. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
4. American Hustle
6. Fruitvale Station
7. Dallas Buyers Club
8. Saving Mr. Banks
9. Out of the Furnace
Best Actor: Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels: The Butler (TWC)
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, Gravity (Warner Bros.)
Best Supporting Actress: Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels: The Butler (TWC)
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
Best World Cinema: Mother of George (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Breakout Performance: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
Best Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
Best Music: Raphael Sadiq, Black Nativity (RCA Inspirational)
Best Independent Film: Fruitvale Station (TWC)
Best Animation: Frozen (Walt Disney Pictures)
Best Documentary: American Promise (Rada Film Group)
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