The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) bestowed their nominations on Monday, when it announced the contenders for the 2014 edition.
The highlight was one of the most anticipated movies of the season – Selma. The film depicts the journey of civil right leader Martin Luther King Jr. as he navigates through the terrains of racial injustice. Considering the current racial climate, Selma, which opens on Dec. 25th, will surely entice an impressive crowd.
Selma topped the list of the ten best films in 2014; it also garnered Ava DuVernay the best director nomination. Actor David Oyelowo who portrays Dr. King got a best actor nod and John Legend’s collaboration with Common for the song Glory also got recognition for best song.
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.” — AAFCA President Gil Robertson
Other notables included actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw who was got a best actress nomination for her affecting performance in Belle, Tessa Thompson who was recognized in the breakout performance category for her role in Dear White People, and Gina Prince-Blythewood, whose screenplay for Beyond the Lights was duly recognized.
Overall the AAFCA was impressed with the effort that were showcased this year, and president Gil Robertson shared the sentiment of the organization in a statement, “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 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”.
A complete list of 2014 AAFCA Awards winners follows:
Actor David Oyelowo, Selma (Paramount)
Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle (Fox Searchlight)
Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer, Black ot White (Relativity)
Supporting Actor Tyler Perry, Gone Girl (Fox) J.K. Simmons, Whiplash (SPC)
World Cinema Timbuktu (Les Films du Worso)
Breakout Performance Tessa Thompson, Dear White People (Roadside Attractions)
Director Ava Duvernay, Selma (Paramount)
Screenplay Gina Prince-Bythewood, Beyond the Lights (Relativity)
Music John Legend/Common, “Glory” (Selma soundtrack)
Ensemble Get On Up (Universal)
Independent Film Dear White People (Roadside Attractions)
Animation The Boxtrolls (Focus)
Documentary Life Itself (Magnolia)
AAFCA Top Ten Films of 2014 in order of distinction:
2. The Imitation Game
3. Theory of Everything
6. Top Five
8. Dear White People
9. Get On Up
10. Black or White
Check out more movie stills and photos from Selma on the next page.
(Image Credits: Paramount Pictures, Twitter)