By Denise Petski | Variety
Jordan Peele’s Us has been named this year’s Best Film by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA). The film, which earned over $255 million globally, received three total wins including Peele for Best Director and Lupita Nyong’o for Best Actress.
“Jordan Peele continued to raise the bar in horror specifically and film overall” stated AAFCA President/Co-Founder Gil Robertson. “With ‘Us,’ he once again upended the horror genre. His centering of a black nuclear family determined to survive in a complex storyline in a genre where black family units have historically been unseen is extraordinary. He continues to push previously set boundaries with bold storylines that bring a refreshing perspective to cinema overall and the genre specifically. The film’s $255 million global gross is yet another example that inclusive filmmaking resonates big at the box office and it also resonated critically with our members who awarded the film with our highest honors.”
In other awards, Eddie Murphy received the organization’s Best Actor honor for Dolemite Is My Name. Supporting actor nods went to Jamie Foxx for Just Mercy and Da’Vine Joy Randolph for Dolemite Is My Name.
Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix), Just Mercy (Warner Bros. Pictures), Clemency (Neon) and The Irishman (Netflix) round out AAFCA’s top five best films of 2019, followed by Queen & Slim (Universal Pictures), Waves (A24), Parasite (Neon) and Atlantics (Netflix) tied for the eighth spot, and The Farewell (A24) and Harriet (Focus Features) round out the list.
“This year’s (eleven) best films reflect a wide spectrum of diversity and creativity. Many of them tackle social injustice and challenge the criminal justice system in the United States specifically. AAFCA members, who put in their ballots from as far away as Australia and Jamaica, cast a wide net to recognize films made in the U.S. and beyond.Their choices truly reflect the best of cinema in 2019,” said Robertson.
The AAFCA Awards, sponsored by Nissan, Morgan Stanley and Deadline, takes place on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at the Taglyan Complex. The AAFCA Special Achievement Awards, as announced earlier in the year, will take place Saturday, April 11, 2020 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.
The complete list of AAFCA Awards recipients follows below:
Best Film: Us (Universal Pictures)
Best Actress: Lupita Nyong’o (Us, Universal Pictures)
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 Pictures)
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 Pictures)
The AAFCA 2019 Top Ten Films