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‘Selma’ Tops African American Film Critics Association Winners

'Selma' Tops African American Film Critics Association Winners

The group also handed honors to Ava DuVernay for Best Director, Best Actor David Oyelowo, and Best Song for the theme “Glory” by John Legend and Common. Though this first MLK Jr. biopic—really more of a window into one period in his life—doesn’t hit theaters until Christmas, the film has been been gaining traction in the Academy Awards race, winning honors from the National Board of Review, Palm Springs International Film Festival and more.

Other winners were “Belle” leading lady Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Black or White”‘s Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer and a Best Supporting Actor tie between J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash” and Tyler Perry’s terrific “Gone Girl” performance.

Gina Prince-Bythewood took Best Screenplay for “Beyond the Lights,” while Gotham winner Tessa Thompson got Breakout Performance kudos for “Dear White People.” “Life Itself” took documentary honors, “The Boxtrolls” won Best Animated Film, “Timbuktu” received the world cinema prize and “Get On Up” won for Best Ensemble. AAFCAA’s top ten is as follows:

1. “Selma
2. “The Imitation Game”
3. “The Theory of Everything”
4. “Birdman”
5. “Belle”
6. “Top Five”
7. “Unbroken”
8. “Dear White People”
9. “Get On Up”
10. “Black or White”

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