"Soul Food" and "Eve's Bayou" Among the Top Nominees
for ABFF Honors

by Eugene Hernandez

The nominees for the Acapulco Film Festival's "Black Film Awards" were
announced in Los Angeles on late last week, with George Tillman Jr.'s
"Soul Food" receiving 6 nods (Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, two
for Best Actress and Best Soundtrack) and Kasi Lemmon's "Eve's Bayou"
among the films that received 4 nominations (Best Film, Best Director,
Best Actor, and Best Soundtrack).

Twelve 1997 films that were either directed, written or produced by
African Americans were eligible, with nominations determined by a
nationally distributed ballot and will be awarded at the second annual
Acapulco Black Film Festival in July. Festival attendees will chose the
award winners.

The complete list of nominees follows:

Best Film

"Eve's Bayou" (Trimark)

"Hoodlum" (United Artists)

"Love Jones" (New Line)

"Rosewood" (Warner Bros.)

"Soul Food" (Fox 2000)

Best Director

Bill Duke ("Hoodlum")

Spike Lee ("Four Little Girls")

Kasi Lemmons ("Eve's Bayou")

John Singleton ("Rosewood")

George Tillman Jr. ("Soul Food")

Best Actor

Michael Beach ("Soul Food")

Laurence Fishburne ("Hoodlum")

Samuel L. Jackson ("Eve's Bayou")

Ving Rhames ("Rosewood")

Lorenz Tate ("Love Jones")

Best Actress

Halle Berry ("B.A.P.S.")

Vivica A. Fox ("Soul Food")

Nia Long ("Love Jones")

Cicely Tyson ("Hoodlum")

Vanessa Williams ("Soul Food")

Best Soundtrack

"Eve's Bayou" (MCA)

"Love Jones" (Sony/Columbia)

"Metro" (Artista-LaFace)

"Rosewood" (Sony Music Entertainment)

"Soul Food" (LaFace)

[For more information on the ABFF, call 212/219-7267]