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Audience Voting Opens TODAY (January 15) For ABFF 2014 Hollywood Awards

Audience Voting Opens TODAY (January 15) For ABFF 2014 Hollywood Awards

Last month, Film Life has announced the launch of The ABFF Hollywood Awards, an online platform created by the American Black film Festival, to recognize the work of people of African descent in the film industry, as well as outstanding films portraying the varied experiences of Black people nationally. 

The participatory ABFF Hollywood Awards was created to give audiences a chance to determine their favorite Black films and performances of the year, as well as to draw attention to Black cinema during annual Hollywood’s awards season.


The 2014 winners will be revealed in a 5-minute “web show” scheduled to broadcast on on February 19th, with comedian Chris Spencer (Executive Producer/Creator of BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood) hosting. 

The online event will feature Spencer tracking down each winner to present their Award trophy, as well as capture their acceptance speeches. 

Today, Film Life, Inc. has revealed the nominations for The ABFF Hollywood Awards, who were selected by a jury of film critics and entertainment editors from African American media outlets around the country. For consideration, films must have had U.S. theatrical release dates between January 1 and December 31, 2013, with a minimum two-week run in New York and Los Angeles, as well as have been directed by, written by, produced by or featuring in a leading role, a person(s) of African descent. Individuals (actors, directors, producers, and writers) must be of African descent.

“Hollywood is an industry centered on gaining widespread interest and support of mass audiences yet the large majority of awards platforms are determined by small and relatively non diverse groups of industry insiders. This award will allow people from all walks of life a chance to participate in the process of celebrating good work”, said Jeff Friday, ABFF Founder/CEO of Film Life, Inc. 

ABFF Hollywood Awards will be determined by popular vote of the general public; inclusive of the 90,000 plus American Black Film Festival alumni around the world. Voting will take place January 15 through January 22, at

The nominees follow below:


12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures) – produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan and Anthony Katagas

Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company) – produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (The Weinstein Company) – produced by Pam Williams, Laura Ziskin, Lee Daniels, Buddy Patrick and Cassian Elwes

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (The Weinstein Company) – produced by David M. Thompson and Anant Singh

The Best Man Holiday (Universal Pictures) – produced by Sean Daniel and Malcolm D. Lee


Morris Chestnut – The Best Man Holiday

Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years A Slave

Idris Elba – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station 

Forest Whitaker – Lee Daniels’ The Butler


Halle Berry – The Call 

Danai Gurira – Mother of George 

LisaGay Hamilton – Go for Sisters

Nia Long – The Best Man Holiday 

Kerry Washington – Peeples


Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips

Cuba Gooding, Jr. – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Terrence Howard – The Best Man Holiday

Samuel L. Jackson – Oldboy

David Oyelowo – Lee Daniels’ The Butler


Nicole Beharie – 42: The Jackie Robinson Story

Naomie Harris – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Sanaa Lathan – The Best Man Holiday

Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years A Slave

Octavia Spencer – Fruitvale Station 

Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler


Ryan Coogler – Fruitvale Station 

Lee Daniels – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Antoine Fuqua – Olympus Has Fallen 

Malcolm D. Lee – The Best Man Holiday

Spike Lee – Oldboy

Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave


12 Years A Slave (written by: John Ridley)

Black Nativity (written by: Kasi Lemmons)

Fruitvale Station (written by: Ryan Coogler)

The Best Man Holiday (written by: Malcolm D. Lee)

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (written by: Michael Starrbury)


Baggage Claim

Black Nativity

Fast & Furious 6

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

The Best Man Holiday


Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips

Chadwick Boseman – 42: The Jackie Robinson Story

Skylan Brooks – The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station

Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years A Slave

ARTIST OF THE YEAR for an artist (male or female) in recognition of their collective body of work for the year.

Idris Elba (appeared in: Pacific Rim, Thor: The Dark World, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Kevin Hart (appeared in: Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, This Is The End, Grudge Match; produced: Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain)

Dwayne Johnson (starred in: Snitch, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain, Fast & Furious 6)

Tyler Perry (appeared in: Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, wrote, directed and produced: Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor and Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas; produced: Peeples)

Forest Whitaker (appeared in: Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Black Nativity, Out of the Furnace; produced: Fruitvale Station)

STUDIO OF THE YEAR for a motion picture studio in recognition of the distribution of quality films directed by, written by, produced by or featuring in a leading role, a person(s) of African descent. 

Lionsgate/Codeblack/Summit Entertainment: (Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, Peeples, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete)

The Weinstein Company (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Fruitvale Station, Scary Movie 5)

Twentieth Century/Fox Searchlight Pictures (12 Years A Slave, Baggage Claim, Black Nativity)

Universal Pictures (Fast & Furious 6, The Best Man Holiday, Riddick)

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The Awards and Film Festival are a part of the ABFF brand’s global initiative to showcase Black artists, stories and culture to a broader audience, promoting its universal appeal.

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