Precursor: 17th African American Critics Awards (2019)

The African American Film Critics Associaiton has announced its winners for 2019 and while they may predominantly select black winners, their awards don’t look terribly different from the mainstream, suggesting that diversity is finally spreading. No major surprises here, though this does pretty much tell us that Waves will not be manifesting as a dark horse contender at the Oscars.

Award Tallies

(3) Us
(2) Dolemite Is My Name, Parasite, Waves

The Awards

Best Film


Best Animated Film


Best Director

Jordan Peele – Us

Best Actor

Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name

Best Actress

Lupita Nyong’o – Us

Best Supporting Actor

Jamie Foxx – Just Mercy

Best Supporting Actress

Divine Joy Randolph – Dolemite Is My Name

Best Screenplay


Best Foreign Film


Best Documentary

The Black Godfather

Best Breakout Performance

Kelvin Harrison Jr. – Waves

Best Independent Film

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Wee See You

Taylor Russell – Waves

Impact Award

Queen & Slim

Top Ten of 2018

  1. Us
  2. Dolemite Is My Name
  3. Just Mercy
  4. Clemency
  5. The Irishman
  6. Queen & Slim
  7. Waves
  8. Parasite
  9. Atlantics
  10. The Farewell
  11. Harriet

African American Film Critics Association Data

First Awards: 2003 (17)

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