AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION 2006 AWARDS
Dreamgirls chosen as Top film of year
December 18, 2006
AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION
SELECTS “DREAMGIRLS” AS TOP FILM OF 2006
Spike Lee Recognized With Special Achievement Honors
Los Angeles, CA (December 18, 2006) – The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has named “Dreamgirls” as the Best Picture of 2006. Written and directed by Bill Condon, the Dreamworks/Paramount Pictures musical captured a majority vote by the organization, which is comprised of African-American media professionals from across the nation.
Forest Whitaker was selected as Best Actor 2006 for “The Last King of Scotland.” Helen Mirren earned AAFCA recognition as Best Actress 2006 for “The Queen.” “Mr. Whitaker elevates an already amazing body of work with his riveting portrayal of Idi Amin,” notes AAFCA President Gil Robertson, IV. “And, although our organization gives specific consideration to work by artists of African descent, Ms. Mirren’s audacious portrayal of Queen Elizabeth is undeniably brilliant and deserving of our recognition.”
In addition to Best Picture, “Dreamgirls” captured the most AAFCA honors of 2006, including Eddie Murphy as Best Supporting Actor, Jennifer Hudson as Best Supporting Actress and Bill Condon as Best Director. “’Dreamgirls’ is an extraordinarily, breathtaking example of inclusive filmmaking at its best, featuring an all African-American cast in an intelligent film with universal appeal. The film will be a classic for people of all colors, but a special source of pride and inspiration for the black community in America and around across the globe,” Robertson explains.
AAFCA bestowed its Special Achievement Honor to director Spike Lee, who enjoyed a career first 100 million dollar box office for “Inside Man,” and delivered the insightful and compassionate HBO documentary “When the Levees Broke.” “Our selection of Mr. Lee was unanimous as 2006 showcased an amazing synthesis of his talents as filmmaker, social activist and infotainer,” states AAFCA board member Lee Bailey, editor of Electronic Urban Report and Radioscope.
Other films included in the organization’s Top Ten include “Akeelah & The Bee,” “Catch a Fire,” “Idlewild” and “The Pursuit of Happyness.” “The films selected for 2006 reflect a fascinating combination of work that’s both entertaining and addresses themes and issues of historic importance,” says AAFCA Vice President, Wilson Morales, editor of Blackfilm.com. “This year’s selections give a strong indication that the film community is becoming more committed to a wider range of stories that entertain and educate.” A complete list follows.
AAFCA 2006 Film Selections
The African-American Film Critics Association’s Top Ten Films of 2006 are as follows in order of distinction:
2. The Last King of Scotland”
3. The Departed
4. Akeelah & The Bee
5. Catch A Fire
8. The Devil Wears Prada
9. Pursuit of Happyness
10. Inside Man