“Mudbound” Named Best Film Of 2017 By The Black Film Critics CirclePosted by Wilson Morales
December 18, 2016
The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) has voted “MUDBOUND” Best Film of 2017, JORDAN PEELE Best Director for “GET OUT”, FRANCES MCDORMAND Best Actress for “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI ” and GARY OLDMAN Best Actor for “DARKEST HOUR”. The announcement was made today by Mike Sargent, co-president, BFCC. Votes were cast and tabulated in NY at the organization’s annual meeting on December 15, 2017.
Recognizing achievements in theatrical motion pictures, the BFCC awarded prizes in 13 categories including best picture, best director, original and adapted screenplay, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best animated feature, best independent film, best documentary feature, best foreign film and best ensemble. Special Signature awards are also given to industry pioneers and rising stars.
“This is been an enormous year for storytellers of color” says Sargent. “For the first time we are seeing a large diversity of films that are not just starring actors, not just being written by, and not just being directed or produce by but written, directed, produced and starring African-Americans, shattering barriers and ushering in a true era of black film.”
“Never before have had we more African-American directors (Jordan Peele, F. Gary Gray, Malcolm Lee) with films grossing over $100M each in the same year. And with Amma Asante, Stella Meghie, Janice Bravo, Dee Rees, Margaret Betts, and Angela Robinson (all black female directors) making films released by studios this year, change is not coming, change is here.” African-American filmmakers are breaking box-office records, redefining genres and reminding the world that we have many stories yet to be told.”
The complete list of award winners include:
Best Film: Mudbound
Best Director: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboard outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Supporting Actress: Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Best Original Screenplay: Get Out
Best Adapted Screenplay: Mudbound
Best Documentary: Strong Island
Best Animated Film: Coco
Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049
Best Ensemble: Mudbound
Best Foreign Film: A Fantastic Woman
BFCC Signature Awards include:
Pioneer – Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele is deserving of this years BFCC Industry Pioneer award because of his hugely successful pioneering genre redefining film ‘Get Out’. Peele has not only defied box office expectations but helped redefine a genre that very few African American filmmakers ever get to work in. This powerful storyteller has reminded the world that while horror films remains a lucrative entertainment genre there is much room for deeper meaning and social commentary within the context of the “scary movie”, the very essence of the word Pioneer.
Daniel Kaluuya’s performance in ‘Get Out’ defines exactly what a rising star is, coming from seemingly nowhere his performance help cement get out as the horror film classic that it is. His ability convey humor, pathos, vulnerability, and strength signify an actor whose talents will not only be in demand but will greatly enrich any film he is cast in what we believe will be a very long and memorable career.
SPECIAL MENTION – Girls Trip
Special Mention goes to ‘Girls Trip’. Besides being the year’s biggest R-rated comedy and runaway hit with audiences and critics alike, “Girls Trip” became the first film to be produced (Will Packer, Malcolm D. Lee), directed (Malcolm D. Lee), written (Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver) and starring (Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Tiffany Haddish) African Americans to make $100 million at the box office.
When you throw in Hidden Figures in the mix, because it went wide on January 7th of this year and ended with an $169M domestic gross, films led by an African American female cast has a big draw that hasn’t been tapped into with the great deal.
BLACK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE TOP TEN FILMS OF 2017
2. Get Out
3. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
4. The Shape of Water
5. The Post
8. Wonder Woman
9. I, Tonya
10. Blade Runner 2049
Founded in 2010, the Black Film Critics Circle is a membership organization comprised of film critics of color from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, radio, television and qualifying on-line publications. The organization is dedicated to honoring excellence of professionals in the theatrical motion picture industry in U.S. and World Cinema. Its mission is to celebrate contributions and achievements in film by people of the black Diaspora who work in front of and behind the camera, maintain the integrity of a true Critics organization and advance a collective vision of journalists of the black Diaspora. BFCC assists in the development of new talent in the field of entertainment journalism through educational opportunities, mentoring and strategic partnerships and raises awareness of the significance of black film and black film history as a critical part of film culture and preservation. The organization meets annually in December to vote on the year’s films. BFCC’s Founding Members are journalists Mike Sargent (WBAI-FM NY/ARISE.TV), Wilson Morales (Blackfilm.com), and Shawn Edwards (WDAF-TV Fox Affiliate Kansas City, MO).
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