The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) has voted “BLACK PANTHER” Best Film of 2018, RYAN COOGLER Best Director for “BLACK PANTHER”, VIOLA DAVIS Best Actress for “WIDOWS” and BRADLEY COOPER Best Actor for “A STAR IS BORN”. 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 16, 2018.
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 has been a year of significant advancement for story tellers of color” says Sargent. “the diversity of types of films being made by Filmmakers of color and how well they have been received at the Global box office speaks volumes to antiquated notion that” ‘black films don’t travel’ or have international appeal”. Sargent continues “More precisely put, the global success of the black experience as captured on film shows ‘Black Stories matter.” “Congratulations to all of the winners.”
The complete list of award winners include:
Best Picture: Black Panther
Best Director: Ryan Coogler
Best Actor: Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Best Actress: Viola Davis – Widows
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Original Screenplay: Sorry To Bother You – Boots Riley
Best Adapted Screenplay: If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins
Best Cinematography: Roma
Best Foreign Film: Roma
Best Documentary: Quincy
Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Best Ensemble: Black Panther
BFCC Signature Awards
￼￼￼Pioneer – Spike Lee
This year’s BFCC Pioneer Award is given to Writer/Director/Producer/Actor Spike Lee for his immense contributions in Film and Television this year with ‘Blackkklansman’, ‘Pass over’, , ‘Nigerian Prince’, ‘Tales from the Hood 2’ and the recent ‘She’s Gotta Have It TV series’’. Lee has proved that perseverance; artistic integrity and an unerring commitment to excellence and social relevance will always yield remarkable results. Since his debut film “She’s Gotta Have it” and socially relevant narrative film classics like “Malcolm X”, ”Chi-Raq”, “25th Hour”, “Jungle Fever”. To extraordinarily powerful documentaries like “4 Little Girls” and “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts” Lee continues to prove that film can be a force for activism and expands the boundaries of what black filmmakers can achieve. Spike Lee embodies the very essence of the word Pioneer.
Rising Star – Amandla Stenberg
Amandla Stenberg’s acting work in this year “The Hate U Give”, “Darkest Minds”, “Where Hands Touch” shows she is an acting force to be reckoned with. The veracity and honesty she brings to her performances shows she will truly be an acting force to be reckoned with in the years ahead.
SPECIAL MENTION – Sorry To Bother You
Special Mention goes to “Sorry to bother you” by Writer/ Director Boots Riley. Based on his original screenplay and starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson. This highly original High-concept comedy takes place in an Alternate Present day reality and explores race relations, identity politics, corporate malevolence in the United States. The film is both a scathing social commentary on America’s racism, injustice, and corporate greed, while being laugh-out-loud hilarious. This is truly a film we felt needed special recognition.
BLACK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE TOP TEN FILMS OF 2018
1. Black Panther
2. Blackkklansman 3. Beale Street
4. The Hate U Give 5. Roma
6. A Star Is Born
8. The Favourite
9. Blindspotting 10. A Quiet Place
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 and co-Presidents are journalists Mike Sargent (WBAI-FM NY/ARISE.TV), Wilson Morales (Blackfilm.com).
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